I’ve been researching for 2 days to find a solution for a customer-friend. He needs a 10"x7"x3" box with a hinged lid and a specific laser engraved design on the lid. It needs to be 1/8" (3mm) thick. This is all easy, but he wants it in a dark wood-grain colour, like walnut. The darkest wood I can source locally in Ontario, Canada is cherry, and it’s way too light. I researched several possibilities, all of which are less than ideal, and I thought I’d ask more experienced people that may roll their eyes at how easy the solution is. Here are things I’ve considered:
- Buying thin wood veneer and gluing it onto light woods that I have, then laser engrave/cut. I can’t find dark veneer rolls anywhere locally. Only in China. And I don’t know if wood glue is laser safe, I have yet to look into this. And this is time sensitive.
- Staining the wood, but I’ve read you shouldn’t engrave/cut stained wood.
- Painting the wood a dark brown and using a graining tool to simulate wood grains. Although it seems this works best with stains, and my understanding is stain is generally non-laser safe. But acrylic paint is?
- Using self adhesive films that look like wood. But most of these seem to contain PVC and are therefore non-laser safe.
- PG materials are not an option that is feasible, as I’m in Canada.
Are there other options that anyone can think of?