At work we have a Microsoft OneNote page that has some useful information about the laser cutters we have there. One section lists sources for various kinds of material. In there was a description of a product that Dunn Lumber sells called “Doorskin”. This is a 3mm thick material consisting of an MDF core with a hardwood veneer skin.
It is relatively inexpensive, so I decided to give it a try and so picked up a sheet of Birch Doorskin yesterday. Some initial thoughts:
- Cuts really nicely on the GF
- The veneer is beautiful and without flaws
- The material has no voids
- The veneer side appears to be sanded
- Only one side has veneer; the other side is raw MDF
- Structurally, this appears to be a very weak material, easily snapped by hand
- Dunn Lumber stores the material vertically, resting on the floor, meaning there is guaranteed to be significant warpage.
Here are the settings that I found worked well with this material:
- Speed: 200, Power: Full (GF basic)
- Speed: 185, Power 100 (GF Pro or Basic)
- Speed: 125, Power: 21 (Just used Medium Maple Plywood defaults)
For engraving, this material seems to not be all that useful. Here is a pic of my test engrave pattern:
Here is a picture of the veneered surface:
And here is the non-veneered surface: