I am super excited about how well this turned out. There are some minor imperfections, but they are not very noticeable. Overall I think it looks amazing.
I followed instructions I found on the forums for measuring the kerf of the laser and adjusted my AI design to account for it. I may have measured wrong or not adjusted properly because I had to make more adjustments later. Basically the pieces were too big after I adjusted for kerf, luckily I didn’t cut them all in one go. It was slow going in the beginning, but once I got the size right, they popped in super easy.
I used 1/2" MDF as a backing board. I used contact cement gel as the glue, which worked very well and there was no clamping needed! I then sanded and used a water-based lacquer for the finish using super fine steel wool to sand in between coats. I think I applied 4 coats.
This design was made just to see how hard it would be and how small of pieces I could use. I’m confidant now that I can do so much with this technique.