I made a Nativity set for my daughter for Christmas and this idea might have been shared before and I just haven’t run across the thread.
To be upfront… the pieces weren’t cutout on the Glowforge. But I wanted to share an idea that I utilized in making the pieces.
Normally, when doing any work utilizing my scroll saw, I use a spray adhesive and stick the paper pattern to the wood. Most of the time, the pattern gets chewed up when cutting out the piece and the paper pattern is barely holding on for dear life as I get to the end of cutting out each piece.
So I came up with the idea of marking my pattern on the wood by using the Glowforge. Once I came up with my pattern, I removed the tray and inserted my 1 1/4" mahogany wood. I used the “score” setting and reduced the power to 10. Printed the patterns for each piece and then cut them out on the scroll saw.
The line work was exceedingly easy to see and it didn’t flap around on the wood as each piece got cut out. It was SUCH a pleasure having the pattern printed on the wood rather than having it printed on paper and glued to the wood!
I don’t do a LOT of scroll saw work… but that was a game changer for me!
Oh, I also made a box to hold the pieces. I DID use the GF to cut out the spaces for each piece and then printed the box lid with a personal touch for my daughter.