New material, new project!

So a little while back I made a post about finding all kinds of nice materials to laser while at Ikea, I’ll link it below:

Well, I finally got around to using the cork placemats that I purchased. They are awesome! One of my aunts is having a family reunion soon and they always take something to either use as door prizes or as an auction item (can’t remember what she said…) but asked if I could make something. Many of you that have been watching my posts for a while now know that I can’t say no to family. We decided on a set of four coasters. I came up with a pretty simple little logo for them and decided to try the cork sheets, because, why not? First try and they came out great! I actually still had the small piece of walnut hardwood that came with the forge, so I cut them out as well, same size, and plan on gluing them to the bottoms of the cork, just to give a little more height and a more finished look. Let me know what you all think!

P.S.
Will contact cement work to bond the two different materials together? Thanks!

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Contact cement is vicious, like rubber cement on crazy steroids. It will bond cork to wood easily.

Those placemats sand nicely, you could easily sand the black edges off for a more finished look once you glue it up.

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I’m curious why you’d use walnut rather than more cork to raise the height. I mean, people put cork on the BACK of wood to keep it from scratching the surfaces. It’s sort of funny to do it the other way around.

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I honestly just wanted to see what it would look like lol. The PG walnut is already super smooth, so I don’t really think there would be an issue with it scratching anything

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I don’t think smooth matters… it’s just two hard surfaces rubbing against each other. But, honestly, it’s probably not a big deal compared to all the other things you’d put on a table.

Maybe you should make the coasters reversible!

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Reversible…now there’s an idea lol

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craft foam makes a great backing for coasters

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I have the polyester felts squares form Target with lots of different colors. It works great as a coaster backing. I have a bunch of cork left over from the wedding coasters and now I’ll engrave them for a cork coaster with felt backing.

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That thread is classic. it should be pinned. :smiley:

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What setting did you find you liked for the cork board?

Hey @jekiper sorry for the delay, I just saw the question! I believe I used:
Engrave settings: Speed 1000, Power 7 or 8 and LPI at 225 to engrave and
Cut Settings: Speed 270, Full Power
Also just did auto focus to get the height

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