So, this is actually my second project. My first was a bunch of very cool stainless steel dog-tag bottle openers I made for a group of guys that does not want their unit logo to be posted publicly. I wish I could post them because they look waaaay better than I expected. I’m almost considering a side job making similar items. Anyway, many thanks to this community for making it easy to get the settings exactly right on my first try on that one.
This project started this morning when my wife mentioned that we didn’t have very many 4th of July decorations on our deck. I figured I have this new laser toy and I should use it to solve the problem.
As a guy who has spent many years working with wood, it was absolutely amazing to me that I could design and cut this while drinking my morning coffee, and still in my bathrobe. Even more amazing is that everything fits together PERFECTLY. No sanding. No putty. I could have even skipped the glue.
I have a lot of very fancy woodworking tools and it stills takes some patience and skill to get joints as tight as my Glowforge made while I was standing a few feet away, sipping coffee, and talking to my 5 year old.
Now, a lot of people have posted a lot of exceptionally cool things here. Frankly it’s a little intimidating. I know I’m not nearly the artist that many people here are, but I’m happy with my first attempt at cutting something useful. It’s just a very simple table lamp (meant to be used with a led light), with a 4th of July theme. There is red, white, and blue crepe paper glued to the inside. The pics don’t actually do it justice The colors aren’t as bright as they look in real life. Also, the eagle isn’t my design. It’s a royalty-free image I used on a website design years ago, and modified slightly today to make it cut well.
Gluing this together was the longest and most complicated step in the whole project. I’m really looking forward to posting some much cooler stuff in the near future.