Hi forum peeps!
I think this forum is an outstanding source of information, and I have spent lots of time reading up on various things, to the detriment of my household chores. At the risk of asking something that has already been answered, I have a few questions I thought I would throw out there.
- When engraving on non-proofgrade material (wenge to be exact), should I be concerned about flame-ups? I have tested a small portion to check the depth using the proofgrade maple settings, and it came out good. But there were a lot of flames in certain spots blowing towards the front that immediately went out. I am just wondering if that is harmful to the machine or if I should dial back the power some (was set at full power, 1000 speed).
- If my design does not exactly align with the edge of the wood, and some of the engraving overlaps it (basically lasering the honeycomb tray), will that cause any issues? I tried to get the outline as precise as I could but am worried it is not perfect and don’t know what happens if it isn’t.
- If my material (wenge again) is very dark so that I have trouble seeing how to line it up in the app, what can I do to prevent the design from lining up outside the edges? I want to engrave all the way to the edge of the material because it will be joined to another piece, also engraved.
- Kerf - I have read lots of posts about kerf, but now I am wondering how to adjust for kerf on a really shallow engrave. I read Jules’s document and used it to cut my inlay pieces (which are veneer), and that worked perfectly. As for the engraved hole in the wood, I think it needs to be just a hair wider. Do I just make it wider in Inkscape or try to come up with some kind of kerf value per that document?
Thanks so much in advance, I will also add that I am completely new to all this. Very exciting stuff!