The maze is not meant for you


So, for my first Glowforge project, I decided to do something I had started over a year prior… The maze from Westworld.
Now, I had had this thing designed, maze AND box art, within a few days of the episode airing, but I couldn’t get my hands on a laser, which seemed the only way to do this right (the tight corners mean no CNC bit would be small enough).
The entire thing was cut on the glowforge, including the lid. I designed in an erratic outer ring of peaks and valleys to simulate the look of a hand cut wall for the lid, and it came out really well. Looks just like the prop. Similarly, there are some wonky bits in the paths of the maze; a couple of walls that taper to really thin points on one side, two paths that are offset where a wall blocks the way, and a wall that tapers at the end, to name a few. These are all intentional and done to match the prop.
I also recreated the box art from scratch. Aside from the text, it was digitally painted 100% on my iPad Pro.

Hope you guys like it.


I think I want to make one. That looks like a fun maze too. :grinning:


Wow! Love the artwork (big fan of pigs). So that"s an engrave?


Oh, I forgot that part: The art was printed on literally just some shipping label stock from Staples, stuck on and then the edges sanded to blend better into the wood, then a brisk sanding with 220 grit over the whole thing to give it a worn, aged appearance, then some dirtying up (especially 'round the edges) with a “schmear” crayon, which is what movies use to age and dirty clothes.


So cool! I was going to do a maze in acrylic but haven’t found a little ball to go in there. I love the artwork and am tremendously impressed by your iPad skills!


I’ve never heard of that, so I had to look it up. Got a hoot out of the selections…

  • Fullers Earth
  • Raw Umber
  • Rotten Stone
  • Burnt Umber
  • Fullers Earth
  • Raw Umber
  • Burnt Umber
  • Rotten Stone
  • Rotten Fuller
  • Black
  • Clear Blender
  • Sweat Stains
  • Grass Stains


Wow, it looks great! I just re-watched season 1 last week and I must say I’d have assumed this was a photo of the actual prop from the show if I’d seen it anywhere but this forum. :slight_smile:


Thanks! I do graphics for Film/TV as a living, so I’ve got some practice!


Yeah, Sweat stains was the specific one I used on this particular one.


Nice job. At first I thought was a remake of this earlier project.


That is hay mazing. :wink:


This is gorgeous and I love the worn/handmade look – great inspiration and reminder of what’s possible with the laser. I’d love to see a closeup of the lid edge if you are so inclined.


Here’s a few more pics.





I picked up a batch of 500 ball bearings in 5 sizes of 1/4" and smaller last week for about $5 on Amazon. I am going to use some to load dice, but mazes would be a great use, too


Out of curiosity, what painting app(s) do you use on your iPad Pro?


Thanks for the pics — such an amazing job!


Love it! I made one using the plans from JustaddSharks on Instructables. The lid cover there was from a screen grab. Your lid cover is just awesome.


Must remember not to play in your establishment !