Last night as I was waiting for my CNC machine to finish a cutting a doorway I started thinking about how this project would have been a lot easier if I had the glowforge.
I was curious as to what projects you guys have worked on that you are going to be revisiting once you have your glowforge. (post pictures if you have them!)
This is one thing I would definitely like to try again once I get the glowforge, however there will be a lot more to it. My girlfriend wanted to make a house/lounger for our cat, so we started last night. Its a good project to let her learn the build process for things like this.
The first part we cut was the porthole for the main entryway (kinda looks like a stargate). There are windows and front facade still to be cut. The first photo shows what this looks like. It will essentially sit like this, except we are going to trim the bottoms off of the outer spokes so that it sits inside the hole, with only those resting on the rim. (we might cut the lower outside of the ring a tiny bit too if the mdf allows). After that we will follow the same process to make a few small round window, and a wood trimmed stone facade for the front.
Now here is where the glowforge would have been great. I could have engraved the big piece of .5" MDF we are using for the front wall and have been done with it, however to do that on a CNC mill takes a LONG time, and I am only using the built in software which doesnt really support 3d cutting either, so mocking it up would have been a pain. I could have easily cut back all that material with the glowforge while giving it some color and texture as well. The ring could have been cut straight into the same piece of MDF with finer detail and maybe even some grain on the bricks. This is one of those projects where I would have been using the passthrough on the pro, as the piece is about 3 feet long. It would have been pretty sweet to just be able to feed that through and be done. We still have a good bit of work ahead of us, but it will be awesome once its finished!