For all of us that are waiting for the arrival of the mighty Glowforge to our homes, what is the first real project you are going to do? Sure, we’ll all make the Founder’s ruler and all that, but after that what are you going to tackle?
For me, the first thing I’m going to try is an engrave/cut of this motif into a playing card box:
It is part of one of my previous deck designs and was on the seal and also on the back of the cards, and I have plans to create a super-limited-edition gilded version of the deck (I kept about 50 decks aside to do this project).
I’ve been patiently waiting for the Glowforge since I originally did this deck in late 2015 and I want to create a super luxurious box with the motif engraved into the paper, along with various cutout parts so that a collector can view their gilded deck without really having to open the box. There’s a lot of detail packed into that small space so it will certainly be a test of what the GF can do! I think it will perform admirably from the tests I’ve seen other folks do so far.
For some reason I really have coasters on the brain.
I want to make some wood coasters with Japanese manhole covers, perhaps with some accents in poured resin or an acrylic base. I am completely in love with the ones posted by @Tony and I’m excited to finally make some use out of the manhole cover pictures I’ve obsessively taken on trips there over the past 7 or so years.
Also, my husband and I started curling last year. I want to make some acrylic coasters with a curling house, maybe some stone markers, and our club logo for us and as gifts for our teammates.
I also used to hand-engrave pictures onto acrylic and the edge light them, so I’m excited to make much more awesome edge-lit signs.
I’m going to make some numbers for my house - I have some, but they’re very hard to see from the street. I’m thinking I’ll cut the numbers out of one sheet of wood, discard the numbers and keep the cutout, and paint it black. Then paint a backing board white, glue the two together, and then fill the number spaces with some reflective glass beads. I’m hoping that will make it stand out better at night.
Then on to some fun stuff! Cardstock, stamps, anodized aluminum. . .
LOVE this topic. I’ve gone around several times about what my first “real” project is going to be.
I think at this point it is going to be a set of coasters and some kind of holder for them. I have several ideas for designs (LOVE the Geek themed coasters I’ve seen around here).
I have several of my mugs that people have ordered 2 YEARS ago and have been waiting for my laser to arrive so I can custom make their wooden mugs with custom lasered logo on the side.
Finally, for Christmas, I am planning on making a display quality version of Settlers of Catan, 6 person version for my family. I have most of the artwork gathered together that I want to use, and concepts of all the pieces. I have most of the wood that I’ll need for the board. Now with the low power option on the laser, I’m also going to customize the cards as well. (lots of detail work in my future)