You can only scale down so far


#1

I again used one of Steve Good’s designs and adapted it for the GF. I wanted to use the leftover pieces of the blue plywood I had from the wine carriers. I had to scale down a 14” wide design to a 5” wide piece the detail in some of the lettering burnt out.


#2

I have been using his designs as well and it is interesting to see just how small you can go before losing the ability to properly cut the design. Nicely done! :sunglasses::glowforge:


#3

Yeah, that happens… that looks great though…looks vintage! :wink:


#4

I has a nice distressed look, like an heirloom handed down…


#5

wouldn’t you turn up the resolution of the activity on the GF when you shrink something like that?

Very cool piece!

John


#6

You can play with the speed power etc to get a lot of detail, if Jules can engrave a grain of rice, you can get an engrave of the finest detail. getting a set of letters, Getting it to cut is another matter, but deep engraves are possible even to the point of leaving only spider webs as so:


the piece is about an inch tall and is 1/16" Walnut.


#7

There are ways to compensate for the kerf at that level of shrinkage but it would be a lot of work. Basically you move the cutline outward so the kerf doesn’t take so much of the material. What I do is place a “kerfwide” stroke on the line then do an outline stroke (this would be in Illustrator) then choose the outer line to cut on. That is a really simplified description and maybe you’ve tried it already.


#8

I just made my own blue plywood with Aniline Dye. It’s like using a liquid sharpie.


#9

As medicine for fish there is a material called Methylene Blue that will even dte tile I think as it even dyed the fish tank sand, it is not kind to creatures of the microscopic world, but could make a difference in wood and even make some protection for the wood.