127: Acrylic Cement

Most of the work I do with the laser is 2D: a flat piece of plastic or wood is engraved, maybe cut into a shape. But I've assembled plenty of 3D objects using laser-cut pieces, especially by paying close attention to kerf to make sure that box joints snap together tightly. But even if your [...]

126: Movie Prop Replicas

There are times when my day job and my laser come together in fun ways.  You may remember project 80: The Katana Stand, or even 93: Specialized Museum Trays.  This month, museum staff got tasked to work on something a little different: Haunted Quarry.  Every October, the Batavia Park District turns the Hall Quarry Beach [...]

125: Spice Rack Labels

This is just one of those things you buy—or are given—when you're moving into your first place. You've got your own kitchen now, right? Well, you're gonna need to get your own spices, and you probably should have a place to put 'em, eh? Well, like a lot of folks, Jen and I killed two [...]

123: Semi-Precious Stone Engraving

A recent client sent me a few small precious gemstones to see how easily they could be engraved. I did some tests on them, with varying results, and sent them back her way. We went with a really simple five point star to test the engraving quality—with the smallest one just .07" in diameter! Out [...]

122: Stone Inlay

For this post, I thought I was going to explore steam bending wood, but in doing my research, I totally got distracted by stone inlay in wood.  (Bending wood will happen sometime, I promise!)  I have seen where woodworking artists used crushed turquoise to fill in gaps in turned bowls, tables and jewelry to great [...]

121: Anodized Aluminum Moai

When Jen and I were first researching buying a laser, we didn't plan on buying the one we ended up with. We were looking to get a small, semi-portable solution. But my brother Johnny found a family out in Terre Haute, Indiana, who had owned their laser for about a year and realized they weren't [...]