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 [...]

September Updates

Hello folks! In addition to the main project happening this September, we'll also be spending 52 minutes doing 52 updates to 52lasers.com. While this means there'll be a shiny new look and a few new features, it also means that there might be out-of-date links, inappropriately-sized pictures and myriad other miniature issues to sort through. [...]

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 [...]