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Re: DIY laser engraver
« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2018, 05:09:55 AM »
Hi, I'm making progress learning to use my laser engravers. A table was set up in the garage to do the engraving. I have a ventilator in the garage to clear smoke from when I'm smoking cigars in the garage. That ventilator will be useful to remove smoke from engraving.

This summer my daughter and son-in-law went to Paris on vacation. To help commemorate that trip I engraved the Eiffel Tower on bamboo coasters using my 10W laser engraver. The coasters still need a light spray of polyurethane to seal the engraving. The coasters set will be a stocking stuffers this Christmas. The coasters:



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Re: DIY laser engraver
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2018, 08:17:39 AM »
That's really cool work Richard.  Endless possibilities...

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Re: DIY laser engraver
« Reply #17 on: October 09, 2018, 07:52:55 PM »
Looking good Richard! Can you pull images off the internet to duplicate or do you have to use a special library of files?

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Re: DIY laser engraver
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2018, 04:15:52 AM »
Hi Brad, I copied an image of an engraving of the Eiffel Tower from the internet. Any photo or drawing can be used for engraving. The coasters were lightly spray coated with Spar Polyurethane and now drying. I thought I purchased a legal copy of CorelDraw from dBay to do halftones that would be ideal for laser engraving, but learned that I have an illegal copy that locked me out of the software. Working on getting a refund.

I ordered a low cost laser power meter to test my lasers:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pocket-Laser-Power-Meter-LPM-10W-450nm-532nm-Laser-Pointer-Accurate-Measurement/232550192207?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

From what I learned so far is that one needs a laser engraver with at least 2000mw power. Advertised laser power isn't necessarily the actual power. eBay has some ~$300 40W CO2 laser engravers that can engrave a lot of stuff. That's pretty cheap for a 40W laser engraver. That engraver weights over 60lbs and needs good ventilation. I'll consider that engraver if I find that my 2000mw and 10w laser engravers are too underpowered to do what I want.

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Re: DIY laser engraver
« Reply #19 on: October 20, 2018, 11:46:07 AM »
Hi, I have an extra 1851 grips that I laser engraved:





They look pretty good IMO.

Tuco lives!

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Re: DIY laser engraver
« Reply #20 on: October 20, 2018, 01:23:47 PM »
They do look good Richard.   Good work!

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Re: DIY laser engraver
« Reply #21 on: Today at 07:40:20 AM »
Hi, today I engraved Tuco and Colt on my 1851 38 Special conversion:





For those that don't remember, the Captain suggested I call my 1851 conversion Tuco in reference to Tuco in the Gun Shop from the movie The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Tuco is the ugly in that movie. Tuco at the gun shop:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR3aIzfNMXM

I think the laser engravings came out pretty good. Thank you Captain.

These engravings were done with my 2500mw laser engraver. The next thing I am going to try is to see if I can engrave bluing with my 10W laser engraver.

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Re: DIY laser engraver
« Reply #22 on: Today at 10:19:15 AM »
 
Richard,
           Now that I know who "Tuco" is, I can see that your laser engraving has rendered a pretty good likeness. I would like to see how it looks on imitation ivory grips. Wild Bill Hickok is the character that I'd like to see on my 1851's.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwj63ryoh53eAhWpITQIHV4dAK0QjRx6BAgBEAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cowboysindians.com%2F2018%2F01%2Fjames-butler-wild-bill-hickok%2F&psig=AOvVaw0awB8R6-30Swq7imOVfMMy&ust=1540400914858816