For DIY Home Projects
Processed Material Examples

For DIY Home Projects

Introduction

Need an idea or two to fuel some DIY projects at home? Maybe we can help.

In this article, we’ll show you some examples of real materials you might use around your home that have been processed with the FABOOL Laser Mini. We’ll also share some settings for achieving the results you’ll see.

Stepping in the Ring Today

It’s true that our laser works with various types of woods, and you can get some pretty great results especially when you’re working with unfinished woods. But, if you’re working around your home, chances are you aren’t working with just unfinished wood. It’s likely there may be a nice finished cherry or mahogany surface or two somewhere as well. Whether your finished surfaces are flooring, desks, table tops, or maybe even wall plaques, you can still get some great etching results on finished surfaces. Read on for a close look at five different types here.

For now, we’ll look at just a couple of things you could do in the way of customization and home improvement. If you’re into building your own furniture like desks, chairs, tables, stands, etc, and customizing them, or even just switching out and customizing existing things like kitchen or bathroom cabinet doors, shelves, and things like that to better suit your tastes, the FABOOL Laser Mini will be able to help. Some people like to customize their things with stickers and signs. But with a laser engraver, you can engrave your custom designs directly into the surfaces themselves. And they won’t rub off or fade away.

This article is going to focus on different kinds of wood and how they turn out when processed by our laser, but the Mini is not limited to just wood. It also works with a host of other materials as well for additional projects and creations.
FABOOL Laser Mini Compatible Material List

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Jatoba (aka Brazilian Cherry):

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You can get a great, clean and clear etching on this wood that is commonly used for hardwood flooring among other things. So if you’d like to engrave floor panels/tiles, or make your own creations, this wood is can be a good start.

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Size of wood sample: 5x4 in.

Recommended settings for similar results above:
Power: 80-100%
Speed: 4500
Processing Times: 1

Keep in mind that if if the speed is too low while the power is at or near 100%, it may cause some burning of the finish which can also result in some ripples or bubbles as well as mildly sticky residue. This is especially true when engraving filled out designs like the triangles in the logo above. With the settings above, however, you should be able to avoid those issues. Just in case, you may want to start with either a slightly lower power or higher speed setting for a test run, and then adjust for the desired results.

Acacia:

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This is a wood you can also find on floors, but also tabletops, desks, and other furniture as well. It’s very sturdy and strong which makes it for ideal shelving. As you can see, it produces a much darker engraving (solid black) when compared to the Jatoba above, and is slightly more visible from some angles rather than others (which can make for a cool effect in and of itself).

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Size: 4.7x4 in.

Recommended settings for similar results above:
Power: 80-100%
Speed: 4500
Processing Times: 1

Maple:

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As you probably guessed, being the lightest, Maple produces a very nice and clear engraving. However, because of the comparatively much darker etch, it is also much easier to see imperfections such as the rippling and residue mentioned above. But, if executed skillfully, you’ll have a really nicely done design.

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Size: 5.3x4 in.

Recommended settings for similar results above:
Power: 80-90%
Speed: 5000
Processing Times: 1

Honorable Mentions:

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Montane Walnut:

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While this wood produced and image that is every bit as clear as the above mentions, it may not quite make the cut simply because of the darkness of the wood itself make the design hard to see. But if subtle is what you’re going for, this may just be it.

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Size: 5x4 in.

Recommended settings:
Power: 80-100%
Speed: 4500
Processing Times: 1

With Walnut as well, you’ve got the same issues to look out for with finish burning and residue left behind after processing. As with the others, it can be largely avoided by playing with the laser settings.

Woven Bamboo:

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This one earns a spot on the honorable mentions list due to being a great example of finish burning and peeling if the design is larger and filled in. Aside from that, you can see that the letters themselves are very clear, so if that’s all you need you should be good to go.

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Size: 5.2x4 in.

Recommended settings (for lettering):
Power: 80-90%
Speed: 5000
Processing Times: 1

In Conclusion

If you’re working around the house with furniture, flooring, cabinets, or even wall hangings/frames, there’s naturally going to be some finished wood surfaces around. Hopefully, this article gives you a good picture of what our laser can do with those as well as open up a few new ideas for laser project you can do around your home.