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How to Personalize Laserable Wood

Sponsored by JDS Industries

The products you can make with wood are only limited by your imagination. Signage, wall decor, cake toppers, magnets, and ornaments are just a few ideas — and there are so many options available to you, depending on how you want the finished product to look!

First, choose from cherry, walnut, or maple wood. Next, begin laser cutting the shapes you need using the following settings as a starting point:

35-watt Raster 40S, 90P, 600 DPI
Vector 15S, 100P, 1,000hz
60-watt Raster 70S, 50P, 600 DPI
Vector 20S, 50P, 1,000hz
80-watt Raster 85S, 70P, 500 DPI
Vector 2S, 75P, 1,000hz
100-watt Raster 85S, 50P, 400 DPI
Vector 20S, 60P, 1,000hz

Note: Every laser machine is a little different, so you’ll want to dial in the best settings for your specific laser to achieve optimal results.

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(Image courtesy JDS Industries)

Below are some other tips and tricks to keep in mind:

  • You can use double-sided tape or wood glue to create layered pieces for variety
  • If both sides are unfinished, they can be lasered, printed, painted, or stained to get the finish you want
  • To reduce smoke residue when lasering, use a mid to low tack tape to mask the wood for vector cutting
  • If your laser offers the option of air assist, setting it on low can help prevent the spread of residue, as well as lasering from the bottom of the design to the top
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe off any residue you may encounter

It really can’t get much easier than that! Deciding on your initial designs will probably be the most difficult part of the entire process.

In the end, you may create a design that becomes very special to someone.

Learn more

If you have questions about lasering natural wood, call 1-855-537-2228 to speak with a member of the JDS fabrication team.

Cheryl Loban

Cheryl Loban

JDS Industries

Cheryl Loban is the Communications Specialist at JDS Industries. She joined JDS in March of 2001 as a Customer Service Rep and worked in various roles in that capacity over the past 18 years. Cheryl moved into her position in the Marketing Department in February 2019.

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