Two of the best ways to enhance wood projects is by including inlays and/or recessed, “deep” engravings.
- Using the laser to create inlays is a popular and relatively easy application. Simply use the laser to engrave away the “pocket” shape and then use the laser to cut the same shape from a different wood/wood veneer. Glue the veneer into the pocket and you add contrast and dimension to any wood project, like the guitar body with the spider inlay.
- When engraved slowly, and sometimes with more than one pass, files that include a lot of shading and gradients – sometimes referred to as 3-D files – produce a deeper engraving that is recessed within the wood. For example, look at the skate deck below. Adding this type of depth and texture takes woodworking projects to the next level.