When you are using a laser for engraving or cutting you must make sure that you are using the correct type of wood. If you do not use a specific type, there are many things that could happen like splintering or the wood could break. The burns from the laser could also look bad. Cherry and Hard Maple are good examples of wood that you should purchase to make sure you get the most out of your laser.
- Basswood is soft and very easy to work with. It also can be painted or stained very easily.
- Cherry wood is very popular because it is easy to cut and can take both nails and screws very well.
- Hard Maple is a bit of a higher density wood but it glues and finishes at a high rate.
“Alder is a soft wood, sometimes with knots present. It works great for laser cutting and engraving and produces and nice dark burn. Alder darkens a good bit when a finish is applied and looks similar to Cherry.”
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