Laser engraver storage box

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I recently picked up a cheap, small laser engraver…mostly to add maker’s marks to projects. It’s a cheapy, chinesium tool recommended to me by a friend and found on Amazon. As with a lot of folks, I’m limited in space in the shop so I need something small. 

My experiences with the Shaper Origin have convinced me that, for me, small tools that I can place on top of a project (as opposed to table-style tools) work best for what I do. 

Regardless, the cardboard box it came in wasn’t going to work, so I knocked together this fitted storage box and burned it up a bit. A place for everything and everything in its place! 

Incidentally, since buying this engraver I find I use it all the time. Very simple phone based UI, and it’ll engrave anything on your camera roll, which makes life pretty easy. It’s got a pretty good set of on-tool font options as well. It’s a small diode laser so you’re not cutting much of anything, but it’s been great for engraving wood and leather. Max engraving size is about 4”x4” which is fine for me with what I do. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

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hey is that the laser you were getting me for xmas buddy ? now for mine you dont need to go to all the trouble and make me a box. appreciate it though !

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You know it Pottzy!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Nice…. And then I saw the handle pix… that is extra cool !! 

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Can you link to the actual engraver. Would you still buy it again?

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Here’s the link. I’ve since gotten a larger, more capable laser. I wanted a larger working surface and a more powerful laser module. For what this little guy is, I think it’s a reasonable laser. It’s got a small working area, which is fine if all you’re doing is makers marks or small decorations. It have had it glitch once or twice, but for the most part it works well enough. I don’t use it much now that I’ve got the bigger one, to be honest however..

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

That is a great looking box Ryan, thanks for posting the link to the laser, I’m interested in getting one too, I’m also interested in seeing its replacement.  Thanks!

David

I just bought an Ortur LM3. It’s a good machine, but it is chineseum. Their 20w output laser is looking like a good upgrade. 

My issue is with having enough room for a bigger machine. That’s why I bought the little one first. It is important you research diode vs CO2 lasers, etc etc. Make decisions based on current and future needs, etc. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Nice storage box, Ryan!! Real strong with the splines too. Nice gift for Pottzy!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

 I just bought an Ortur LM3. It’s a good machine, but it is chineseum. Their 20w output laser is looking like a good upgrade.  

Hey Ryan, how deep with that Ortur 20W  machine burn- say in oak of cherry??

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Really nice box...impressive the way the corners fit so well!
Hey Ryan, how deep with that Ortur 20W  machine burn- say in oak of cherry??

Are you talking about cutting through or etching? 20W will get you pretty deep if you’re etching. The issue there becomes how much char you get. They’re saying 20mm of pine for cutting…it’s not necessarily the power, but the focal length that comes into play with the larger diode lasers. CO2 will get you a deeper cut, but it’s obviously a larger machine and more $$. 

Beyond the obvious space considerations and costs, as with any tool, you need to look at what you want the laser to do, then match the choice to that. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".