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.
—Amy Dallman, Epilog
Adding depth and texture takes woodworking projects to the next level. (Image courtesy Epilog)