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A Complete Guide To Laser Cutting and Engraving Wood

The versatility of laser cutting, etching, and engraving technology has helped our customers in many different industries and product verticals to produce fine art and crafts out of wood.  The wood working community has greatly benefited from amazing advancements in the ability for precision cuts and etching in various types of wood materials.  

With the help of a Thunder Laser machine, we have seen our customers take raw pieces of wood and transform them into a variety of creative and highly marketable products.  We regularly see projects where simple pieces of wood are transformed into rare pieces of art from decorative shelving units, book covers, wooden toys, or even wood panels in a newly constructed house.


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Are All Thunder Laser Machines Capable of Wood Projects?

A laser wood cutting and engraving machine is no different than the same machine that can be used for metal, acrylic, and other materials.  It is simply the same CO2 laser technology built into each of our machines. Thunder Laser cutting and engraving machines are designed and built to excel with wood materials.  Designed to deliver low heat so as to avoid unnecessary burning or scalding of materials, it enables you to have complete control over intricate wooden cuts and designs.

Laser cutting and engraving with wood material has been popular in businesses engaged in the production of novelty and custom craft items made from wood.  With the Laser machines our customers have purchased, we see them constantly adding to their product lines as they discover new ways to customize wooden projects.  There is no limit to the intricacy and quality detail that the Thunder Laser machines can deliver.

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Who will benefit from the use of a laser wood cutter?

Both hobbyists and professional arts and craft designers are utilizing laser cutting, etching, and engraving machines to transform their woodwork into masterful works of art. Professional artists, designers, custom furniture businesses are beginning to see the value of a laser machine and its ability to add value to each of their products.

What kind of projects can I handle with a laser cutting, etching, and engraving machine?

Our Laser machines can handle all types of wood in a wide variety of applications. We’ve compiled a brief list of things we see our customers design, cut, etch, and engrave on a regular basis:

  • Arts and crafts projects
  • Custom furniture pieces
  • Decorative finishings for home, office or commercial interiors
  • Wooden toys
  • Models used by professional designers and architects
  • Decorations
  • Personalized gifts, tokens and promotional items made from wood
  • School supplies
  • Wood panels
  • Inlays
  • Fittings for shops

Can a laser wood cutter cause damage on wood?

In order to preserve the wood surrounding your cutting or etching project, it’s important to get the settings right. Refer to your owners manual or the additional support topics on our website for more information about getting set up correctly.  Once setup correctly, there is no danger in harming the wood surrounding your project cut or etch lines. This is the unique aspect of CO2 laser machines and their ability to work with great precision unlike other tools such as scroll saws and table saws.

Can a laser machine handle all types of wood?

Yes, a laser wood cutter quite versatile and can work on varying types of woods with different thicknesses and density.  The type of wood and density will control some aspects of your project such as speed and finish quality. Softwoods such as balsa with obviously differ from a hardwood such as Oak.  Consult the details on your specific machine to determine maximum cutting depths to make sure it is suitable for your projects.

What is the effect of laser engraving or laser etching on wood materials?

The effect of laser wood cutter on a wood material is either brownish or white engraving. To avoid producing dark markings on the wood material during the laser engraving process choose the low power setting at high speed. 

Can you achieve a dark engraved wood product?

Yes, dark engraving on the wood can be achieved provided the user follows the necessary adjustment on the settings. A test trial can be performed on a sample wood to determine the needed adjustment on the laser beam power in order to achieve a darker color. 

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What types of wood are suitable for laser cutting and etching?

Here are the types of wood that would be best for laser engraving or etching:

  • Alder
  • Bamboo
  • Balsa
  • Beech
  • Birch
  • Cedar
  • Cherry 
  • Cork
  • Hickory
  • Poplar
  • Maple
  • Natural wood
  • Red oak
  • Veneer
  • Hardwood
  • Other woods that have been processed (plywood, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), coated Masonite)

What is the level of thickness that a laser wood cutter can cut?

With our powerful laser machines, they are able to handle both soft and hard woods. For balsa, a soft type of wood you can set the laser wood cutter laser beam power low at high speed while solid and hardwood varieties will need more laser beam power. CO2 laser cutting machines are equipped to cut through in a single pass wood with approximately ¼ inch thickness at 50 watts. For thicker woods with ¾” thickness the CO2 laser wood cutter needs to be set at 150 watts to successfully produce desired engraving or etching.

Why invest in a laser machine for your wood projects?

Laser wood cutters is an invaluable tool for anyone that wants to engrave or etch an intricate design on wood and transform it into an artwork, customize a product, or create a sample model for a presentation. 

If you are a hobbyist, woodcarver, furniture designer, or anyone engaged in the production of personalized products such as logos, promotional tokens and giveaways, then, it’s timely and practical to invest in a laser cutting machine.. 

With a CO2 laser cutter anyone can engraved design, image, name, logo or short message on wood materials with hardly any effort at all. 

Have questions about which laser machine would be best for your wood projects?

If you need professional advice on the best type of laser cutting machine that would meet your needs and project demands, give us a call or send a message.  We want to be your sounding board for questions and concerns before making a purchase.

Level up your creative design with a Thunder Laser machine and prepare to take your projects to a whole new creative level.