How to Engrave Arcacia Cutting Boards w/the GlowForge

I am excited to share my very first tutorial with the GlowForge. Several of you have been asking me to share more about the GlowForge and I decided today is the day. Let’s talk GlowForge.

The GlowForge is a laser cutting machine. It is available in 3 different models. The Basic (which is the machine I have), the Plus (basically the same as the basic, but slightly faster) and the Pro. The Pro is their most advanced machine, which is not only faster, but also allows one to cut items any length (restricted to 17″ wide). Keep in mind, the Plus actually uses an open slot to accomplish the longer cutting area, so you need to have that much room behind your machine to actually pass something through. The Basic and Plus can work in areas up to 11 x 19.5″.

If you are contemplating getting a GlowForge, I have links that will save you money depending which machine you choose. By using this link you can save $100 off the Basic, $250 off the Plus and $500 off of the Pro.

The Glowforge can cut, score and engrave items such as wcrylic, metal, wood and even vegan leather with ease. We will be using the engraving feature in today’s video.

A few things you should know before purchasing a Glowforge. You must vent the machine in a window or with a portable vent system (which will cost you an additional almost $1000). I vent mine through a window, which I will show you in the video. The Glowforge takes up a lot of real estate in your craft area. The base of the machine is approximately 38″ x 21″. It is much larger than a Cricut or Silhouette.

It is a wonderful addition to any craftroom and a very easy way to turn handmade goods into sellable items. It is easy to customize anything from a pencil to a vegan leather handbag.

In today’s tutorial I am going to show you how I turned a $7.99 cheese board into a sellable, personalized cheese board. A quick google search indicates I could easily sell these for $20+ each. Not bad, eh? I’m making them as holiday gifts, but it’s nice to know I could easily make my money back from the purchase of the machine. They are an investment, but one that will easily pay you back in a relatively short period of time, if you want to open a shop.

Are you ready for the tutorial? Let’s get started.

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