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Here's a plaque I did the woodwork for and had laser etched for a guy PCSing out of my Division. I used solid mesquite so he could take a little Texas with him.
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That is really nice. I did not realize that mesquite could be obtained in boards that large.

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beautiful, and a great choice of wood.

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Stick great job on the plaque, I like the two accent strips that break up the two edges, nice touch. The laser etching does an amazing job of precise detail does it create much tear out? Do you have much sanding to do afterwards to get any tear out cleaned off or is it a smooth finish product?

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That is really nice. I did not realize that mesquite could be obtained in boards that large.

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I had to drive 45 minutes south of San Antonio to a specialty flooring/mantle shop to get it. It doesn't usually come that large. If you look at the grain close, that is the entire cross-section of the tree. The longest board they had of that width was 37". The did have longer ones up to about 8' that were 8-9" wide though.
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Stick great job on the plaque, I like the two accent strips that break up the two edges, nice touch. The laser etching does an amazing job of precise detail does it create much tear out? Do you have much sanding to do afterwards to get any tear out cleaned off or is it a smooth finish product?
There is absolutely no tear out with the laser etching, probably because it burns the wood out instead of cutting it (smelled like a BBQ pit when I picked it up). I did all the sanding to the board before I had it etched. The laser only goes about a 1/16th deep in most places, even less in the lighter shaded parts. I think the letters/wording at the bottom were the deepest etched parts. I did spend about 5 hours working on the .jpg to get it lightened up enough so the picture wasn't a dark black blob. Even after I see the finished product, I think I'll lighten some parts of the picture up even more to give more detail and less of a solid "burn".
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