I’m always on the lookout for cool laser cut or etched projects, so when I found these great wooden maps of U.S. lakes from Below the Boat, I was blown away. They’re made to be bathymetric charts (the underwater equivalent of a topographic map), so each layer is laser cut as its own piece and then glued.
Of course the Great Lakes maps are the best looking, but maybe I’m biased?
With the holidays over, I’m back to selfishly building things for myself. In my last apartment, my desk was just a board in the wall and while it served me well, I think I’m ready to upgrade. I’ve picked out the wood and am ready to build, but for now, here are some of my desk inspirations.
An addition to the A-Frame dollhouse I built for my niece, the other Christmas present I spent some time working on this year were these wooden circus-themed blocks for Mary’s nephew, Henry.
I made similar blocks for my niece last Christmas, but this time I used an orange wood so the lettering and pictures would stand out more against the wood. I also laser-etched them to save myself some time and give them a much cleaner look. The laser-etching allowed me to do much more detailed images too.
It occurred to me today that I never posted these wooden ampersands I made over the summer. I used the laser cutter to cut them out, which, because of how thick the wood was, took running the laser through them many times until it finally cut all the way into the wood.
Originally they were just going to be pieces to sell, but they may end up finding their way into a wedding decoration.
I recently found and became obsessed with the work of furniture-maker and craftsman, Sean Woolsey. As I get ready to take my first welding class on Friday, and with plans to build a nightstand, kitchen table, and desk in the near future, I know I’ll be drawing a lot of inspiration from his work.
Mary and I collaborated on a project recently, making some Southwestern-themed wooden coasters. Mary designed them in Illustrator, and then I laser-etched them and cut them out. I only made an initial test-batch so far, but we’ll soon be making more for our Etsy store.
A coworker recently commissioned me to make a Michigan cutting board for her friend’s wedding and I remembered this great cutting board tutorial from Design Sponge. I took the basic plans, changed the shape to an upper and lower peninsula, and now her friend has a new cutting board for his wedding this weekend.
I liked the way my Detroit rulers turned out well enough that I decided to make another set to represent my hometown of Ypsilanti, Michigan, along with the town’s slogan “Pride. Diversity. Heritage.” Also, it will make a good belated Mother’s Day gift.
If you’d like a ruler with your own hometown, feel free to request one as a custom order in our Etsy store!