CNCROi.com has done lots of live edge wood work, today we are doing something especially big and novel, a 2″ thick live edge walnut plaque that’s over 50 pounds alone!
Although for this project we could have finished the board and applied the protective finish, the customer wishes to do this themselves, after the custom CNC laser engraving of the live edge walnut plaque, it’s just about a day of sanding and finishing being required.
Before we start, it’s good to send a reference picture so the customer knows where the work will appear as this is a one-way road, we can’t erase our work!
Once layout and position is sorted, this live edge walnut plaque is ready to be CNC laser engraved.
I prefer to take a cautious approach when it comes to projects that are especially costly, a few minutes NOW saves HOURS of work should there be a communication error on either party’s part.
Before we jump to the laser engraving of the live edge walnut plaque, let’s take a look at another video I made a while back of a live edge basswood plaque I did a while back.
This basswood plaque weighs dramatically less and also has an image of a house on it, the nice thing about basswood is the fantastic contrast that’s produced compared to Walnut.
Alright, time to jump into CNC laser engraving the live edge walnut plaque at CNCROi.com!
In order to produce a nice rich dark engraving result, I prefer to take time and slow down the entire production process, this means higher DPI than generally required and using multiple passes.
Even incredibly fine details come out great on the laser engraved live edge walnut plaque, so fine curves found in this text come out just as good as deep fills.
Because we have a top of the line Austrian wide-format industrial CNC laser, even with density changes in the base material, a pretty consistent depth is achieved, especially with walnut that’s incredibly dense compared to say, basswood or pine.
With CNCROi.com, you aren’t stuck going only 2D as well, here’s an example of a custom iPad holder we made out of basswood as well but using live edge material and also custom CNC laser engraved, this time, from a comic artist’s drawing.
This incredible diversity in our offerings is why companies, institutions and individuals choose CNCROi.com to make their custom high-end work, we have the experience, the time and equipment to make things look amazing the first time!
This laser engraved live edge walnut plaque looks great, and all the time and resources we put into making this possible allow CNCROi.com to produce something customers will marvel at time and again.
As we do all our production on-demand here at CNCROi.com, we can fit into the cog of a project whoever you wish, in this case, the customer wishes to finish this live edge walnut plaque themselves, which is totally fine.
Other times, customers want us to handle the entire project from design though build, we are here to help you however you wish!
When it comes to custom live edge work, it doesn’t all have to be plaques either, we can also produce rounds of various species, shapes and sizes.
Here’s an example of a pine round that looks absolutely amazing.
CNCROi.com can handle a large variety of volumes as well, from one-offs to entire production runs across a huge range of applications, weddings to corporate awards out of just about any material, including live edge wood.
You are also not “stuck” to only one side with CNCROi.com when it comes to engraving live edge woods, as you saw in the comic book image, just about every surface was custom CNC laser engraved.
We’ve also made custom cutting boards, wall plaques, corporate awards and even coasters and signs using wood, it’s really an incredible material to work with and always looks amazing!
Another thing we’ve begun making for the holidays are custom live edge wood ornaments, here’s an example of one we made using a round cut.
If you want something totally unique and awe-inspiring that people won’t throw in the trash as soon as you turn your back, live edge is really the way to go.
CNCROi.com has a host of custom woodworking tools to handle projects across a huge variety of applications, wood species and volumes that you need.
Keep in mind that real wood does have variations, from textures and thicknesses through to grain direction and curves, this not a cookie cutter material.
For instance, this live edge walnut plaque could have had variations in knot location, size and other features that make each one unique.
Now that this live edge walnut plaque is finished being custom CNC laser engraved by CNCROi.com, you can get a better feel as to how much of a presence this walnut plaque will have in any room it will be found within.
Live edge wood is also fantastic for furniture, for this piece, some custom metal framing and a glass top would make for a wonderful coffee table.
Taking a closer look at the live edge walnut plaque engraving, you can see there is some smoke and resin deposited on the surface, this is quickly and easily sanded out.
The final step involved after sanding a piece of walnut like this is finishing with a seal that will give it a “wet” look and walnut looks AMAZING after this process, it makes all the natural wood variations pop!
Here’s a closer look at the engraving, a deep burned engraving and incredibly fine detail of the wood engraving too!
I’m sure that the couple receiving this live edge walnut plaque will put this in a very prominent area of their home as they build a family and it will surely be passed down for generations to come!
Here is the custom laser engraved live edge walnut plaque at another angle, again, everything is precise, accurate and proportional.
Do keep in mind that walnut is heavy, as such, expensive to ship and the species itself is very much premium, especially at these large sizes, this isn’t something you’ll ever find at the local dollar store!
If you need a custom live edge walnut plaque, contact CNCROi.com with your size, budget and species preferences and we’ll make it happen!