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How to Add (even more!) Profit to Popular Wood Products

add profit to wood productsA laser machine is a tool every woodworker needs. This single tool can both laser cut wood and laser engrave wood with speed and accuracy you can’t achieve with any other woodworking tools.If you’re a woodworker you are probably familiar with wooden products that are popular among consumers. What you may not be aware of, is that there is a way to add even more profit to these already popular products! How is this, you ask? By offering laser cut and engraved wooden products.

laser engraving wood furniture

Today we’re showcasing seven of the best selling wood products, and how you can add even more profit to each of them with a laser cutter and engraver for wood.

Wooden Toys for Children

Who wants cheaply made plastic toys from across the world when you can give your children hand crafted wooden toys? They are all-natural, timeless, durable and not to mention, no batteries required! As if gift-givers across the U.S. aren’t already spending enough on wooden toys for children, using a laser engraver for wood to add a child’s name to a special toy ramps up the price even more.

laser engraved wooden toy

Laser Cut Wood Signs

The possibilities with wooden signage are endless. Both beautiful and functional, a wooden sign adds a bit of charm to any decor. Many popular sign shops on Etsy offer painted signs; however, you can set yourself apart with laser engraved signage! If you have an eye for fonts and composition, your signs will come out perfect EVERY TIME, thanks to the accuracy of the laser machine.
Bonus: Produce laser cut wood signage for a fresh pinterest-worthy product!

laser cut wood sign

Rolling Pins

This is quite a niche market, but many successful shops are mastering this art! With just a little bit of imagination and a laser engraving machine, one can make the world better, one cookie at a time. The laser engraves deep enough to make a beautiful imprint on pastries, fondants and even play doh. Wood is a natural material and the laser just vaporizes the wood, so this baker’s tool is 100% food safe!

laser engraved rolling pin

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Home Decor – Laser Cut Wood!

The variety of style combined with the laser’s ability to laser cut and engrave dozens of materials makes home decor items a tremendous opportunity for woodworkers. Add personalization, such as family names or anniversary dates to home decor items for a meaningful and sentimental gift. From photo frames and cutting boards to wooden clocks and bookshelves, a bit of laser artwork will turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, check out this laser cut wood clock!

laser cut clock decor

Stands (iPad, book & phone)

Since roughly 92% of the population have cell phones, and 48% own a tablet, it’s no wonder stands for these devices is an attractive product! The flat surface of a stand is a perfect canvas for adding a personalized laser engraving. You could even use the cutting function of a laser to cut out stand on mass! Most laser engraving machines are capable of cutting and engraving simultaneously, making creation a speedy process! Laser cut wood; then laser engrave wood all in one pass!

laser engraved tablet stand

Chests

Whether a chest is used as a keepsake chest, a blanket chest, toy box or a hope chest, this wooden product is one that usually sticks around. Adding a family name, or an inspirational quote to the inside or top of a chest instantly turns a chest into a family heirloom. With 1000’s of fonts to choose from, the possibilities are endless for laser engraved personalization. AP Lazer’s open architecture, two-part design makes engraving on large objects like furniture easy as pie!

laser engraved chest

Gifts for Babies and Children

When a baby is born, new moms and dads are overloaded with gifts for their precious little bundle of dirty diapers and crying at all hours of the night joy. Put those rattles, bibs and burp rags to shame with wooden baby gifts personalized with the sweet baby’s name and date of birth. Wooden baby blocks, nursery decor, and even wooden rocking chairs are all sentimental gifts that can bring you in high profits just by adding a little bit of laser engraved personalization!

laser engraved rocking horse

So there you have it, seven hot wood products with larger than normal profit capabilities with help from a laser cutting and engraving machine. Whether you are a hobbyist or professional woodworker, there are plenty of items not showcased in this article just waiting to be personalized with laser engraved artwork. With the ability to engrave high detailed artwork and intricate cuts, your possibilities are endless!

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20 crafty uses for a laser engraver and cutter

20 Crafty Uses for a Laser Engraver and Cutter

20 Crafty ways to use a laser engraver and cutter

The internet has a wealth of information. At AP Lazer, we are particularly interested in one topic more than others. You guessed it – lasers. And even better: what unique and exciting things people are doing with them. We’ve compiled a list of 20 super creative and inspirational uses (in no particular order) for your laser cutting and engraving machine. Most of these were found on Pinterest, which is a great resource for inspiration. If you aren’t following us yet, you should; we are pinning more and more these days. Follow our boards. Without further adieu, here are 20 crafty uses for a laser engraver and cutter.

Laser Engraved Wooden Key Holder1. Wooden Keychain Holder

Oksis on Etsy has loads of different wall mounted key holders, but this is our favorite. With the clever little saying and the ultra-simplified see/hear/speak no evil monkeys, this is a simple, high-impact design that showcases both laser cutting and laser engraving wood capabilities. (And overall a great use of plywood.) Want to know more about using your laser for woodworking? Read this.

 

 

Laser Engraved Metal Bottle Opener2. Keychain Bottle Opener
While we’re on keys, let’s go to HangerDesignCenter on Etsy and look at these stainless steel, laser engraved metal bottle-opening groomsmen gifts. Once again, very simple design. While you’re at it, you could etch some cork screws or wine glasses for the ladies.

 

 

Laser Etched Wine Glasses3. Wine Glasses
This isn’t necessarily an innovative idea, but daydreemdesigns has a particularly pretty set of laser engraved wine glasses. We admire not only the intricacy but also the way the feathers wrap around with the curvature of the glass. This technique can be done with a rotary device, which allows one to engrave cylindrical objects. It’s always more impressive when a design works with the form of the object on which it’s been placed.

 

 

coasters4. Coasters
Coasters are a staple, and these from grafcreations on Etsy are geometric and intricate and all-around awesome. You could do a pattern, mandala, saying, or initials; the possibilities are endless. These are made by laser engraving acrylic, but remember: with your AP Lazer you can utilize many materials such as wood, glass, tile, stone, and some metals, too. Since we are from the good ol’ “Mitten State” we couldn’t help but include these neat ones made of leather from MLPcustoms.

 

 

Laser Engraved Acrylic Matrix5. Acrylic Wax Seal Matrix
Also made from laser engraved acrylic is this wax seal maker, also known as a matrix. No, no one really uses wax seals for their postage anymore, and haven’t since the modern postal service was put into place. However, they are still used for crafting, weddings, and making sure that the postman knows that their letter is special.

Laser Engraved Wood Rolling Pin6. Wood Rolling Pin
Now here is an item from BoonHomeware’s Etsy shop, which everyone here is equally excited about. This is a great example of silly crafty things that can be accomplished with a laser engraver. This laser engraved wood rolling pin is perfect for when you need to crank out 200 Christmas cookies to take to all the parties, send to all the relatives, and still have some left for Santa.

Laser Engraved Glass Spice Jars7. Glass Spice Jars
Since we are in the kitchen, let’s take a look at these laser engraved glass spice jars, they are proof that anything in your everyday life can be laser etched or engraved or cut. If it needs a label, etch it. If it needs personalization, engrave it.

 

Laser Engraged Personalized Gifts8. Beer Cap Shadow Box
Or really a shadow box for any small item collection; beer caps, wine corks, coins all dated 1973, whatever you can think of. And you could etch in word art like this one, or a design, or whatever makes sense for the collection. This shadow box features laser engraved glass and was created by cheaphumidors on Etsy.

 

9. Wood Cut Puzzles
There are so many different ideas for these. This one from TimberGreenWoods would be great for schools. but they range from simple preschool shapes to incredibly complex. For a school with a laser machine, it would be incredibly easy to make 50 of these from wood of acrylic in just an afternoon.

 

 

Laser Cut Acrylic Ornaments10. Acrylic Controller Ornaments
What do people put on trees, their rear view mirror, and nearly anything that need a little personalization? Ornaments. People are crazy for things that show off their interests, so for some people these are the perfect gift. These fancy little laser cut acrylic ornaments are available from useyourdidgits on Etsy, and even if they aren’t your style, you have to admit they are a great example of laser cut and engraved acrylic ornaments.

Laser Cut Paper Art11. Paper Artwork

Paper artwork may or may not be making an appearance in our showroom very soon. Everything from color choice to the way they use the negative space makes these laser cut paper wall posters well deserving of their spot on this list. Thanks, CuriousDoodles for the inspiration.

 

Laser Engraved Metal Dog Collar12. Dog Collar
Fido should not be left out of this laser engraving fun. He has all of those silly tags jingling and jangling around his neck, so wouldn’t it be kinder to engrave at least some of the information directly into the collar? Yes, the answer is yes. To top it off, he’ll look super classy. Check out this fancy laser engraved metal dog collars from MaritynDog on Etsy.

 

Laser Cut Acrylic Laptop Stand13. Laptop Stand
People are making some pretty cool things by cutting and assembling cut-out puzzle type pieces. This laser cut acrylic lap top stand is a great example of this technique. You are only limited by your imagination and, if you like puzzles, that’s a bonus.

 

Laser Cut Felt Rug14. Felt Rug
Don’t forget that you can use your laser on textiles, too. Take a look at this super-modern laser cut felt rug (which retails for $600), featured on notonthehighdtreet.com. If you don’t like your rugs holey, you could always engrave the felt instead.

 

 

Laser Cut Leather Pillow15. Pillows
These are also extremely modern, with the neutral two-tones and geometric cut outs. Laser cut leather pillows would be incredibly easy to do with a laser cutter and some leather or felt. Purchase them for a whopping $412 at LuxeDECOR, or make them yourself with your own laser cutting machine.

 

Laser Engraved Rubber Stamp16. Rubber Stamp
This laser cut rubber stamp is a handy thing to have around. So much better than writing your address on all those wedding invites or less exciting: bills. And laser cutting your own unique stamp is so much better than paying the $40+ dollars for a run of the mill standard stamp. We love the elegant design on this rubber stamp from PoppyandMintDesign.

 

 

Laser Cut and Engraved Wooden Signs17. Wooden Signage
Gone are the days where sign painters had the market cornered. These laser cut and engraved wooden signs are crowd pleasers, and if wood doesn’t work with “the look,” then try metal or acrylic or a mammoth stone yard sign. These lasered wooden signs from Visual Mechanics really caught our eye.

Laser Cut Paper Wedding Invites18. Wedding Invitations
These are just the very tip of the wedding invite iceberg. First of all, there are loads of different ideas for laser cut wedding invitations, including one that we found that uses a wooden plank. There are also so many reasons to laser cut paper. Please find all of the reasons. Also remember to be careful as paper can catch fire when you are cutting it with a laser. Check out our safety tips blog post to learn more.

 

 

 

 

Laser Cut Jewelry19. Jewelry
There is so much laser cut jewelry. Ladies, check it out. Fellas, make it for your ladies. Warning: not suitable for any big anniversary or holiday. We particularly like these two laser cut jewelry pieces (no, we couldn’t choose). Check out more on our Pinterest page; we have a whole board dedicated to laser cut jewelry.

20. Business Cards
This is it, guys, the big one (had to save the best/biggest for last). Business cards! One thing that is used in every industry. No matter what material – wood, metal, or acrylic  – lasers are the way to make your business cards stand out from the crowd. No one is going to lose that in their washer, but if they do, these laser cut business cards come out of the rinse cycle looking just as great as they went in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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