Inspirations for wooden napkin rings

Napkin Ring:
Bending Applications

Step by Step Instructions

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Here, we will show you how to use a 'kerf cut' to create a beautiful napkin ring out of wood.


Preparation

You Will Need:

Machine Used:

  • Speedy 360, 120W
  • 1.5" Lens
  • Big & small nozzle
  • Vacuum table with acrylic & honeycomb cutting tables

You can produce this project with any machine from the Trotec Speedy series.

Tip:

We decided to use a 1.5" lens to help with the detailed and intricate cuts.


Step by Step

Step 1: Design

Import the graphic we have provided and adapt it, so it suits your requirements. We have already tested several cutting techniques for bending applications for you. In our Cutting Techniques for Material Flexibility webpage, you’ll be able to find more examples of ways you can use this nifty application.

Print Settings:

Process Mode Resolution Cut Line
Vector Job 1000dpi -
Halftone Others
Colour Optimised Geometries, Inner Geometries first

Step 2: Laser Processing - Wood Veneer

Place the honeycomb cutting table inside your Trotec machine and attach the small nozzle to the laser head. Then, place your wood inside the laser and cover the rest of the engraving area with spare material. Remember, the parameters might vary depending on which laser machine you are using and its available laser power. 

Laser Parameters:

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 100 1.2 1,000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 ON 0mm -

If you're still unsure, we have provided some information about different laser nozzles.

How to choose the right nozzle


Step 3: Send the Graphic

Send the graphic for the TroLase Lights to your Trotec Laser machine using the following printer settings:

Process Mode Resolution Cut Line
Vector Job 1000dpi -
Halftone Others
- Optimised Geometries, Inner Geometries First

Step 4: Laser Process - TroLase Lights

Remove the honeycomb cutting table from the laser machine and insert the acrylic cutting grid as well as the large nozzle. Then, place the sheet of TroLase Lights into the laser and cover the remaining working area.

Laser Parameters:

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 20 1.0 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 ON 0mm -

Tip:

It is very important that you remember to closely monitor the vacuum at this stage of the project. You need to ensure the flat surface of the TroLase Lights is maintained throughout the laser process. Any bumps or creased will ruin the result.


Step 5: Cleaning & Assembly

Now it's time to clean off the two parts with a slightly dampened cloth. We would also recommend cleaning the backs of the wooden rings to avoid dirtying your napkins.

Once the parts are nice and clean, hold the wooden ring flat so you can glue the TroLase Lights halfway on. 

To ensure the overhanging part does not stick to the napkin every time you use it, we decided to score and remove half of the adhesive from the back of the material. To do this, we used a simple craft knife. To finish off your beautiful new creation, form a neat ring around a napkin and secure it with a circular connector.


Inspiration

You can always try using different kinds of veneered wood and different colours of TroLase Lights - whatever matches your kitchen and dining room better! Experiment with different colours, designs and styles.

You can even try designing an entire wedding table spread using your laser machine and Trotec materials. Be inspired by our other DIY Projects.


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