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Valentine's Day Key Chain

Valentine's Day is not about buying large, expensive gifts.

The meaning of this holiday is to remind your significant other how much you love them. One way to do this is by making them a special personalized gift. Below, we show you how to laser cut and engrave a wooden keychain for your sweetheart to make a symbol of your love that they can hold every day in their hands.


Preparation

Required material:

  • Alder wood, prefinished, 1/8"
  • Key ring

Machine used:

  • Speedy 360
  • 80 watts
  • 2.0 inch lens

Tips:

  • Use the honeycomb cutting table.

Step by Step

Step 1: Graphic

Open the template provided below or create your own design. If you create your own design, make sure that the parts are not too narrow, otherwise the keychain will break easily. Give the keychain more stability by connecting the single letters (see screenshot). On the prefinished wood it's possible to achieve a light surface by engraving with low power and high Z-Offset. Download the laser parameters provided below and try it!


Step 2: Laser Process​

You will need a piece of prefinished alder wood with a thickness of about 1/8". You can also use other types of wood, but please note that the parameters must be adjusted accordingly.
Mount the 2.0 inch lens and place the honeycomb cutting table in the laser machine. Then, put the piece of wood in the laser and, to create the maximum vacuum, cover the surface around the wood with paper or cardboard.

Laser Parameters:

We worked on a Speedy 360 with 80 watts power and used the following parameters:
Cutting: Power: 95% - Speed: 1.8% - Frequency: 1000 Hz - Air Assist: ON
Cutting-in: Power: 10% - Speed: 2% - Frequency: 1000 Hz - Air Assist: ON
Engraving white: Power: 18% - Speed: 60% - Frequency: 500 ppi - Air Assist: ON - Z-Offset: 2.00
Engraving dark: Power: 50% - Speed: 60% - Frequency: 500 ppi - Air Assist: ON - Z-Offset: 2.00

Tip:

You may use JobControl-files at the bottom of this page to avoid retyping the parameters. More information on importing files in JobControl can be found here.


Step 3: Finishing​

After the laser operation, it may be necessary to clean the edges with a dry cloth. Then attach a key chain or a ring.