Napkin ring made with technical cutting for bending applications

In this tutorial we will show you how to use the "Kerf Cut" process to make a napkin ring out of wood.

Inspirations for wooden napkin rings
Inspirations for wooden napkin rings


You will need
Machine Used

You can produce this design using any laser machine from the Trotec Laser Speedy series.


We used a 1.5" lens due to the detailed cuts of the design.


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Step by step

Step 1

Step 1: Design

Download our artwork and adapt as required. We have ready made cutting techniques for bending applications for you. In our Tips & Tricks "Kerf Cut" you'll find further examples of how you can use this application.

Print Settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Vector Job 1000dpi No
Halftone Others
Color Optimised Geometries, Inner Geometries first
Step 2

Step 2: Laser processing the wood veneer

Now, insert the honeycomb cutting table in your Trotec laser machine and place the small nozzle to the laser head. Then place the walnut plate in your laser and cover the remaining working surface. Laser parameters will vary depending on the laser machine used and 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 -

Follow this a href="where we go into detail why it is vital to choose the right nozzle for this application. How to choose the right nozzle.

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Step 3

Step 3: Send the graphic

Send the graphic for the TroLase Foil decoration to your Trotec Laser machine using the following print settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Vector Job 1000dpi No
Halftone Others
- Optimised Geormetries, Inner Geometries First
Step 4

Step 4: Laser process the TroLase Foil

Remove the honeycomb cutting table and install the acrylic grid cutting table and the large nozzle. Place the TroLase Foil material inside the laser and cover the remainder of the working area.


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


Always ensure that the material remains flat on the cutting table. 

Assembly wooden napkin ring
Step 5

Step 5: Cleaning and assembly

Once the laser engraving and laser cutting is complete, clean the two separate parts with a luke warm cloth. We also advise you to clean the back of the wooding ring so that the napkin does not get dirty later.

Keep the wooden napkin ring flat and glue the TroLase Foil about half off.

To ensure that the overhanging half does not stick to the napkin, we scored and removed half of the adhesive foil on the back with a craft knife. Lastly, form a ring around a cloth napkin and secure it with the circular connector.


Be creative and make use of different veneered wood types or TroLase Foil colours to match the look of the rest of the table top.

Design a whole braai table top using your Trotec laser and Trotec materials. Inspirations can be found in our DIYs.

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Questions about applications or settings?
We're happy to advise you from A for Air assist to Z for z-offset.

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