I’m getting ready to do engraving and I was wondering if anyone has experience laser engraving on birds eye maple? Just a little concerned with the burn on the bird’s eyes in the wood.
While I do not engrave on Birds Eye, I have engraved on Maple, both boards and plywood. A lot of Maple plywood.
At first I got a light to medium brown burn on both however I wanted a dark brown / black burn so I put my laser out of focus by about a 1/8 - 1/4". I also sprayed my boards with a mixture of water and baking soda. About 3-4 TBSPN mixed with about 24oz of water worked great for me. I got really dark burns. Almost black.
It does raised the grain of the wood so after I sprayed them the first time, I sanded them smooth again and then reapplied the mixture. That seems to help also.
(you may want to search “baking soda” on this site for the correct ratio. I remember there are a couple good posts about this.)