2020-04-19 (Su) LaserCutXylophone

With my CAD files and a laser cutter, I found some scrap edge-glued wood in the scrap bin and began processing. I think the wood was pine, but I am not an expert. The plank was 3/4" (19mm) thick, so it took many passes to cut through.
So many passes

The vertical window allowed me to view the profile of the wood and see the depth of a given cut. A red spot was visible in the lumber partway down, but each pass scorched the wood higher up.
Judging depth by the glow in the wood

Even though the pieces weren't coming loose, I removed the scrap plank from the cutter and manually cut away the keys. Near the top, the wood was burned, while at the bottom, it wasn't severed. I had never cut anything this thick or seen anyone else try, so I probably learned that this was not a job for a laser cutter.
Scorched but not severed

I broke up the proto-notes with my hands. The charring was extreme and made a mess, which also brought up the issue of how cutting such thick pieces would be inconsistent. At a minimum, if I cut wood, I would have to sand down the tops to remove the scorched portions. Laminating thin pieces may make a usable note, which opens up the possibility for acrylic from ordinary sheets.
Charred, but cut

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.
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Completed projects from year 1
Completed projects from year 2
Completed projects from year 3
Completed projects from year 4
Completed projects from year 5
Completed projects from year 6

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