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Picture of A Decorative Rainbow Map Ottoman Tray

I recently upgraded my life with a K40 laser. Then I upgraded the laser so I wouldn't blind or electrocute myself. One of the first projects I did with it was a laser engraved coaster of my neighborhood. Then as I browsed various laser groups I saw people using lasers to remove paint from ceramic tile. That inspiration combined with the fact that I have an ottoman not a coffee table and I knew what I had to do. Make a decorative ottoman tray! So if you are looking to celebrate pride month, some place to put things on your ottoman or couch, or just want something cool to look at come along with me on a making journey full of firsts and fun.

Step 1: What You Will Need

Here are the lists of tools and materials used in this project

Tools

  • Laser cutter/engraver (or access to one)
  • Computer
  • Table Saw
  • Miter Saw(Could be a hand saw with a miter box we just need 45 degree cuts)
  • Clamps
  • Margin trowel
  • Bucket
  • Sponge (a floating tool would probably work better but if all you have is a sponge everything looks like a nail..I think that's how that saying goes)

Materials

  • Spray paint in the colors of your choosing(I picked the colors of the six color pride flag)
  • Clear engine or exhaust enamel.
  • 3 inch by 12 inch white ceramic tiles (as many as the colors you are using)
  • Wooden underlay (I used a plywood called lauan but any thin scrap that is big enough for the number of tiles will work)
  • Nicer wood for the frame(I used some 3/4 inch red oak I had around)
  • Grout
  • Water
  • Wood Glue
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves
  • Isopropyl Alcohol (for cleaning tiles. Any degreaser that does not leave a residue will work)

Software/Websites

  • Inkscape (or other vector art program)
  • A screen capture tool. I use "Snipping Tool" because I am using Windows
  • Snazzymaps.com (you don't need an account or a Google api so never fear)
  • Whatever software you use to control your laser (I used K40 Whisperer)
AnandM543 months ago
Cool idea!!!
TinkeringProductions (author)  AnandM543 months ago
Thanks.
This came out great! I love it :)
thanks