Has anyone here tried Borax?

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Jeffrey Aley
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Has anyone here tried Borax?

Post by Jeffrey Aley »

Hi Folks,

I just saw a couple of videos on YouTube about using borax to help when engraving wood. It made the burn marks VERY black - much better contrast for photos, etc. Has anyone here tried it? I'm away from my laser (sniff...) until after Christmas, so I can't try it myself.

Regards,

-Jeff
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Re: Has anyone here tried Borax?

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I believe Russ just released a vid on borax?
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Jeffrey Aley
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RDWorks Version: 8.01.24
Ruida Controller: RDC6442
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Re: Has anyone here tried Borax?

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Gene Uselman wrote: Mon Dec 20, 2021 7:16 am I believe Russ just released a vid on borax?
Hi Gene,

I haven't watched any of Russ' videos for a while (blasphemy!), so I went back to YouTube and checked. I didn't see any vids that were obviously about using borax on wood. Could you provide more info when you have a chance?

And by the way, the videos to which I referred are:
https://youtu.be/T8op5kIeTcs
and
https://youtu.be/eUuTV-xTHug .

Regards,

-Jeff
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Gene Uselman
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Laser Bed Size: 51 x 71
Home Position: TR
Control Software: LIGHTBURN
RDWorks Version: RDw .19 & Lightburn
Ruida Controller: RDC6445
Accessories: I have a combining lenses, pin tables [homebuilt], honeycomb tables , wireless remote, Modifed Ultimate Air Assist, home built non-powered rotary device, Prusa i3 MK3S and Mini Prusa printers.
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Re: Has anyone here tried Borax?

Post by Gene Uselman »

This one- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pFuW1zPkkg

He has a new machine built to his specs by CloudRay that he is testing for them.
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Jeffrey Aley
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Re: Has anyone here tried Borax?

Post by Jeffrey Aley »

Gene Uselman wrote: Tue Dec 21, 2021 8:23 am This one- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pFuW1zPkkg

He has a new machine built to his specs by CloudRay that he is testing for them.
Thanks for the link!

-Jeff
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