Laser cut wood

All wood will cut differently on a laser cutter and it all depends on the density of the wood. The more dense the wood then the more power or slower cutting speed is required which burns it more leaving heavier residues.

Wood that we cut regularly;

MDF– 2mm, 3mm, 4mm and 6mm cuts cleanly and quickly. 12mm can be used for come projects however the burn is heavy.

Birch ply wood- 0.8mm, 1.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm.

Russian Birch ply wood– This has a pale, quality finish and engraves beautifully. Fantastic for signage. We can only cut up to 3mm on the laser as it is so dense. 6mm material would be cuton the table saw.

Oak and Mahogany- Up to 3mm. An image of oak used for El Camino beads follows in a case study.

Veneers- all 1.5mm veneers. For example Maple, Pear and Walnut cut cleanly and quickly.

Timber veneered MDF- 6mm. To get the finish of a more expensive timber we can source, or you can provide us with, veneered MDF. This cuts better than solid timber and is less expensive.


We use laser cut wood and veneers in lots of our model making projects. They produce quality finishes on architectural models. We also cut small projects or one off’s for customer with their own designs. Below are two case studies.

El Camino Beads:

For the past year we have been cutting beads that El Camino Bracelets use for spacers. They provide us with sheets of oak and mahogany for cutting. The timber is 3mm thick, it is quite dense so this is the maximum thickness we could cut cleanly.


Westbourne traders association:


We cut a one off sign for the WTA to give as a part of a leavers gift. We drew up the sign digitally from the WTA’s logo with laser engraved areas and a cut out ‘Thank You’. We oiled the sign and tied on the rope.


If you have any projects that you would like to use laser cut wood in, get in touch and we can chat through your options.