Welcome to Can You Etch It, the web’s first laser engraving series that specializes in laser engraving strange, unique, and even common items. Today I’ll customize an often overlooked tool, the mini clip board.
Clip boards serve a vital role in society. They help us complete forms easier, take notes, and even do our jobs better. All too often, we choose these humble clipboards with only utility in mind. We settle for the ordinary when we can have something more. Why not customize that clip board into something we can be proud to use.
Why laser engrave a clip board?
I am always looking for ways to make the ordinary items in life. These mini clip boards fit the bill great. They served a need and work great. I was fortunate to happen upon these while shopping for school supplies with my kids.
The clip boards appear to be made from MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) and often engrave very well. This time, the contrast between the engraved areas and the rest of the clip boards is not as visible as I expected. Other pieces of MDF have engraved with plenty of contrast. The engraving is shallow enough not to interfere with the writing. That just goes to show you how important testing is when doing any artistic pursuit.
The design that was chosen was the logo of the church I attend, Dayspring Baptist Church. It is hard to tell, but the design is being engraved upside down. This may seem strange, but when the clip board was placed right side up, the clip interfered with the lens on the laser. To get some items engraved, you often have to think a little differently.
Here is the video showing a clip board being engraved. At the end of the video you can see the final result. For more pictures, check out the end of the post.
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Can You Etch It Roundup
For those of you who are keeping score, here’s the list so far: mini clip boards, an anodized aluminum ruler, hair bow, a couple of American Flags, a gift card holder, plastic labels, South Dakota frig magnet, a few failed light switch plates, a taco shell, Mount Rushmore coasters, house numbers, a cutting board, 6 social media icons, a mirror, a hand-drawn robot design, a CD jewel case, a pair of drum sticks, a luggage tag, a fishing reel, a couple of impact sockets, a drinking glass, a little industrial labeling, a baseball, a Frappuccino bottle, a tennis ball, 12 Scrabble tiles, a custom ink stamp, Thank You cards, M&M’s, a slice of bread, a clothes pin, a cinnamon stick, a sweet potato, a walnut, and a toothpick.
Let me know if you have any suggestions for future installments. Have a great weekend.
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