As I promised, here are photos of the gifts I made with the laser cutter for the holidays.
this design. I made these out of plywood, then stained them.
this design. I added a base piece with a circular hole, which keeps the tea light in place (they come in a standard size).
I made these with thin planks of what I think is called red oak, sold in the hobby section of Home Depot or Lowe's.
I made these from a longer piece of oak. My roommate is a woodworker, and let me cut the blocks with his table saw.
I made 18 blocks. Choosing the set of symbols, frequency of symbols, and which faces of which blocks to put them on was not easy. Credit goes to my boyfriend Scott for helping design this piece.
Didn't change anything but the slot thickness (to match the plywood thickness).
I made these from thin poplar planks, sold in the hobby sections of Home Depot or Lowe's.
this design. Due to the variance in the thickness of the plywood I picked, I wasn't able to make some of the last few pieces fit. I scrapped this and decided to remake it again later, smaller, with new materials, and stain the pieces different colors for better visual effect.
this amazing collection of free, high quality traditional Japanese designs. The site is in Japanese. I found it through dezignus.com, another useful resource.