Best Laser Engraver for Woodworking

best laser engravers for woodworking

From DIY hobbyists that love tinkering around in their garage for the sheer fun of it to solopreneurs with a fullfledged laser engraving business, wood is a great material to work with. Wood gives you such a wide scope of projects and that is why it’s the favorite material for many.

But just like any other material, not all engravers are suitable for wood. Which begs the question – which is the best laser engraver for woodworking projects? In this guide, we look at the top 4 best options. And don’t worry – none of the laser engravers on this list will cost an arm and a leg.

Best Laser Engravers for Woodworking Reviews

1. DIY CNC Engraver Kits 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This multipurpose engraving machine has a large engraving area of 40*50 cm making it ideal for large engravings. With this DIY desktop engraving 5500MW powered machine, you can showcase your creativity on a wide variety of materials and especially wood.

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The DIY CNC is compatible with Windows XP/ 7/8/ and 10. It is the perfect engraver for processed wood and bamboo. You can use it for both engraving and cutting MDF boards.

Its construction material, that is, aluminum and acrylic make it one of the lightest engraving machines on the market.  This makes it very portable and user-friendly which is exactly what you need for home-based projects.

Setting up the machine is a straight forward process – just follow the step-by-step guidelines provided in the detailed user manual. It also comes with an installation video that might come in handy if you get stuck anywhere.

It also comes with lots of other goodies including free software, a thumb drive, safety glasses, a USB cable, and some DIY kit parts in case you need to do some routine maintenance.

Pros
  • Suitable for both cutting and engraving
  • Offline control options
  • Easy to assemble
  • User friendly
  • Compatible with all versions of windows
  • Inexpensive
Cons
  • Not ideal for non-wooden materials

2. MYSWEETY DIY CNC 3018-PRO

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This 3018-Pro is an upgraded version of the 3018 model. It can be controlled either manually or by using a computer running Windows 7/8 and 10. The offline control function gives it a competitive edge over other wood engraving machines.

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This 7,000 MW laser engraver comes with a control switch that protects the board from damage due to overcurrents and excess temperatures either due to user mistakes or as a result of brownouts and power surges.

Even though we recommend it for your woodworking projects, this machine is also great with metal, glass, and silver materials. This is the laser engraver to use when working with hardwoods. No matter how hard the engraved wood maybe, the 775 spindle motor will make the perfect engravings.

It has a 4cm aluminum base which provides a highly stable base that’s durable and strong. On this base are 4 clamps, which provide a firm grip to the engraving material. The adjustable laser head will help you achieve high accuracy when working on your wood engravings.

As an added bonus, the machine comes in an elegant black metallic color which can give your workspace a rustic and artistic look. That would make for great photos of the completed piece with the rustic engraver on the background.

Pros
  • Powerful laser head
  • Uses both drilling bits and a laser
  • Can be controlled manually and by a computer
  • Strong and durable aluminum base
  • current control feature
  • Can also be used to engrave metals
  • Inexpensive
Cons
  • Fragile plastic body
  • Not the best choice for softwood

3. 3018-SE Desktop CNC Router Machine 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This is a great laser machine for DIY woodworking projects. You can operate 3018-SE on Windows XP/7/8/10, Mac OS, and Linux.  It is also compatible with lots of software including Lasergrbl, Fusion360, Lightburn, and CopperCAM.

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The 300x180x45mm working area is designed for a wide variety of tasks of different sizes. Even though you cannot engrave metals and other extremely hard surfaces, working on brass, aluminum, MDF boards, resins, plastics, and plywood is possible.

Your safety is guaranteed when working with the 3018-SE Desktop CNC Router Machine. No dust nor chips will scatter or harm you.  The removable enclosure also reduces the working noise. The machine comes pre-assembled even though it still has a detailed user manual that anyone can follow to set up the machine in under 30 minutes.

It also has an emergency stop switch for protecting it in case of power interruptions.

Pros
  • Compatible with most vector manipulation software
  • Runs on both Windows and Linux operating systems
  • Both offline and computer control options
  • Low sound level (65 dB)
Cons
  • Only has 2 piece clamps
  • You can’t use it for engraving hard material

4. 3018-SE CNC Router Engraving Machine

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The 3018-SE CNC Router Engraving Machine features an ultrafine carbide material for advanced engraving performance. With an only acceptable shark run-out error of 0.01mm, you can rest assured of the finest engraved woodworking projects. It also comes with steel alloy shark holders so you don’t have to worry about replacing them any time soon.

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The 3018-SE CNC Router Engraving Machine is ideal for cutting and engraving woods like MDF and plywood but it can also be used on other non-metallic materials like plastics, aluminum, and brass.

It has a 0.25 Nm torque step motor which is powerful enough to force the engraving bit on the engraved surface without having to repeat the engraving process multiple times. This saves time thereby allowing you to churn out more engraved pieces.

It also has an all-round enclosure to protect you from loose chips and dust as you engrave away. Just like its successor, this engraver also has an emergency stop switch that will shut off the machine and protect it from a power surge.

Last but not least, the machine is compatible with all GRBL software and can be operated on Windows 7/8/10/Vista/ MAC OS and Linux operating systems.

Pros
  • Low power consumption
  • Compatible with all GRBL software
  • Large working surface
  • Supports Windows 7/8/10/, MAC OS, and Linux operating systems
  • Emergency stop switch
  • Can be used on other non-metallic materials
  • Good for both engraving and cutting
  • Inexpensive
Cons
  • Can’t be used on metallic materials
  • Not very portable