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 Engraver for Woodworking
xTool D1 Pro Laser Engraver with Rotary RA2 Pro
Overview of the key highlights of the xTool D1 Pro Laser
The xTool D1 Pro Laser Engraver has a powerful 10W module to cut and engrave on wood, metals, and a variety of other surfaces. It will cut 10mm (0.39″) thick wood in one pass, 5mm (0.19″) black acrylic in one pass and you can mark stainless steel and metals.
- User friendly
One of the key qualities of this machine is that it is the easy assembly which can be completed within 10 – 20 minutes.
The best part about the Laser Engraver is its ability to engrave a huge variety of material. This means you can get as creative as you want with your choice of materials without the need of purchasing another engraver. It already includes the RA2 Pro Rotary for engraving of cylindrical objects, bottles, cans etc.
xTool D1 Pro laser cutter and engraver machine is equipped with a 10W Laser Module. The compressed spot and laser focus spot makes sure that this laser engraver has enough power with excellent precision.
Industrial grade steel structure design provides the engraver with reliability and accuracy. The modular design is easy to assemble & repair.
Large Engraving Area of 432*406 mm (17*16 inch). xTool D1 Pro laser cutter and engraver machine is able to engrave cylinders by adding the RA2 Pro Rotary Module (included).
The xTool D1 Pro laser engraver has a protective cover which can filter 97% of ultraviolet light. We do however suggest you get a decent pair of eye protection glasses specially suited for diode lasers. You can find more information here: laser engraving eye protection.
Can Cut: Paper, Wood, Leather, MDF, some dark opaque acrylic, and felt
Can Engrave: Paper, Wood, Leather, MDF, Stainless Steel, Some dark opaque acrylic, Bamboo, Fabric, Ceramic, Jade, Marble, Cement, Brick, Plated metal, Painted metal, and Dark Glass
In the below YouTube Tutorial, you will see the xTool D1 10W cutting 10mm Cedar Wood:
xTool also has some amazing accessories that is worth mentioning.
A fantastic accessory to consider would be the Honeycomb Working Table which will not only protect your worktable from any damage caused by the laser, it will also greatly improve engraving and cut results especially with wood. It ensures a clean cut by improving airflow and thereby reducing heat.
- Honeycomb Working Table
xTool Honeycomb Working Panel Set, 19.68 x 19.68 x 0.87 inch Honeycomb Working Table
You may also want to consider the xTool Laser engraving starter kit which contains 99 pieces of some great materials. Included is metal business cards, dog tags, necklace, coasters, pine and plywood and some rubber.
- xTool Laser Material Box
xTool Laser Material Box, 99 Pcs of Engraving Kits DIY Materials for CNC Engraver Laser Engraving, Including Metal Business Card, Dog Tag, Necklace, Fir Coaster, Pine Column, Plywood, Rubber Mat
ATOMSTACK Laser Engraver S10 Pro
Overview of the key highlights of the ATOMSTACK S10 Pro Laser
ATOMSTACK S10 Pro laser engraver 10W laser output power with a ultra-fine laser focus area of 0.06*0.06mm. It is able to cut 15~20mm (0.59 – 0.78″) thick wood, engrave mirror, stainless steel metal, ceramics & dark glass.
S10 PRO laser engraving machine has offline engraving functionality and has an emergency stop button. There is also no need to adjust the focus before engraving.
It has Automatic fixed focus, Panoramic Glass Eye Protection Design which can filter 97% of the ultraviolet light. We do however suggest you get a decent pair of eye protection glasses specially suited for diode lasers. You can find more information here: laser engraving eye protection.
Compatible With engraving software, such as LaserGRBL, LightBurn and supports Win XP / Win 7 / Win 8 / XP / Win 10 / Win 11, and support MAC system (LightBurn), engraving file format supports NC, BMP, JPG, PNG, DXF etc.
The dual laser 10W power output is the best selling point of this laser, we believe many customers will love this amazing powerful laser. ATOMSTACK S10 PRO laser engraver also has offline functionality. It has some amazing optional accessories.
- Rotary Engraving Module
Optional accessory is the rotary engraving module for engraving of Cylindrical objects, bottles and cans etc.
ATOMSTACK R3 Roller, Aluminum Y-axis Rotary Roller Engraving Module
- Honeycomb Worktable
Another accessory would be the ATOMSTACK honeycomb worktable with fixtures. This worktable is effective for excellent engraving results by reducing wood being blackened by smoke. It’s main features are: provides structural support, energy absorption,light diffusion and increased airflow. The X-axis and Y-axis is equipped with high definition scale lines for easy measuring of your engraving size.
ATOMSTACK Laser Honeycomb Worktable with Fixtures
- ATOMSTACK Air Assist Pump:
The air assist pump is a fantastic accessory which will reduce the surface temperature and will vastly improve cut and engraving results. This is an absolute gem when used in combination with the honeycomb table. The results are incredible.
Apart from great edge quality the air assist pump will protect the laser lens by effectively removing dust and smoke. It has a low noise design with generated volume as low as 60db so you wont hardly notice it running. Very easy to install and is compatible with all ATOMSTACK engraving machines in the A, S and X Series. We most definitely recommend the air assist pump.
ATOMSTACK Air Assist Pump for Laser Engraving and Cutting
DIY CNC Engraver Kits
Overview of the key highlights of DIY CNC Engraver Kits
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.
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.
MYSWEETY DIY CNC 3018-PRO
Overview of the key highlights of MYSWEETY DIY CNC 3018-Pro
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.
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 thin aluminum and copper 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.
Should you need any help in choosing the best wood for your laser cutting and engraving projects then check out this post: Best Materials for Laser Engraving
We hope the information provided on the different engravers have shed some light on the best laser engravers for woodworking. Please remember before you click the buy button, to read other user reviews on Amazon and also think about the kinds of woods you will be working with.
All the best and Happy Engraving.