The lovely result

Unboxing My First Ponoko Shipment

A short time ago I excitedly received my very first shipment from the laser cutting service Ponoko. Here’s a narrative of the unboxing, to let you know all the lovely details.

When the box arrived, I plopped it on the floor to cut it open.  Our dog Pippa couldn’t help checking it out.

Pippa checks out the box
Pippa checks out the box

Inside was the 1/8″ MDF I ordered, carefully protected by a sheet of cardboard.

Inside the cardboard cover
Inside the cardboard cover

I was surprised to find that the board was covered, front and back, by a protective adhesive, to keep the parts from breaking loose in shipping – nicely done!

adhesive on front and back
adhesive on front and back

The front piece is cut; the back piece is solid.  The paper easily peeled from the pieces, revealing a reminder that this is laser-cut: a strong smell of woodburning, which to me seemed to smell like codfish oil.  Fortunately the smell dissipated in a few hours, leaving nothing but a nicely-cut piece of wood.

peeling the protective cover
peeling the protective cover

Once the protective papers were off, I could see how the engraving on the Lunar Wheel came out: nicely wood-burned lines, with no noticeable flash-burn.  The dog cutout has a little burn, but I’m sure that will come out with a light sanding.

The lovely result
The lovely result

So, there it is: a wonderful first experience ordering my own design from Ponoko – cheers!