The Joy of Laser Cutting is a project by Alda Escareño. 

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Doughnut

The Doughnut’s origin story is one of much dispute. Fried baked goods existed long-before someone decided to add a hole, but it is in the addition of this hole that this pastry began its journey to become the icon we know today. Around the world you will find many variations on the doughnut, some savoury, some filled, topped with chocolate, sprinkles or some without the hole.

In this recipe we will use the doughnut form to play with layers and combine laser cutting with some wood-shop tools.

Ingredients

• 1/8” baltic birch plywood 10 x 10”

• 1/4" baltic birch plywood 10 x 10"

Tools

• 100 grit sand paper, a sanding sponge or a nail file

• Wood glue

• Clamps

• Bright paint

• Router

Files
Directions

1. Download and open the doughnut.ai file.

Measure the material you are working with and adjust the art board of the file to match.

You’ll see that this file consists of 2 artboards. Artboard one is to be cut out of 1/4" plywood, artboard two out of 1/8" plywood.

2. You will want to add some toppings to the blobby icing shape. Play with combining shapes that outlined with shapes that are filled in.

3. Send your file out to be cut. See a list of places where you can have your file cut.

4. With all your pieces cut, use some wood glue and clamps to attach the four doughnut body shapes together.

5. To round the corners down, I used a trim router with a 1/2" roundover bit on the exterior and interior edges. You can use a table router, a hand held router or even a hand held rotery tool with a sanding bit. You don't need a perfect result, just a rounded edge that more closely resembles a doughnut. Be sure to also soften the edges on the doughnut frosting.

6. Add some colour to your doughnut with some acrylic paint, and attach the icing to your doughnut with some glue.

Get Creative with Form and Function