Using my Lichtenberg Figure Wood Burner

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Blog entry by Bob Collins posted 11-15-2016 12:41 PM 19097 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few photos of how I set up the wood burner converting from 120volt USA to 240volt Australia.
Firstly I was tempted to make the DIY microwave transformer version, then thought about the Neon Sign
Transformer but not being confident in doing the wiring etc I decided to spend a few dollors (more than a few)
and had a Conestoga – Lichtenberg Figure Wood Burner shipped out to Australia. I then spent a few more dollars
buying a 500watt converter. The unit has a foot control pedal which controls the turning on and off the power.
Here is the set up I have:
The burner is on the left of photo.
500watt converter on right of piv Foot pedal on rubber mats I also have rubber mats under the burner on a wood work bench
The prongs have a safety ring to stop the finger
getting on the burner and when the power is turned off the prongs go back into the insulated unit.
Not going to admit I took the photo while holding
the prongs but it certain is a very safe unit to operate
With this burning I am using Aust, white cedar
wood and it hold the moisture of of baking soda and water well for the burning to take place.

As recommended I mix 2 table spoons of baking soda to a quart of water and prior to burning I give the wood
a good soaking of the mixture and leave it, I then paint the area i will be burning with the solution and I am ready to go. The prongs will not burn if the wood is to wet or to dry so it is a matter of experimenting to get the right

With this unit you have more control with the burning, have found that as long as you have one prong on the wood you can re position the second prong and get continuous burning. The longer you keep the prong in one position the deeper you will get the burn and this could be filled with epoxy to make it stand out. I’ll try this later once I am more experienced with this new media. (New to me that is).

If I have missed anything you want to know just ask, maybe I will have learnt something more as I go along.

There is a PDF printout with very good instructions available on where this unit is available. BTW I have completed 5 burnings on plywood and cedar, burnt on 3 shells and 2 bowls and have
had no reason to be afraid of this unit, I feel completely in control. Hope this covers for now. Cheers Bob C.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 11-15-2016 03:29 PM

That’s a very cool rig Bob. There’s a guy in the guild I belong to and he put on a demonstration several months back. Very interesting to watch the pattern emerge. Another really cool way to accent your work. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your efforts.
Cheers mate.

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 11-15-2016 04:04 PM

G’day, Mate!!
Thanks for the good explanation! I do like the ring on the probe for another reason, when you set it down, the tip will not be close to the table but up in the air. I will do that with mine.. I snatched up a piece of ambrosia maple at school today and it will be a burning project after it is turned!!

Cheers, my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-15-2016 07:12 PM

Man you’re going to wind up a few of the guys now Bob, you might have to start a regular blog as I can see a lot wanting to have a go , Spectacular results mate.
I had a go years ago with a 15 Kv neon unit but couldn’t get results like this maybe it is the water & baking soda??
Great post

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 11-17-2016 07:17 AM

Thanks for the information Bob.
It all sounds so easy, and it obviously is as long as you take the proper precautions.

I still remember the experience I had as a kid, and I wish I could have a go at this. Maybe one day.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 11-18-2016 06:25 AM

Very interesting and very informative Bob….I like the foot pedal idea.

Fascinating Arterial designs Bob, just like aerial photographs of the Channel Country after the rain.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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