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Project by Bob Collins posted 11-08-2016 07:27 AM 13297 views 3 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Something new and will be quite a lot of fun once the confidence increases. I went for safety by purchasing a Conestoga Figure Wood Burner and had it shipped from the States to Australia and needed a 500 watt converter prior to burning which I did on 1/2 inch plywood. Pic 4 the shell was a first try on objects and it turned out quite good.
Pic 3 is my first attempt at burnt trees. Pic 1 was second and after doing the trees decided to add the Pagoda.
Pic 2 is something that came to mind and was third in line. There will be more to come while experimenting on different types of wood.
I toyed with the idea of using a micro wave transformer as shown in ytube and the Neon Sign transformer but after doing active service in Malaysia, tours of Vietnam why take more risks at this stage of live. www. Conestoga
has all the information on the burner which has two probes and a foot control and give you confidence to use, the main thing is to leave the probes on the work area until you lift your foot of the foot control. There is a print out on the site and is worth a read. Carl Jacobson has a ytube video using this machine, well worth a look.

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

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#1 posted 11-08-2016 07:37 AM

Heeey!! glad to hear you survived the project Bob.

I have been watching the various posts and the youtube info as well, there are always old microwaves on the footpath around here so parts would not be an issue however as you the risk at our age is not worth geting a scarey shock.

Mind the the results are most spectaluar, they look like an electronic version of he fibanacci principle.

BTW what unit did you serve with in Vietnamn?

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 11-08-2016 07:58 AM

They are pretty amazing

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 11-08-2016 08:00 AM

G’day Rob, I was Navy doing the tours on the gun line on HMAS HOBART we most probably fired over your head when down South.

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

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#4 posted 11-08-2016 08:09 AM

Really interesting and beautiful effect Bob. Another method for me to learn about, so I’ll be watching for more from you. Thanks for sharing.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 11-08-2016 09:12 AM

Druid, John this is what I meant there is so much to do and learn. Thanks for the comment.

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

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#6 posted 11-08-2016 09:21 AM

Bob, “this ”: www. gets me a cabinet company’s website. What gives?

-- Mark

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#7 posted 11-08-2016 09:48 AM

Mark, must be getting old. left out Works. Have corrected above to www. Conestoga Sorry about that.

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

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#8 posted 11-08-2016 10:47 AM

Bob, that is so0o cool mate, I also have been watching the developments in this field, but a very scary incident in my childhood holds me back for playing with that stuff..
Maybe someday?????:
Thanks for sharing.


-- 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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#9 posted 11-08-2016 11:09 AM

That is very cool, Bob. And you are so creative. Nice additions to the patterns.
I just looked at it on line and it puts out 12,000 volts at 35 mils. I like the idea of the foot pedal. I may have to do some adapting to mine!!
cheers, Jim

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

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#10 posted 11-08-2016 11:26 AM

Jim, 12,000 volts but I think it may be cut down with the converter, with the 2 prongs the burn can be controlled and will be ideal for vases, bowls etc (see the shell pic 4). I like the foot control, if there is a panic just lift the foot and the power is off. I have rubber mats on the wood bench and more where I stand and so far have had no scares or problems. Thanks for the comments.
Bob, thanks for the comments, this unit is not like the burning with the micro wave transformers as seen on ytube but you can get a ark if you lift the 2 prongs while the foot is on the control pedal. Easily rectified though, lift the foot.

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

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#11 posted 11-08-2016 12:01 PM

Really amazing with Pagoda in picture. It appears that the burns are deeper than some and gives it a good looking depth.

Would appreciate some pics of your setup…

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#12 posted 11-08-2016 12:41 PM

Well I give you credit for trying this. Know as little as I do about electric this scares me too much to even try. Well done and look forward to see where you are going with this


-- Ron Campbell

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#13 posted 11-08-2016 01:31 PM

I get so tempted to give this a try every time I see this. It will take a lot of thinking on my part to go forward.
Your end results are great and you make it look simple. Looking at the first pic gives me so many different ideas of what I could do with it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 11-08-2016 04:04 PM

Nicely done, especially on your first try, one of the things I have been wanting to try.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#15 posted 11-08-2016 04:13 PM

It looks like you have the technique down!

I’ve since added a foot switch to my neon xformer (12KV, 23ma) and it makes life simpler. I still haven’t tried 3D objects jet.

(Oh yeah, that pagoda is a fine addition!)

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