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Project by awsum55 posted 04-10-2018 04:30 PM 1241 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a way to sign my work and have always looked at the branding irons for sale but I was too cheap to buy one. I had an idea the other day that my initials “JD” would be easy to create using wire. I tried a few different designs and then I settled on this one.

I heat the wire with a torch until it’s bright red, then I wait a second or 2 and touch the wood for a second. It took me quite a few tries to get it right, too long and it burns too deep, too short and comes out uneven. I finally got it down and now I can brand my stuff in just a minute or so. I just drilled a hole in a dowel to hold the wire.

When I touch the wood smoke billows up and I have to blow it away so I can see what I’m doing.

I bet some of you have initials that would work too. This was my first one, but it was too large for some of my projects, so I made the smaller one that seems to work out nicely.

-- John D, OP, KS





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Scott Oldre

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#1 posted 04-10-2018 04:56 PM

great idea. Simple to do I would imagine.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#2 posted 04-10-2018 05:04 PM

Clever idea!

-- Steve, Minneapolis area

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 04-10-2018 06:18 PM

Neat.

Learning how hot and how long will also vary by species of wood too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Joe

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#4 posted 04-10-2018 09:06 PM

I like that idea, nice job. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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artsyfartsy

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#5 posted 04-11-2018 01:18 PM

I like that idea. I’m the same as you, I want one of those branding irons, but I can’t lift my leg enough to get one. Any special type of wire to use?

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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awsum55

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#6 posted 04-11-2018 03:06 PM

I used some wire from an old kitchen whisk my wife threw away. I think the wire is stainless, but I don’t think it should matter.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#7 posted 04-12-2018 02:18 AM

Great and a wonderful solution

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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mj_and_hj

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#8 posted 04-16-2018 02:56 AM

Great idea, have a bunch of wire in basement, I know what I am doing tomorrow!

-- I love the smell of wood chips in the morning

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awsum55

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#9 posted 04-17-2018 02:22 AM



Great idea, have a bunch of wire in basement, I know what I am doing tomorrow!

- mjandhj

Please let me know when you make one, I know you will like it. I’ve branded everything I’ve made for my self in the shop, like jigs and things. Good luck, I can’t wait to see it. The more things I brand, the better I’m getting at it.

-- John D, OP, KS

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