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Licthenberg device first try

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Project by TroutmanDesigns posted 03-04-2019 03:08 PM 492 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Always wanting to try this. It is super dangerous and only should be tried if you understand electricity .
I took all the safety precautions possible, because that device will kill you. I took a scrape piece of plywood and applied the solution liberally all over the board. I am very happy with results for first try, I played with different inlay colors to get ideas for future projects coming soon. I did use the more dangerous microwave transformer instead of a neon transformer. However both can and will kill you.

-- TM





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pottz

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#1 posted 03-04-2019 03:19 PM

hey nothing makes woodworking more fun than the danger of being killed-lol.thats some cool looking fractal burning,nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 03-05-2019 02:29 AM

Nice. I don’t know why these fractals are so intriguing, but I am always drawn to the look of them.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 03-05-2019 04:45 AM

The design you brought out of the wood is beautiful

-- derek / oregon

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#4 posted 03-07-2019 03:32 AM

Meh. I can be hit by a bus stepping off my front porch in the morning. Live in the now. Make beauty. Be remembered.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#5 posted 03-10-2019 12:24 PM

Hey…your last sentence is incorrect. I chose the 12,000 volt neon sign transformer because its output is just 30mA. I had to find one on eBay. But it is safer. It feels sort of like when you put a 9v battery to your tongue to check if it is ok.

I rejected using a microwave transformer because its current output is lethal. Have read several warnings about them that told of people dying. Do wear heavy duty rubber gloves and stand on a rubber mat…and be careful.

If I were to start over, I’d try a starter for an oil burning heater. They’re readily available online at a reasonable price.

And if I felt like spending $300 for a solid state one, made specifically for this kind of Lichtenberg figure wood burning, I’d get it from here:
http://conestogaworks.com/woodburners.html

(Actually, I spent nearly $200 for the neon sign transformer and a variac. Compared to the solid state one, the transformer and variac are very heavy and take up a lot more space.)

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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