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Project by TheWoodCrafter posted 08-27-2021 02:21 PM 728 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone,
Was thinking to add my brand (not a real brand :)) to my woodworking projects, and as I have a small CNC machine I thought to give it a try on brass! and here is what I came up with, the only thing that I need to practice now is how much heat is enough and how long the iron should be in contact with wood. I burned a lot of wood already but I think I can get away with that by sanding and redo :).

By the way milling Brass is so different than wood, I had to stand nearby my CNC for almost 15 hours to make a 0.06” deep cut.

Here is a video if you wish to see more details about this build, thank you in advacne.

https://youtu.be/iEbWkt4llTE

-- The woodCrafter





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987Ron

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#1 posted 08-27-2021 02:37 PM

nice brand.

-- Ron

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TheWoodCrafter

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#2 posted 08-27-2021 02:39 PM

Thx

-- The woodCrafter

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TheWoodCrafter

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#3 posted 08-27-2021 02:41 PM

Thank you :)


nice brand.

- 987Ron


-- The woodCrafter

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Steve

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#4 posted 08-27-2021 02:53 PM

Wow, that turned out really nice. I have a manual branding iron and it’s always the most stressful part of a build for me when I do the brand since you only get one shot. I typically try to brand the piece of wood prior to assembly in case I mess it up. Just keep a scrap piece of the same wood on hand to test, prior to branding your final project.

You could also start working on a conversion to electric. ;)

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James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 08-27-2021 03:11 PM

Great brand and logo. I have an electric brand and even with that it takes a lot of practice. The hardness of the wood also effects the final out come. Like Steve said use a piece of the same wood for a test then reheat a little.

I marked the rod with a permanent marker to indicate where the top of the brand is.

-- James E McIntyre

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TheWoodCrafter

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#6 posted 08-27-2021 03:25 PM

Great tip man, didn’t know that, I should have asked about it before I started to monkey around carrying a blazing hot rod inside a woodworking shop lol

Thx for the tip, I will give it a try


Wow, that turned out really nice. I have a manual branding iron and it s always the most stressful part of a build for me when I do the brand since you only get one shot. I typically try to brand the piece of wood prior to assembly in case I mess it up. Just keep a scrap piece of the same wood on hand to test, prior to branding your final project.

You could also start working on a conversion to electric. ;)

- Steve


-- The woodCrafter

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TheWoodCrafter

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#7 posted 08-27-2021 03:27 PM

Thank you James,
I tried it on plywood first and now I know what was wrong lol.

I should mind that hardness thing next time.


Great brand and logo. I have an electric brand and even with that it takes a lot of practice. The hardness of the wood also effects the final out come. Like Steve said use a piece of the same wood for a test then reheat a little.

I marked the rod with a permanent marker to indicate where the top of the brand is.

- James E McIntyre


-- The woodCrafter

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#8 posted 08-27-2021 03:57 PM

That is excellent, Rasim!!!!!!! I love it. Just a thought…if you made it to connect to one of the electric branding irons you could get it heated the same each time that way. It looks great with the heat you used.

Cheers, Jim

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

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TheWoodCrafter

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#9 posted 08-27-2021 04:08 PM

Thx Jim,
That is exactly what I am thinking of now, it is difficult to preheat it to the same temperature every time! I will look for an electric iron for sure.

Thx for commenting on my channel:)

Cheers
Rasim


That is excellent, Rasim!!!!!!! I love it. Just a thought…if you made it to connect to one of the electric branding irons you could get it heated the same each time that way. It looks great with the heat you used.

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


-- The woodCrafter

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James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 08-27-2021 06:16 PM

You do great work on your cnc.

I have this infrared thermometer.
It has a max reading up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit.

It helps me to get the temperature close to what I need to get consistent results. Any good meter with a high heat reading will do. I hope this helps.

-- James E McIntyre

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therealSteveN

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#11 posted 08-27-2021 06:29 PM

It does matter quite a bit on species, but as you know depending on grain, and other factors all woods will cut, turn, sand and brand differently. Someone suggested like scrap, and I would add from the exact same area of the project where you plan to brand, and do a few practice shots.

I also have the electric head on my brand, so unsure for your brand about the how long, and what temp. All I can ad is that I wouldn’t think about trying a brand until mine is plugged in for at least 20 minutes, and I strive to get in a 70 degree area to do them because cold, or hot weather can also effect them.

James idea of using an instant read thermometer is a good one. As Steve said you just get one shot, he wasn’t kidding.

BUT, when you get it right it makes a mark you’ll be proud of. Plus people will say WOW, who is this guy, neat brand… :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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TheWoodCrafter

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#12 posted 08-27-2021 07:00 PM

Thank you James for your advice and your nice comment , I will check this out for sure.

Cheers


You do great work on your cnc.

I have this infrared thermometer.
It has a max reading up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit.

It helps me to get the temperature close to what I need to get consistent results. Any good meter with a high heat reading will do. I hope this helps.

- James E McIntyre


-- The woodCrafter

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TheWoodCrafter

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#13 posted 08-27-2021 07:05 PM

So true, I already made one wrong shot on my miter jack, not so bad not to be corrected but it burns :( , but now I learned my lesson and will mind all great advices posted here!

Thank you for commenting and advice.

Cheers


It does matter quite a bit on species, but as you know depending on grain, and other factors all woods will cut, turn, sand and brand differently. Someone suggested like scrap, and I would add from the exact same area of the project where you plan to brand, and do a few practice shots.

I also have the electric head on my brand, so unsure for your brand about the how long, and what temp. All I can ad is that I wouldn t think about trying a brand until mine is plugged in for at least 20 minutes, and I strive to get in a 70 degree area to do them because cold, or hot weather can also effect them.

James idea of using an instant read thermometer is a good one. As Steve said you just get one shot, he wasn t kidding.

BUT, when you get it right it makes a mark you ll be proud of. Plus people will say WOW, who is this guy, neat brand… :-)

- therealSteveN


-- The woodCrafter

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Ocelot

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#14 posted 08-27-2021 08:08 PM

I have only used my branding iron a few times but since I’m here I can say from my very limited experience…

1) I learned to look for the right amount of smoke. Just hold it on til I see that wisp of smoke.

2) A light sanding with fine sandpaper will lighten it up if you overdo it a little.

That’s just about more than I know about that. :-)

-Paul

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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BurlyBob

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#15 posted 08-27-2021 11:00 PM

that’s a fine looking brand. It will definitely add a classy touch to your projects.

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