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So during my woodworkers meeting early this month, I had brought up the need for a CNC machine in my shop and after further discussion my fellow woodworkers mentioned laser CNC said it would be better than router in doing sharp and crisp corners. The $400 machine was brought up sold on Ebay, the high end machines are in the 5k and up range which is way out of my budget and need.

So the next day I started researching and reviewing both the X-Carve and the cheap china laser machines and found issues with both and during my research it had dawned on me that Laser was no more than wood burning and I knew that I already had a Colwood pyrography machine and started comparing via google images done by both hand and laser and was amazed at what can be done with a Pyrography machine. I saw no difference between the two aside the fact that my pyro machine takes up less real estate in my shop.

You'll start to see more of my projects in pyrography as I progress in my adventures but for now here are a couple of pieces that I did in my practice. The first plaque was a test turn for an urn I'm about to build and the second plaque was a test run of what I can do when signing my work pieces on the bottom.

The wood used in the pictures was Alder.

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Its me I am back again and yet another question or two,
So your saying that the two images are done by hand ?
Can you post some pictures of the Colwood Pyrography machine please?
and the process on how you achieded such good results.

Excellent test run.
 

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Hi Rob Thanks

Sure you bet.

Yes I did these by hand.
The Colwood I have is the Colwood Detailer, which can be purchased through wooburning and through Amazon. The one through amazon is the better deal I think and I'd recommend the pro over my detailer as you have the option of two ready to use burning pins.

You have to scribe the image from paper onto the work piece and there are two methods to do this I found the latter to be the best. 1. using a printed image or text on paper and transferring it by carbon paper and tracing with pencil onto the work piece making sure the paper is taped down. 2. Calls for a laser printer as it won't work with an inkjet printer, taping the image to the work piece and using acetone to wipe over the image will transfer the ink from the paper onto the work piece, this method is best but you have to have a laser printer in which I just so happen to have, I bought the samsung from office depot last year. Oh and I almost forgot, the image or text has to be reversed on the paper as it's to be placed face down on the work piece, if not the text will come out backwards or reversed, when I used word in making the writing, I had to figure out out to reverse the text so that it came out right. There's videos showing how to do this on you tube.

In both cases the work piece has to be sanded to 600 in order to get a smooth transition.
 

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Very nice work, Randy. you have a steady hand!!

Jim
 

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Hey Randy,

Nice lettering. Maybe work on a signature? Used an iron around 40 watts to do a date and logo/info on the two boxes I made awhile back. Also looked at image transferring to the top of boxes. Have a few ideas, and I am getting back into the shop now that temps are intolerable. minus numbers coming up. Not Laughing here.

Hadn't thought about this as CNC as I think of that as cutting out pieces. Yep cnc at this point that have been given to YouTube woodworkers are waaaaay out of my budget. LOL!

Again nice job with the woodburning lettering! Mine was more sloppy. Thanks for rekindling the ideas. Looking forward to see where you take it.
 

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While having my coffee I was checking out replies when I realised that I had forgotten to ask which foot you held the Detailer in and between which toe Tee hee …otherwise,

The image transfer process I have got down pat and made quite a few images for the family its amazing what you can do with wood with a little imagination.

No doubt Keysha was somebodies family pet?
 

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Once you have the image transferred from the paper to the work piece burning is actually easy but yes Jim, it does take a steady hand and patience but anyone can do it.

Tom I'm not quit following you on the signature, that second picture is what I'm going to use for signing my boxes. I printed up a page that had several at one time and just cut them apart with scissors so I'll have an amply supply once I get ready to add them to the boxes, I think I have enough to do 7 boxes.

Rob, I used no hands or feet, I willed it on there. :)
 

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Randy,

The printed who what where is nice but putting your signature on a piece makes it a little more valuable. Have another client for a box who wants me to make it as I suggested other less expensive options. And it will be autographed.
 

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You just started and your letters look so nice Randy. Someday I'll have to give this a try! I'm a lefty so wish me luck! LOL!!!
 

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Hmmm OK my sig isn't nothing but scribble. LOL
 

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Thanks and Best of Luck Tony. :)
 

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Randy that looks terrific. Very neat, clean lines on the burning. How long does something like that take?
 

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Thanks Tooch,

Hmm… good question, I didn't really pay attention to the time but it was well within 30 mins seems about right.

To get it looking the way I did, it took some time reprinting on the printer in order to choose the font and size that worked best. I started off with number 22 font and found it a bit too small to get clean burns, I wand up using number 28 size font which seemed to work best.
 

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Awesome job, Randy. You're right-difficult to see difference much from laser engraving except that yours has that "personal touch" to it which I really like for those unique gifts. Gave me a lot of good ideas to try, thanks!
 

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You bet Bob and you're welcome.
 

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Blackie, great job. I like the idea, but will just stick to my Sharpie for my signature. If you decide to ever redo your printouts you might consider TX in caps or Texas. Just saying. I like your idea of using "the force" to direct your printing. If you haven't see it yet, I recommend "The Last Jedi." I thought it was fun.
 

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Thanks Alan, I've had in the past customers ask for engraving and sadly I've had to turn them away, little did I know what I was missing out on, with this new learning curve, I can now do their engravings and gain an extra $20 - $30 in the process, A sharpie would not fly in this instance. :)

I never paid much attention to the TX, that was just the type of font I chose, I will be more mindful next time, thanks for pointing that out.

Is there a link to this The Last Jedi? I'm not sure I'm following you on this?
 

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I just ordered a Colwood detailer kit. Single unit with 9 fixed pens. I did my first pryography last week for my wifes' lid on a gift box.

Nice work on the plaque.

Are you using fixed pens or removable tips?
 

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Thanks Tony.

Mengtian, I have three fixed and the rest of removable, 13 various tips.
 
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