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Forum topic by zipmac22 posted 12-30-2020 11:11 PM 455 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2020 11:11 PM

Hi Everyone,

My daughter and son-in-law gave me an electric branding iron for Christmas to use for my projects. My question is to those that use a branding iron to mark you work where do you apply the branding emblem, i.e. bottom, back, or side of your project? I do have to learn just how long to keep the branding iron on the wood and remember to rock it back and forth as well as front to back to make sure the whole stamp emblem shows, but I’m working on it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

-- Chris, Central Texas


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#1 posted 12-30-2020 11:41 PM

I do the bottom.

My brand is my Icon pic, also an electric.

I’d suggest plugging it in, and just leave it be for about 15 to 20 minutes, then attempt using it. Also get your scraps too small to do much with and practice, practice, practice. After a while it’s muscle memory, but darned if I didn’t make some goofs getting it down.

Plus all woods are not created equally. Cherry burns quick, but Soft Maple which shares a 950 Janka score for hardness doesn’t, at least not near as fast. Some of the harder woods you need to lay it on a bit, so if you go to burn a wood you haven’t done yet, practice some more.

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#2 posted 12-30-2020 11:44 PM

I use my on the bottom

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#3 posted 12-30-2020 11:52 PM

I normally do the bottom or the back.

Like Steve said different wood act differently. I will keep several scrap pieces for tests and use the count method. I’ve found that 10-15 works fairly well in most cases.

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#4 posted 12-31-2020 12:24 AM

Kind of depends on project and size as well. Back, bottom, inside of drawer, under lid.

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#5 posted 12-31-2020 12:52 AM

Hmmm…

The one I just received for Christmas…

Mine takes about 25 minutes to heat up enough….that is a LOT of brass to get hot…supposed to turn a “coppery” colour, when hot enough…

The area in that yellow circle? Gets RED HOT…..

Practice, Practice, practice…

Until…

Looks close to what I’m trying to “print”

Warning: it also has to cool down almost an hour, before you can put the iron away….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#6 posted 12-31-2020 01:02 AM

I like to use my branding iron on the bottom and whenever possible I do it prior to assembly in case I get a bad brand.

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#7 posted 12-31-2020 02:48 AM

Either the bottom or the back depending on what I made.

-- Dave

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#8 posted 12-31-2020 04:16 AM

Branding the lid for shop items, like a tool box….shows which shop it belongs to….otherwise it goes into the bottom of the bottom…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#9 posted 12-31-2020 11:49 AM

Locate my brand on bottom of small items usually.
Brand on lower back of large cabinets that won’t be picked up to check for maker’s mark.
Usually brand the bottom of every drawer right next to fitted location on multi-drawer chests.

+1 different woods need different contact time
I find using a timer with seconds (phone watch, etc) helps me be consistent.

Have also ‘accidentally’ noticed that surface tends to burn more consistently if seal or blotch coat (shellac, vinyl, etc) is applied to wood prior to burning. Don’t get as much as shadow or fringe burn as the coating protects the wood. With seal coat, if do get unwanted scorch mark; seems to sand off easier too.
Burning a brand after fully finished as opposite effect. A film finish on wood tends to char and turn yellow around edges, making a very fugly mark.

Here is an existing thread with lots of information on branding iron use you might like:
Branding iron - electric or not?

Cheers!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#10 posted 12-31-2020 03:32 PM

For me it’s in the most practical inconspicuous place (usually underneath). I like the idea of leaving a makers mark, just don’t want it to be in the customers face.

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#11 posted 12-31-2020 05:15 PM



Locate my brand on bottom of small items usually.
Brand on lower back of large cabinets that won t be picked up to check for maker s mark.
Usually brand the bottom of every drawer right next to fitted location on multi-drawer chests.

+1 different woods need different contact time
I find using a timer with seconds (phone watch, etc) helps me be consistent.

Have also accidentally noticed that surface tends to burn more consistently if seal or blotch coat (shellac, vinyl, etc) is applied to wood prior to burning. Don t get as much as shadow or fringe burn as the coating protects the wood. With seal coat, if do get unwanted scorch mark; seems to sand off easier too.
Burning a brand after fully finished as opposite effect. A film finish on wood tends to char and turn yellow around edges, making a very fugly mark.

Here is an existing thread with lots of information on branding iron use you might like:
Branding iron - electric or not?

Cheers!

- CaptainKlutz

I remember that other thread. Interesting idea there to heat up the iron with a hot plate. I currently just use a propane torch for my Gearheart one.

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