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04-17-2021 03:19 AM

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Not sure this is an appropriate question for this forum; apologies if it’s not. I bought an electric branding iron (handle shaped like a thick pen; essentially a soldering iron) to sign my work. Having trouble keeping it perfectly vertical (to apply my signature evenly); if it’s tipped even just a bit, I get a very uneven impression. Any tips on how to do this correctly? (There must be some kind of jig for this). Thanks, Howard


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#1 posted 04-17-2021 03:24 AM

yeah i hear ya ive had the same problem.first off i always practice on something before the final brand.i also slightly rock the iron back and forth to get an even burn.just play with it until you have a perfect method.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 04-17-2021 03:33 AM

Always a trial on scrap before going to a finished piece, and yes to rocking gently side to side, and back and forth. Not a great amount, imagine you want to totally imprint the face of the iron, onto your wood.

I’ve also found that different species will brand at much different rates, so my warm up tries are always done on scrap from the project, so you are trying the same wood you will be burning on the piece.

Last the electric models are all different, think cheap electronics, but all I have seen require about 15 to 20 minutes on, to get to a good temp. I start mine laying flat on my concrete floor, then when I’m done I put it back on the concrete to cool off. I heard about a woodworker keeping his on his wooden bench, went inside thinking he was done for the day, shop burned down.

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#3 posted 04-17-2021 03:52 AM

You can get a small laser engraver for about the same as you just spent on the brander. Let’s you engrave anything you can get a b/w image of.

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#4 posted 04-17-2021 12:57 PM

I use my lathe. I made a jig to mount to the headstock and drew center lines on it. I put center lines on the piece to be branded, and center that on the jig. I use double sided tape to hold the workpiece and back that up with clamps if needed. I use a level to position the iron.

This could be done on a drillpress instead of a lathe.

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#5 posted 04-17-2021 01:34 PM

Mark, don’t keep it a secret. Where is this laser engraver you speak of? Model #? Brand? Thanks

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#6 posted 04-17-2021 02:02 PM

Review link HERE


Lase anything on the cheap.

This model was under $200 five years ago. Smaller ones are less. The big cost is the laser. More power = more $$$.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#7 posted 04-17-2021 02:37 PM

Thanks

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#8 posted 04-17-2021 07:51 PM

yeah thanks i always thought it would be cool to be able to some some designs or lettering on projects but didn’t want to spend thousands but for a few hundred bucks maybe.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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