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Forum topic by CastleOfCheese posted 04-07-2015 08:01 PM 828 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2015 08:01 PM

Hi guys,
New member here with a question about woodburning. I’m giving axes as groomsment gifts in a couple of days. Originally, I planned to have their initials engraved on the axe heads, but due to my procrastination, there’s no time for that. I gave the handles a bit of a face lift with sanding staining and a couple coats of tung oil.

While walking through the store today, I noticed a woodburning tool and alphabet kit and figured it’d be easy enough to slap their initials on the handles myself. My question is: can I burn the letters through the two coats of tung oil and just add another coat or two after, or will I end up with some sort of burnt, gummy disaster? Any info is appreciated. Thanks.

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#1 posted 04-09-2015 04:41 AM

I doubt it. The burner would have to cook that stuff away before ‘burning’ the wood. I would hit them with a bit of sandpaper first to remove a small area in which to burn. A spindle sander perhaps. I wouldn’t try to engrave through it either for that matter. Good luck. Maybe you have a piece you can practice on?

One more thought; you could initial them in some other way. Such as with a nice marker, then varnish over that. Not as nice I know, but… Print out a small piece of paper with their initials and varnish it on to the handle. You could even do color. Hmmm.

-- Logan

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#2 posted 04-09-2015 05:44 AM

I wish I would have seen your suggestion before attempting to burn the initials ha. It didn’t go too poorly, but due to the contour of the handles, it was tough to keep the burning tool from sliding once it got the tung oil hot. Results weren’t too bad, but could have been better. Thanks and appreciate the input!

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