First Woodburning

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Blog entry by lanwater posted 04-12-2011 09:03 AM 1315 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to decorate a blanket chest and I was deciding between inlays and woodburning.
I decided for woodburning for 2 reasons:

-I wanted to try it.
-I could sand it off I messed it up.

I Watched few yutube videos And read a bit to get familiar with the process.
After practicing few line with my electronic solderig iron, I set to a craft store and bought a burning iron that was cheap ($16) and had several tips bundled with it.

I started with a practice run on the same wood as the chest (ash) and slapped on a thick coat of finish just to see how it would look.
I was concerned since I was going to use poly with pecan (poly mixed with stain).

I experimented a little with the color I wanted and the color that was close enough but not too opaque where the burning won’t be visible.

I enjoyed doing it. I am pretty sure I barely touched the surface of woodburning.
I have seen some impressive burning project right here on LJ.

Any remarks /tips always welcomed.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#1 posted 04-12-2011 10:00 AM

ya ba daba do !

another skill in the making

something learned at round-up

don’t sit on any hot irons !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-12-2011 12:02 PM

Hey, those look great and I know that you must be proud of those doors. Wood burning is on my list but you are way ahead of me. Nice work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 02:07 PM

Those look really nice. The detail is exquisite.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#4 posted 04-12-2011 04:06 PM

Very nice.
Well worth getting some time under your belt for future projects.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#5 posted 04-12-2011 04:15 PM

Those are great.
You got some skills, my friend.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 04-12-2011 05:35 PM

Nice work.
Full of smiles so how can we not like this!
I can see we are two to have a weak point for dragons.
Yep now you know another skill in the never ending journy.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 04-12-2011 06:57 PM

David: That skill require a lot of patience that I lack. But I am happy I tried.

Helluvawreck: I spent an entire day to get those done, not counting the practice time. In the end I liked it.

Nobuckle, Plantek: Thanks!

Steve: I chose easy artwork with no complicated details. I did a very light pass on the contour that allowed me to correct mistakes ; I did use the eraser (sand paper) on few occasions. Once happy with the overall shape, I went over it again to darken it.

Mafe: I love dragons. Under the chinese horoscope I am one. I smiled but my wrist and knuckles were sore.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 04-12-2011 07:26 PM

They are wonderful! I hope there are more to come!

-- christine

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#9 posted 04-12-2011 08:13 PM

Thanks Learnin2do. Coming from someone who has produced a lot of artwork, it’s a great compliment.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 04-12-2011 09:12 PM

I love it, nice theme love the cartoon characters, you did a good job!

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#11 posted 04-12-2011 09:35 PM

Merlin would be proud… that is magic….

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#12 posted 04-12-2011 11:23 PM

Trevor: I looked through a lot of free art work on the internet in search of something simple. This set of clipart was the winner. I love cartoons. I still watch with my kids. Thanks!

Larry: Merlin would tansform me into a frog if he sees it.


-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 04-13-2011 08:01 PM

Hello Lanwater

You’ve a good job with beautiful drawing and fine details

I like Merlin

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#14 posted 04-13-2011 11:20 PM

Thanks Diggerjacks.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 06-01-2011 04:46 AM

Hi Ian,

Very nice work by hand. Working with my laser is kind of similar in a way. If I don’t like the result, I just sand it off. If I like the design, then I cut it deeper. Nice work. Be happy to collaborate with you on more complex designs if you like…..........


-- Dave

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