Trying out my new branding iron

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Project by Tooch posted 02-03-2016 10:48 AM 1288 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My parents got me a branding iron for Christmas, and I finally got the head in the mail a few days ago. I was just itching to try it out on a few different woods, so I had some half finished projects that I was able to get done rather quickly, and this is the result.

It definitely requires some practice; the first couple attempts really burnt the line with my name on it (pic 3). Moving but this is a really nice thing to have, especially just to remind people that all the items they are looking at are made in the good ol’ U S of A and not some sweat shop in a third world country, ( not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

Thanks for looking!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 01:45 PM

Nice! The wife and I was thinking I need something like this to mark my turnings. If you don’t mind, could you give the dimensions of the stamp. Also how big is the actual metal head as it might not fit inside a recess of some of the bowls I turn. Thanks for sharing!

-- Sam

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#2 posted 02-03-2016 01:45 PM

That is a nice addition to your projects. Have you had a chance to see how it works on various wood species? Do you have to adjust how long you do the burn for different woods?

When I saw the title of this post, this came to mind:

-- “And the products of wealth push you along on the bow wave of their spiritless undying selves.” ― I. Anderson

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#3 posted 02-03-2016 01:48 PM

Nice! Here’s a hint / something I do when I brand my pieces.

If you can, get an adapter (make one) the fits in your drill press – that way you can get a perfect branding (nice and flat).

Also, brand prior to finishing if possible – that way you can sand it and remove any scorching.

Good luck – you have a nice brand there!


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#4 posted 02-03-2016 01:58 PM

Gr8 way to sign your work

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 02-03-2016 02:08 PM

Tooch – that’s a whale of an iron and darn nice.

Sam – I had one custom made – custom doesn’t mean it costs more, they can size it to your needs
pm sent

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#6 posted 02-03-2016 02:39 PM

Thanks for posting. Looks good. Reminds me that I need one, just can’t make up my mind. Cool bottle opener.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 02-03-2016 05:55 PM

That is awesome. Did you get the electric or propane torch brand? congrats buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 02-03-2016 07:50 PM

The Knot has the lowdown!

I recently got a similar brand and learned the hard way.

Post sanding and finishing does the trick for removing the scorches and eventually I’ll get the temperature correct the first time with out a lot of trial and error.

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#9 posted 02-03-2016 09:38 PM

Thanks guys, I’m really happy with it so far. Here is a link to Rockler's page with lots of different branding options

Sam they have lots of different sizes to pick from, but the head on mine is about 3.5”

Chuck I’m still working on different species, so far only oak and pine. I’ll bet maple will be nice, not sure how walnut will look though…

Bob thanks for the tip, I’ll try to fit it to the press somehow, that’ll keep the blisters off my hands from accidental contact, too

Hoss I got the electric one, it even has a switch and insulated barrel, which is real nice.

I’ll try to post a picture of the actual iron tomorrow when I get back to work

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#10 posted 02-10-2016 12:56 PM

Very nice Tooch, I may have to look into something like this for signing the bottom of my boxes, I’ve been using a pyro heating tool and carving mine in.

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#11 posted 02-13-2016 03:28 PM

Nice work, love the logo design. I ordered a custom branding iron from Brand New also. They do good work. Can you tell me where you got the metal part for your openers? I would like to make something similar. Thanks

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#12 posted 02-13-2016 07:45 PM

Miles, There a link for the Hardware for the bottle openers

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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