Fractal Burning, designed for SAFETY FIRST, project, video etc.

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Project by bushmaster posted 12-24-2016 05:40 AM 3726 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I suspect that all of you have been intrigued by the posts involving fractal burning but have been hesitant to try it because pf the inherent danger, 20 thousand volts is enough to scare anyone. It does me. Allot of the youtube video’s are quite basic, rip the micr0wave transformer out, add a couple leads, plug it in and watch it smoke and sparks fly. Jim Jakosh posted a nice set up and he inspired me to work on this one, I liked his idea of not having to hold the ground electrode wand. I came up with the idea of having an adjustable tower for the weighted wand as in picture 2, Later I thought if I made another one i could go hands free, and not even touch the beast. I salvaged and repaired an old computer desk to put it on. Actually one of my first concerns was how I was going to turn it on and off, maninly off if things went bad. I put together this little box with a plug in controlled be a switch that has to be pushed down continually, and can be operated with your foot. Found at Auto parts store to operate a starter solenoid. As a visual safety device I plugged a lamp into it so when it is on the lamp is on. NO SURPRISES. OR HAVE TO RUN TO THE WALL TO UNPLUG IT.

The first time it tried it, it didn’t work as other ones did on you tube, so I went on to something else as it was below zero F. Next time when it warmed up it didn’t work until I disconnected the cord ground wire from the transformer. Also used hot water to dissolve the baking soda.

The burn patterns are so interesting.

The first one I did cleaned up.

The sample that I made during the video I decided to turn it into a cutting board, hang up and cut on the other side, will give it as a gift to our host for Christmas dinner. Not another like it ever.

Addition information can be found by viewing the video and seeing it smoke and spark, cared ther person videoing it, that why it jumps at the end when the flair up occurs when the patterns meet.

What you see is may first attempt, have not figured out the trick to getting it started and working properly, How does the concentration of water to baking soda affect it? type of wood and grain pattern? It seems to have a mind of its one.
Thanks for looking and comments appreciated. especially suggestions.
Have a nice Christmas from the North Pole.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 12-24-2016 05:58 AM

Realy extreme woodworking,... but result is magnificant!

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#2 posted 12-24-2016 05:58 AM

Very informative Brian, I’ll be watching it again.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 12-24-2016 09:00 AM

Fabulous Brian, I love those patterns.
You are much gamer than I am. Although I like how you made your probe pivots.
Maybe I will try it next year.

Merry Christmas to you all.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 12-24-2016 10:03 AM

Very interest work Brian, I actually got to see the video before the posting…one clever bloke you are sir, turning your hand to so many new and creative endeavours….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 12-24-2016 11:36 AM

I like the outcome, but not for me.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 12-24-2016 04:00 PM

Could you do this on a curved surface, say a boot?!!!
Merry Christmas to you and yours. Roman

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#7 posted 12-24-2016 08:39 PM

Looks cool but I’d definitely be concerned about someone having their spray bottle set on stream. It looks like you’ve tried to take out the danger in your build. I may just be paranoid but that much current traveling back to the operator is a scarey thought to me.

Nice video


-- Average people have wishes and dreams. Confident people have plans and goals.

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#8 posted 12-24-2016 11:18 PM

Your approach to safety might make me consider trying it.

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#9 posted 12-24-2016 11:48 PM

Awesome work. I learn something every time from you.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 12-25-2016 01:33 AM

mousejockey I certainly thought of it, did it out of desperation, got the idea from another LJ, HE SAID SPRITZ. fine spray. tried a quick shot. and standing on 2 inches of styrofoam and rubber mat was a good precaution. Safety is top most in my mind. You only have one chance to get it right.
Roman. I have seen it done on table legs so should work OK, that why I made the adjustable towers for different shapes and heights.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 12-25-2016 03:59 AM

Truly creative and amazing and really shocking results! Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 12-25-2016 04:40 AM

This gives new life to the spot welder I never built. I might have to revisit that dusty box with a new idea.

-- Tim S. Top notch stick kicker

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#13 posted 12-27-2016 03:57 PM

I really like your set up, very nice job.

I use mine only on occasion, mostly because it scares the daylights out of me. But it does make for some nice accent pieces.

The momentary on switch for a foot pedal is pure genius! I stand about 10 feet behind mine ready to yank the plug from the wall! I just seen one of those switches around here somewhere, I am definately going to have to make that mod.

-- Proud owner of an electronics free workshop. Please check your cell phone at the door!

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#14 posted 12-29-2016 02:18 AM

Great way to do it completely safe- no touching either electrode. thanks for posting, Brian!!

Cheers, JIm

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 12-31-2016 06:47 PM

Great video, and Good comments on your work.
I did some for the first time for Christmas on some tissue boxes. The unit I used was from
I used the hand held probe method that came with the unit and heavy rubber gloves while standing on the rubber mat.
I am still new at this and just used the brass wire brush to clean it up without water. It was so rough from the grain raising and the discoloration of the solution that I sanded it with 220g in the ROS before I finished it. By doing so I lost some of the fine detail the resembles fir/pine needles.
I used white oak, mahogany, Tenn. cedar, and Peruvian walnut. All seemed to burn good. I tried poplar on a sample but it burned with a branch detail and no fine needles feature.
Like was pointed out by Bushmaster, it has a mind of it’s own, but can be controlled somewhat by moving the probes, once the paths meet it is done for that route unless one probe is moved. I will try to post some pictures of the final results. Can’t figure out how to post pictures.

-- Woodworkers make things fit,Machinists make things that fit.

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