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Beetle Kill Pine Picture Frame & New Branding Iron

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Project by RockyBlue posted 04-23-2011 01:46 AM 2856 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are 2 frames I made for a reprint of a painting. The print is 12×18 and frames are 3.5 and 1.75 wide with biscuits in each corner. I cut the rabbit in the back on the table saw this time with dado blades instead of doing it on the router table. The dado was much easier and a cleaner cut. Then I decided to make a branding iron after work yesterday on the CNC mill since I finally decided on a logo. I made this out of brass and does quite nice with a propane torch. Got it done today just in time to burn it into these 2 frames I am giving away tonight. It would not heat up enough being a full inch thick , so I milled material off the back leaving a boss for the handle to thread into, leaving the top about 1/4” thick and now it heats up in a jiffy. I just need to practice the timing and temp now.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.rockybluewoodworks.com





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gary351

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#1 posted 04-23-2011 03:40 AM

Nice looking rustic picture frames, logo turned out real well also.

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#2 posted 04-23-2011 02:28 PM

Nice work. How did you press the branding iron on cleanly? I have one and sometimes it does not press correctly and burns only half the picture. What is your technique?

-- "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed", John 8:36

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#3 posted 04-23-2011 04:09 PM

NICEEEEEEEE love the knots- one on each side. :)

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#4 posted 04-23-2011 04:25 PM

I really like the pattern of the wood grain…..Great job

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Bluepine38

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#5 posted 04-23-2011 04:47 PM

Great use of the blue pine on the frames, I like the way you used the contrast of the blue and white
wood to show off the picture. I like that brand you made, you might have yourself a new sideline, if
you want it. To answer Sonny’s question, after a few hundred calves, it just comes naturally, all it
takes is lots of practice. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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RockyBlue

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#6 posted 04-23-2011 05:25 PM

I still need to turn a decent wood handle, I just jammed a piece on last night to do thoses 2 frames. To get an even burn I slightly rock the brand from top to bottom , but I can only leave it on for 1-2 seconds, so it is kinda tricky. The flatter the wood is and having a flat brand will make it easier.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.rockybluewoodworks.com

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mmh

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#7 posted 04-23-2011 05:31 PM

Nicely done frame, as the knots and bi-color wood really add a lot of character. Nice logo too. I had mine attached to the electric burner and it does take some time to heat up so I try to do multiple pieces at once. At least you’re burning onto a flat surface, as it’s really tricky when you do this on a cane shaft that’s rounded.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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SonnyGarcia

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#8 posted 04-24-2011 02:26 AM

Rocky- I see how ya did it. I did see a branding press similar to a drill press that would give a standard application.

-- "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed", John 8:36

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Brandon

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#9 posted 04-29-2011 06:15 AM

Uh any thoughts on doing a commissioned work piece for another LJ branding iron HINT HINT. Really the table is great and the branding iron ads a great touch.

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RockyBlue

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#10 posted 04-29-2011 04:34 PM

I wish I could help out, but I can’t profit off someone else’s machines. Branding irons are actually fairly easy to make if you have the equipment, but most woodworkers don’t have $150,000 laying around for a CNC mill. So I would if I could.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.rockybluewoodworks.com

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#11 posted 09-14-2011 03:49 AM

I like the frames. They really fit those pictures well. Enjoyed looking at your proects.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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