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branding iron

by newwoodbutcher
posted 12-12-2017 12:51 AM


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hairy

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#1 posted 12-12-2017 01:55 PM

Mine is not electric. My avatar is my branding iron.

Either one will take practice. I use a torch, it is not a problem. I’ve never used an electric. One thing I like is that I can take the rod out of the handle and use it on my lathe or drill press.

-- My reality check bounced...

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PPK

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#2 posted 12-12-2017 02:23 PM



Mine is not electric. My avatar is my branding iron.

Either one will take practice. I use a torch, it is not a problem. I ve never used an electric. One thing I like is that I can take the rod out of the handle and use it on my lathe or drill press.

- hairy

+1

-- Pete

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splintergroup

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#3 posted 12-12-2017 03:52 PM

I also have the Rockier torch-heat version.

It works fine, but as Hairy points out, practice helps.

It takes a minute or two to heat up, depending on the torch and you want to brand a test scrap first to be sure the heat is correct ( I usually need to heat it up a tad further than I thought).

After the heat is correct, I can usually brand 2-4 items in succession before needing to heat it back up.

I look at the choice as am I doing production branding or one-offs?
The electric sure would be easier, but I’m cheap the way 8^)

Using the drill press is a fantastic idea!

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newwoodbutcher

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#4 posted 12-12-2017 04:18 PM

Thank you both.

-- Ken

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John Smith

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#5 posted 12-17-2017 12:38 AM

I also have the non-electric iron.

the instructions that came with mine (back in 1985) is when you heat it,
heat with the flame on the back side of the brass block – not the front.
reason being is that with the flame constantly on the graphics, the crispness
of the letters will degrade over time and you will have less than favorable results.

-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

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HorizontalMike

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#6 posted 12-17-2017 06:37 PM

I use the Lee Valley 2-line electric version. I find this sensitive to the hardness of the wood, and would suspect that using the torch non-electric version may be more efficient on really hard dense woods…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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