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NSBruce

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08-09-2016 11:17 PM

Hi All

I have finally got my home built burner finished ,I bought the pen cord and pen( Colwood) most every thing was sourced on Ebay and shipped from China, the most expensive item was the transformer, I purchased that fro Allied Electronics Canada, I got the schematic drawing on WCI forum for free.
Here are a few pics of my unit

Bruce

-- NSBruce


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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 08-09-2016 11:46 PM

Looks like you have made a nice set up Bruce. Look forward to seeing your projects. Pays to shop around and like
the idea of it being under cover.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Texcaster

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#2 posted 08-09-2016 11:53 PM

Good job. I thought this would be about wood stoves, I just joined that club.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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NSBruce

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#3 posted 08-10-2016 12:19 AM



Looks like you have made a nice set up Bruce. Look forward to seeing your projects. Pays to shop around and like
the idea of it being under cover.

- Bob Collins


Hi Bob
Shopping around on Ebay takes some time but the pay back is great, I built the complete for under $100 Canadian $$, I think I have this one sold to the carving club, I have a second one waiting for pen cord and pen, Bruce

-- NSBruce

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NSBruce

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#4 posted 08-10-2016 12:25 AM



Good job. I thought this would be about wood stoves, I just joined that club.

- Texcaster


Hi Texcaster Welcome to Lumber Jocks This wood burner is used to make pictures as well as many other uses, I use it to create a line between areas on a carving where two colors meet to prevent one color running into the other. As you get more aquinted with all these terms you wanting a burner Bruce

-- NSBruce

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jwmalone

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#5 posted 08-10-2016 01:50 AM

Nice set up, I was all set to cuss you out, but different type of wood burner my mistake :)

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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NSBruce

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#6 posted 08-10-2016 03:32 PM


Nice set up, I was all set to cuss you out, but different type of wood burner my mistake :)

- jwmalone


Hi JW I guess I should have stated the wood burner was for doing pyrography art,iit is art all to its self,burning a design on wood or paper. I hope this clears this up Bruce

-- NSBruce

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ClaudeF

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#7 posted 08-10-2016 09:41 PM

Nice work, Bruce! Does the plastic container allow heat to escape from the transformer without building up?

Claude

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putty

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#8 posted 08-10-2016 09:49 PM

I know its nice to make your own tools, but for 100.00 couldn’t you buy a nice burner? I bought one for my wife that came with a power supply and different tips, nice wood box for about the same amount.

-- Putty

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NSBruce

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#9 posted 08-10-2016 09:50 PM

Hi Claude I haven’t not noticed any great amount of heat build up, I am going drill some vent holes in the side of the box, I have been running it with the top not fastened down, thanks for having a look Bruce

-- NSBruce

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NSBruce

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#10 posted 08-10-2016 09:59 PM



I know its nice to make your own tools, but for 100.00 couldn t you buy a nice burner? I bought one for my wife that came with a power supply and different tips nice wood box for about the same amount.

- putty


Hi Putty I could of bought one in the USA for about $100 US$$, add another 30 % for the difference in the Canadian $$, plus add in the shipping charge of $30 US$ , I think I have a unit for a saving of more then $60 US$ . Thanks for looking in on my burner Bruce

-- NSBruce

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putty

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#11 posted 08-10-2016 10:36 PM

Man, it wasn’t long ago that the Canadian and American dollar were about equal! Nice savings and probably built with better components.

-- Putty

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NSBruce

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#12 posted 08-10-2016 11:31 PM

Hi Putty

I don’t know about better components, I think everything in there was made in China, even the transformers that i bought from Allied Electronics Canada were made in China. I bought most everything else on Ebay and it was shipped from China

Bruce

-- NSBruce

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jwmalone

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#13 posted 08-11-2016 01:52 AM

NSbruce, Think about this ive read what you said about burning a line so paint doesn’t bleed. What I want to do is on solid wood panels Layout a geometrical design (quilt block) and instead of painting it stain it with different colors. This works in my head. I make a lot of stuff for quilters. You think a regular 15 dollar wood burner would work all I’m doing is the thin straight line.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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NSBruce

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#14 posted 08-11-2016 03:15 AM

Hi Jw

In my opinion the $15 burner is too frustrating to use if you are doing a lot of lines, they don’t get hot enough. I would recommend you look at buying a Colwood Cub , gregdorrance.com has them on sale, buy a few different tips,like two sizes of skew tips maybe a writer tip, likely get it all for under $100 US
Hope this helps.
The cheap burners are a more like a soldering iron , not hot enough for what you plan to do with them
Bruce

-- NSBruce

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jwmalone

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#15 posted 08-11-2016 03:02 PM

Thanks bruce.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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