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01-28-2017 09:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: branding iron

I got this great branding iron custom made by buckeye engraving:

It’s a big one, CNC engraved on a 1” thick chunk of brass. I went the cheap route and got the torch-heated model, then bought a 200W soldering iron off ebay and adapted it to fit.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 01-29-2017 01:37 AM

Badass. Bet it takes a minute to heat that chunk of brass.

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#2 posted 01-29-2017 02:16 AM

Thanks. It took a good 15 minutes before it was barely hot enough to burn. But it keeps its heat a long time, I guess good if I’m burning more than one thing, though I usually make one thing at a time.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 01-29-2017 02:25 AM

Pretty sweet. How much did that booger cost if you don’t mind me asking?

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#4 posted 01-29-2017 03:37 AM

It was $130. Their electric model was too steep for me, so I did it myself.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#5 posted 02-26-2017 06:57 AM

That is a pretty good deal. Did you send them a digital file they ran through the CNC or did you have to work with them to come up with a design? When you mounted the soldering iron, did you mount it perpendicular to the back or parallel with the badk? I ask ‘cause I am wondering if one orientation tor the other may make for a better heat transfer from the iron to the brass. I would think that one it got hot it could do a number of brands before it needed to be reheated again.

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#6 posted 02-26-2017 07:15 AM

Mark, I sent them a drawing of the logo I’d made (vector image file, made in inkscape). I guess the flat plane with the engraved logo is perpendicular to the soldering iron shaft. It was still hot enough to brand for like 10 minutes after unplugging. Serious thermal mass.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#7 posted 02-27-2017 04:54 PM

Sweet Allen! Looks great!

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