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Forum topic by ChrisCarr posted 01-05-2011 04:43 AM 10605 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-05-2011 04:43 AM

I am making a simple sign to go on my front door that says my family’s last name. I want to burn the letters into the wood. Would a simple soldering iron like below work? .........

If the one in that link is good do I need a special tip?

I don’t want to spend much as I guess I won’t be using this tool again very much, only if i need burnt-in writing on furniture.

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 05:23 AM

(1) I think you will wait a long time for this iron to get hot enough to burn wood and it may never get hot enough.

(2) There are regular wood burning kits available. You will probably pay between $20 and $30.

(3) Even with a good kit it will be hard to do neat, good looking lettering without a lot of practice.

(4) If this is a one time situation, consider taking the wood to an engraver who would do a laser engraving for you. It will look very nice and will probably cost around $20.

I made a baseball bat as a Christmas gift this year. I wanted to put the recipients initials on the bat and I picked up a wood burning kit. I started to practice on some scrap wood and quickly realized that it will take me MANY hours to get good enough to do some nice lettering. I went to an engraver and got a great result. You can see it in my projects on this site.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 05:35 AM

I would pick up a cheep carving set from HF, Lowes, or HD and do a little carving. Them maybe a mini torch and torch the letters. You may find more of a use for the carving knives and torch. Just my 2 cents.

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