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Forum topic by BlauSchuh posted 05-25-2012 03:20 AM 1460 views 3 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-25-2012 03:20 AM


although im new to the site, i thought I’d toss this out there for people interested in stamping a logo on their work… I’m interested in trading for tools, wood, whatever. any cool figured wood that i could use in guitar building would be cool, or really figured pen blanks or knife/gun grip scales, etc.

I machined some custom brands a while back out of Aluminum and they actually work pretty decent.

I started with 2” diameter round rod of 6061 AL about 2.5” long. I then machine out a ~1/16 wide ~1.8” diameter circular ring, and then machine out a design inside that. I could probably do a rectangular design as well. I then insert a cheapo (~$9) chinese made heating element through the side and I’m off to the races.

here is one of them…

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#1 posted 05-25-2012 04:19 AM

Interested! I sent you a PM.



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#2 posted 06-02-2012 01:19 PM

I made an aluminum brand years back, it did not hold up well, the heating and cooling cycles made it flake and crumble.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#3 posted 06-02-2012 03:23 PM

Yup , depending on the grade of Aluminum , it doesn’t usually hold up well to repeated cycles.
What do you use to apply pressure to the brand onto the wood ?

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#4 posted 06-02-2012 04:48 PM

I’ve used one of the brands about a hundred times, and no issues yet. I’d say it’s been through around 20 heating/cooling cycles. We’ll see how long it lasts. On that brand, there are some sections of the brand that are 20 thou thick and it seems to be holding up so far.

I’ve got a bunch of brass cutoffs here that I am going to start using, once I figure out how not to snap micro endmills off. Especially the < 0.0430 mills.

I use a drill press to get really even pressure. the other side of the brand has 1/4” threaded hole that I just chuck up using a threaded rod. 9-10 seconds of hold time produces pretty consistent results at low heat. Hand held results are pretty good too.

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#5 posted 06-02-2012 06:40 PM

Hi Everyone,

Here is a branding iron I made from shop scrap.

The brand is an A with a T inserted into it. I make toys and use Aeon Toys as a name for that.

It was a short chunk of 1-1/4×1-1/4 ID square tubing that I cut a piece of flat and inserted in the end. Then I welded it in place and ground it all smooth. I now had a blank flat area to work from. Being a mediocor welder (AT BEST) I tried to find someone to build my logo with weld; no luck. Being a full-scale tightwad on top of my other major faults, I kept the piece. Sometime in there I decided it needed a handle and welded a 1/4 by 1’ bolt to it thread side out. Then I welded a nut in to the end of a short piece of pipe. Now I have a removable handle to be improved someday!

It was still just a flat and still no luck on someone welding it up.

Somepllace in there I decided it could do the negative view and be easier to make. I used small grinders and files to finish it out to where it is. It takes a long time to heat with just a propane torch; but, then works for a few quick brands. It seems to stand up well, but does occassionaly need to be cleaned!

So you can also make your own, carefully fiiling or use a small electric grinder(dremel type) like I did.

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#6 posted 06-03-2012 02:18 PM

My homemade brand just used a square head bolt and cut away everything that didn’t belong with a dremel tool and cut off disks. Made it over 30 years ago.

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#7 posted 06-03-2012 02:18 PM

AT logo is close to something else I’ve seen-

As to my crumbling brand- I do not know what aluminum I used, that was many years ago. Probably just something I grabbed out of the scrap pile. I always used propane to heat it, might have lasted a lot longer if I mounted it with an electrical element, to aim for less heat/ longer time for impression.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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