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Forum topic by Jonathan posted 01-15-2013 05:09 AM 545 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jonathan

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01-15-2013 05:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: branding iron

I have had a branding iron for about 2-years now. I bought it from Rockler. The branding iron plate is 2-1/4”-wide. I just got my first lathe and started turning on it yesterday. I decided to turn a bowl for my first project on the lathe. I also have a Supernova 2 chuck, so I decided to mount the bowl blank on the Woodworm screw for the initial turning. I have turned the outside of the bowl and plan to turn the inside of the bowl in the next couple of days. Instead of turning a spigot/tenon at the base of the bowl, I created a dovetail recess to mount the bowl on the chuck in expansion mode.

Teknatool recommends a 50-60mm/2-2.5-inch opening for the jaws to grip the work piece, emphasizing that the closer to 50mm/2-inches, the better. The recess I created is 2-1/16”. The way in which I shaped the bowl necessitates this size of opening. In addition, I’d like future openings to be similar in size so as to maximize the surface area gripped by the chuck, as per the Teknatool instructions.

My question is whether or not it makes any difference in operation of the branding iron, if I were to essentially take about 1/8” off of both the left and right sides of the iron, bringing the width down to 2-inches? In addition, I’d like to slightly round over the corners to enable the iron to fit into a circular recess that the chuck fits into, securing the work piece to the chuck, as I’d like to use the branding iron to sign/embellish the recess of future turned pieces.

Has anyone made a similar modification to a branding iron, or have any information on how the suggested modification would or would not change the performance of the branding iron?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."


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crank49

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 05:36 AM

Rockler sells several different branding irons.

Many are offered as torch heated or electric.

Which one you have?

If you don’t change the gas flow (for torch heated) or cut into the heating element (for electric) the loss of a little bit of mass around the outer edge should not mess it up.
You are talking about a reduction of 12%.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 05:51 AM

Michael, thanks for your response, and sorry I didn’t clarify on the points you mentioned. The branding iron is electric. And the only part I’m talking about modifying is the plate itself, and I am assuming the electrical components are in-line with the shaft, without protruding into the horizontal axis of the branding iron plate.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 01:19 AM

I have the same one you do. I’d give Rockler a call. You can sometimes find someone that knows for sure but I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t since the heating element is attached directly to you name plate everywhere on it.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 01-16-2013 01:33 AM

Got busy at work and forgot to update this earlier today. I ended up using my Ridgid oscillating sander to very lightly sand down the sides of this to within about 1/16” of the outer letters of my name, as well as rounding over the corners a bit. I have not yet plugged it in to use it since making this modification, but I doubt I’ll notice any difference in performance since I tend to only brand one item at a time, so any loss of mass that would produce less of a heat sink will likely go unnoticed. If I do notice any difference, I’ll certainly come back here and post about it. If anything, I’d think the iron would reach optimal branding temperature slightly quicker since there’s less mass/metal to bring “up to heat”.

Thanks for the input!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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