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doubleDD

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06-26-2013 12:44 AM

Hey LJ’s, I am working on the lathe with a new project and would like to know if there is a easy way to put a 1/4’’ or larger burn line ( band )on it. I use a wire all the time making thin lines but what about anything wider? Any help would be welcomed. Thanks Dave

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams


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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 06-26-2013 12:54 AM

What if you used a 1/4” wide band and held it in a shallow groove made by a parting tool? the run the lathe up real fast and see if it burns it full width.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-26-2013 01:04 AM

Hey Jim, I used a 1/4’’ parting tool for the groove and tried a 1/4’’ bar for the burn, but didn’t work well. That’s what I looking for is a flexible band of something with enough strength to do it.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#3 posted 06-26-2013 01:15 AM

Did you use the edge of the parting tool with the lathe at high speed. I have a 1/8” parting tool, and if I don’t leave room for the edges it will burn.

-- *Arachnoleptic Fit*: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidently walked through a spider web.

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 06-26-2013 01:23 AM

Jimbo, yes That was my first idea to use the edge of the parting tool. At 2600 rpm it would give me a small burn on either side but the center gets a shine to it.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#5 posted 06-26-2013 02:36 AM

Doing it the way you have there is little contact surface and a whole lot of heat sink. use a thin strip of material that will partially wrap the work. Hang on and be careful how much you wrap! it will grab if there is a lot of pitch! use a piece of strapping split in half lengthwise. don’t grab directly on to the strap possibly use a vise grip on the far end. the strap is stiff enough that it wont wrap on its own if it gets away from you.

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 06-26-2013 02:51 AM

Hi REO. Are you referring to the strapping on large cartons or pallets as they use for shipping ? That sounds like that might work.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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mpax356

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#7 posted 06-26-2013 03:42 AM

You might be better off with painting or dying a band. You could use a strip of oily exotic wood but you probably will not get the smooth band you are looking for.

-- MPax, Atlanta

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#8 posted 06-26-2013 09:50 AM

I paid lot less for woodburning kit like this several years ago still thinking about becoming a fine artist one day. Really, think can do more damage with a pencil torch.

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-- Bill

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bondogaposis

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#9 posted 06-26-2013 12:26 PM

I think this is most often done w/ a small torch like this one.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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doubleDD

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#10 posted 06-26-2013 01:23 PM

MPax. Bill, Bondo, these are all good ideas. I may have to experiment and try them. MPax, I have painted stripes on turnings before, works well, just trying to do it more traditional. Bondo, Bill, will try these methods if 1/4’’ thin band strip as others have mentioned doesn”t work.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Jimbo4

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#11 posted 06-26-2013 03:59 PM

Dave – What about a thin strip of cane or bamboo ?

Edit: Wait! My synapses just reconnected! Forget the above material, it will probably catch fire! ;o(

-- *Arachnoleptic Fit*: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidently walked through a spider web.

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Shawn Masterson

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#12 posted 06-26-2013 11:18 PM

I use Brazilian cherry ripped to the desired width and rounded like a bead moulding. I would imagine any hard wood would work, the harder the better.

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Gopher

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#13 posted 06-27-2013 02:31 AM

Small samples of formica or corian work great, just stack them to width and hold tight and turn fast. Neat trick. try it.

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doubleDD

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#14 posted 06-27-2013 03:12 AM

Shawn, your saying wood on wood should burn it, worth a try. Gopher, I see your point about the edges of formica, sound like a neat trick, may have to try it. Hope to try some of these posted tips tomorrow.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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mtenterprises

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#15 posted 06-27-2013 10:46 AM

Yes the wood on wood will work, fire by friction my friend. You may have to support the back side of your project as you press a piece of end grain hardwood on to it but you can get wide burns this way. And yes you can have a fire if you get a bit over exuberant so clean away all your chips.
MIKE

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