Craftsman brand their work for identification purposes. In this article, we are going to give you a few tips on how to use a branding iron. First of all, it’s important to note that the use of a branding iron is pretty simple. All you need to do is heat it up and press it onto the wooden piece. This will leave a logo or signature on the piece. However, complications may occur, which may ruin your hard work. Let’s find out more.
Complications of using a Branding Iron
If you don’t apply the pressure evenly, the image will have some darker and lighter spots. It won’t create a problem in the case of logos and signatures in some types of work, but some jobs won’t be considered complete.
If you want to apply the branding freehand, we suggest that you put the wooden piece at your workbench height, bending forward and using the force of your arms to hold the iron and perform the branding.
Some people prefer a drill-press attachment. The reason is that it allows you to keep the piece at your eye level and repeat the process as many times as you want. Generally, it feels comfortable as well. Also, some woods give better results with different degrees of heat. In most cases, harder wood requires more heat than softer ones. In this case, you can hold the iron for a bit more time.
If you want to use a drill-press attachment, you can apply the iron once again for a better burn. You should hold the work piece in place and take a peek underneath the branding iron for better results. If you notice that the piece needs more heat, all you need to do is wait a little longer. In this case, you don’t want to make the mistake of moving the wooden piece.