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Using the Woodburning Tool


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The woodburning tool is used to engrave designs into the wood. To get more comfortable with it you should practice burning designs on a scrap piece of wood before starting any real projects.

When you are ready to start your project make sure to purchase all the necessary things on the shopping list mentioned below.

Make sure the wood you have chosen to work with is clean and free of any rough edges. Sand it lightly with the 100 and then 200 grit sandpaper. Dust off the board and you are good to go!

Shopping List

  • Woodburning iron and tips (The iron should have a listed wattage of about 21 watts)
  • Pliers (to remove tips)
  • Pen or pencil
  • Eraser (white)
  • Wood (basswood, sugar pine, butternut ect.)
  • Fine grade sandpaper
  • Wood sealer (optional)
  • Finish; acrylic (polyurethane) satin finish
  • Brushes
  • Graphite paper
  • Masking tape
  • Oil colored pencils (optional)
  • Pattern

Preparing a Work Space
Find a place in the house or garage where you can set up your materials in safety. (Remember the burner will get very hot and can be a danger to children).

  • Place a tile or another non burning material to set your wood burner on top of. You should make sure that your work space is free of any materials that might get in your way.
  • You should invest in a stand to rest the burner on when not in use. One is usually provided with the burning tool but can be a little flimsy.
  • Set down your tips for easy access.

The burning tip will usually heat up to somewhere between 600 and 900 degrees so be very careful when handling it. Once you begin to burn you will notice a residue build up on the tip, this can be removed by simply pulling the tip over a piece of fine grit sand paper. This build up is a result of carbon residue and is very normal. If it isn’t wiped away it could make your design or picture look messy so it’s important to get rid up of any carbon residue as you notice it starting to form.

Woodburner Tip Functions

  • The tip has many functions and can be used for different purposes.
  • The sharp chiseled edge of the tip can be used to make fine light lines.
  • The tip’s point is great for making dotted patterns and textures.
  • The side is used mainly for shading areas.

Changing Tips
Caution should be used when changing one tip for another. Brass tips soften when heated up and threading can be damaged if removed when the tip is still hot. Allow the tip to completely cool down before removing at all times!