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Mar 17, 2024 - 3:23:35 AM
1212 posts since 2/2/2008

How do you control the heat for burning logos on your bridges?

I thought soldering iron?

I've been experimenting with a symbol instead of lettering

Mar 17, 2024 - 4:38:54 AM

6 posts since 4/16/2022

Thr banjo logo is great!!!!

Mar 17, 2024 - 4:46:23 AM

133 posts since 3/3/2008

I use an Omtech Polar CO2 laser.  You can get one of the diode lasers like the Ortur for a few hundred $ though.

Mar 17, 2024 - 5:36:01 AM
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1403 posts since 11/8/2014

I've made dies for burning on wood using a copper printing plate. After getting the plate etched, I cut out the symbol and silver solder it on a brass or steel rod. The rod with the symbol can then be heated up with a torch and pressed into the wood, burning the symbol into it. Here is one company that makes the plates for a very reasonable price. You can likely find someone local to do it for you. Supply them the image you want, and let them know how much you want it reduced on the plate, make sure to tell them to reverse the image you give them so it comes out the right size when you burn it from the copper plate onto the wood.

Edited by - rmcdow on 03/17/2024 05:36:38

Mar 17, 2024 - 6:29:14 AM

Bart Veerman


5707 posts since 1/5/2005
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Different styles/sizes of logos would have their own ideal temp so use a stopwatch and chart how long it takes to heat them up to come up with the right temp to "stamp" the wood as you go along. 

The burn logos on banjo bridges seem to have become a doctrine thing to do. It's OK to simply use a sharpie and scribble your name on them. A lot more impressive and automatically a designer bridge that 20 years from now no one has to guess who made it. You could also make a "logo" like the dot in the middle of my Dark Star and Archie bridges, these dots actually light up bright red when you shine a light thru it. Yup, talk about cool and, yeah, talk about that feeling like forever ago since I stopped making bridges :(

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Mar 17, 2024 - 7:31:28 AM
likes this

79678 posts since 5/9/2007

A design can be its own logo.


Mar 17, 2024 - 7:40:17 AM



984 posts since 8/13/2015

Wire a light dimmer switch into an extension cord.

Mar 17, 2024 - 11:44:01 AM

133 posts since 3/3/2008

I do really like the dot on the dark star and was thinking of something like it but stopped since I didn't want to infringe on someone else's design.

Mar 17, 2024 - 12:01:40 PM

15685 posts since 10/30/2008

I don't know if they still sell them, but when I was a kid my dad bought me a "wood burning" set. It's like a giant stout soldering gun, but heavier and designed to bear down into wood. I fooled with it a little, but my dad had a blast with it and got fairly talented.

Mar 17, 2024 - 2:31:34 PM

kat eyz


1177 posts since 10/1/2003

For the Snuffy bridges i have Snuffys original burner which looks like a wood burning kit burner That old timer mentioned . If iam doing a batch of 20 or more the repeated branding keeps the burner at a good temperature. If iam doing a single snuffy bridge i have a test block of maple wood i use to check the progress of the heat up process and do the brand when i like what i see on test block.. I do have a Glastar heat controller in the mix but dont control with it very often. For the last 8-10 years i have been using ink stamps on the Kat Eyz & Prowler bridges Its way cheaper and way faster than branding iron plus i just run to town and see the girls at a local print shop if i need another stamp and in about 4 days its in my mailbox. There book of kool logos and stuff is fun to look through for ideas too! Another great thing about ink stamp is if you mess up putting it on bridge just quickly wipe it off and try again . If iam making a custom weight snuffy bridge and i doof the branding i will be making another bridge cuzz when you sand off burnt in logo your past your final target weight .

Mar 17, 2024 - 4:31:33 PM

133 posts since 3/3/2008

I was making a few bridges today and shot a short video.

Edited by - euler357 on 03/17/2024 16:31:52

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