One common way to add istinctive details to turned wood projects is to use a wire to burn
in a line. The folks at Easy Wood Tools
have come up with a basic kit with
everything you need to simplify this
The Easy Wire Burning Kit comes
with two maple handles with metal
loop hooks and nine wires in a variety
of lengths and gauges for different
applications. All the wires have color-coded ends so you can quickly tell them
apart, with red being .016 inch, white
.020-inch, and blue .026-inch. All the
gauges are supplied in three lengths.
6-inch wires are recommended for small
turnings such as pens and spindles. The
9-inch wires work best for medium-size
handles, spindles and projects like pepper mills. The longest length, 18 inches,
is suggested for larger turned work such
as bowls and platters.
Simple to use
For best results, locate where you want
to burn a line first and use another
tool to turn a slight groove there
to help the wire find the right location and stay there while it heats up
and burns in. With your chosen wire
mounted to the handles, you just hold
the wire to the spinning wood with
moderate pressure. Friction does the
work, generating a surprising amount
of heat in a short time. In fact, be
warned you’ll see some smoke and the
wire is very hot, so be careful of touching or where you put it down (not in a
pile of wood shavings!).
With a little practice, I found it sim-
ple to create repeatable burn lines in
maple and birch tool handle stock. The
kit runs about $50 and has everything
you need to add burned detail lines to
your turning. For more information
visit www.easywoodtools.com. ;
by William Sampson
email@example.com IN THE SHOP
Wire burning for turning made easy
Easy Wood Tools kit makes it simple to add decorative burn lines to wood turnings.
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William Sampson is a lifelong
woodworker and the editor of FDMC
The Easy Wood Tools Easy Wire
Burning Kit comes with two handles
and nine quick-connect wires in various
sizes and gauges.
Burning lines is fast. First use a detail tool to mark a slight groove for the wire to ride
in, then hold the wire by the handles a few seconds until it heats up by friction to
burn in the lines.