I called a local welding shop and had them cut out metal letters. The letters were 1.25 inches tall and made from 1/8th stock. The shop charged me $1.50 per letter. For the rod we bought ¼ inch cold rolled square stock. The cost of this was $.44 per foot. For the grip I used some scrap wood my grandpa gave me.The total cost per brand with one letter was right at $2.00. I couldn’t find anything online for less than $40. 00 that had as much handmade detail.
Step 1: The Metal Work
Next we mig welded the letters to the bar stock. This part is very straight forward. The hardest part is trying not to put any letters backwards.
After all the letters were welded we reheated the brand irons. Red hot and dropped them into a drywall pan full of cooking oil. This process was to clean, temper and season the metal.
Step 2: The Wood and Epoxy
For the last part we drilled a 3/8 hole in the end of the handle and epoxied the rod in the handle. After the epoxy dried we were all done. We tested a few our and I was very happy with how they turned out. I’m sure they will make nice manly gifts.
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