Wood Burning Straight Edges

We've all been there, new apartment in need of decorating. So I decided to make my very own unique artwork. I thought that my initial 'M' would be a good start, but creating straight lines seemed to be fairly difficult with the torch. So I thought that using a piece of sheet metal could solve this dilemma.

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Step 1: Supplies

The supplies for this project are pretty simple:

  • Wood
  • Scrap piece of sheet metal
  • Wood burning torch of some sort
  • Bunsen Burner lighter
  • (2) Clamps
  • pencil

Step 2: Draw Out Your Design

Using the pencil, sketch out your desired pattern.

Step 3: Burn Baby Burn

Align the sheet metal scrap with the pencil line and clamp it down. Light the torch! Then slowly move it back and fourth along the wood and vary the height until you find your sweet spot, mine was roughly 1/4 inch away.

After you finish the edge you can move the sheet metal to another edge and repeat.

**Make sure you are in a well ventilated area**

If you want, you can also use a finer tip and add more details for a more artistic look, but I prefer the rugged look of my completed piece. Have fun and make it your own!

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