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Quarter Size Cherry Quilt Chests #6: Installing a Makers-Mark

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Blog entry by David posted 06-28-2007 05:54 PM 3887 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This blog entry shows how I install the small (1 inch diameter x 3mm thick) brass Makers-Marks on my projects. I like the traditional feel that the labels give a project. I prefer painting the recess black so that when the label is installed there is a small subtle black reveal line around the outside edge. This is strictly personal preference.

This Installing a Makers Mark Tutorial is available as a PDF download on my website

I get my labels from a very kind chap in England – his contact information is below. Vidi makes a solid and a finely crafted product. I made my own artwork using Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop. I uploaded the artwork file via email. We sorted out a couple of design questions, basically agreeing to Vidi’s excellent suggestion of infilling the letters black and the tree green. The cost for 5 standard 1 inch brass infilled labels was approximately $36 (US). An excellent deal! My labels arrived by post 3 weeks later.

Makers-Marks • Traditional Bronze, Brass & Stainless Steel Labels

VIDI Visual Communication
1 Cross Lane, Kendal
Cumbria LA9 5LB England, UK

tel/fax: 01539 740 251 from abroad 0044 1539 740251

email: info@vidicomm.co.uk

I start by laying out the location for the Makers-Mark.
I use blue painter’s tape as a mask for painting the recess later in the process.

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A small awl helps to accurately locate the center.
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I use a 1 inch Forstner drill bit to cut the 3mm recess – I always set this up first on a scrap piece of lumber.
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After cutting the recess, I run my thumbnail around the perimeter to firmly seat the tape mask. Any slight paint leak has always cleaned up easily with a few passes of a cabinet scraper later in the finishing phases.
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I use a larger mask cut from a sheet of plastic coated freezer paper to protect the projetc from overspray – I am always very generous with this mask!

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I seal the recess with spray shellac and apply two coats of black spray paint.
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The recess of one of my two cherry quilt chests waiting for a brass Makers-Mark.
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I apply the Makers-Mark at the end of the project when I am installing fittings. The fine black reveal line is subtle, but I like the effect.
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Diane

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#1 posted 06-28-2007 05:58 PM

Sure is beautiful ;-).

Diane

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mot

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#2 posted 06-28-2007 06:02 PM

Just terrific, David! You’re planning and execution of detail is amazing!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 06-28-2007 06:16 PM

Really nice…makes a very professional presentation.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#4 posted 06-28-2007 06:16 PM

Mr. Pruett, how do you do it? You have time to document the fine work that you do and post it effectively on Lumberjocks! Thank you.

-- John

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#5 posted 06-29-2007 03:53 AM

And he has a pretty demanding non-woodworking job on top of it. Pretty amazing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 06-29-2007 03:59 AM

Thanks for sharing your process. I agree that the slight hint of black around the Maker’s mark really makes it stand out.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 03-04-2010 01:20 PM

David,

Just curious. Do you rely on a ‘press fit’ or do you apply also apply an adhesive to secure the medalian?

Rat.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#8 posted 03-04-2010 03:50 PM

Rat -

It looks like there might be a press fit, in reality not so much. The adhesive is the main holding power.

David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#9 posted 01-24-2012 02:02 PM

when I seen this blog about Makers Mark, I thought it was gonna be about the bourbon that is made right here in my neck o the woods… lol very good idea on the mark of the maker David

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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