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TJ65

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1654 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing

Have just finished, what I think, is a work of art, on my behalf anyway. As it is a gift for a neighbour I would like to sign the bottom.
Now, I have thought of the pyrography tool and practiced a little with it, but like all wood it has a grain. Which means it’s not real smooth when using the pyrography tool, ( I dont want to wreck the piece by making a mess of my name) and since I intend to to many other projecst with all different types of wood I would like to know- how you sign the bottom of a project?
I was even thinking of scrolling a template out of metal & heating it up so that it buned into the wood but didn’t know if that would work out.

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/


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bigike

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#1 posted 1654 days ago

rockler has a branding iron and you can get you name put on it, or you can just use the pyro. tool you have and just do your initials (TJ65) or something small like that so you dont make a mess. I never used the pyro. tools but if it’s anything like a soldering iron i would just go very slow and draw it out first as best as ican with pencil or pen.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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Rustic

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#2 posted 1654 days ago

or just use a sharpie marker

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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hObOmOnk

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#3 posted 1654 days ago

I use a Sharpie or a woodburning pen to sign my initials and the year as a Roman Numeral, e.g.:
rg mmx

-- 温故知新

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8iowa

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#4 posted 1654 days ago

When my son-in-law took a segmented bowl turning class at the Marc Adams school, someone asked the instructor, noted artist Malcom Tibbets, where they could obtain a “stamp” to identify their work.

Tibbets answer was a sharp rebuke, “Artists sign their work”!

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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RandyMarine

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#5 posted 1654 days ago

I have found branding works, but it takes practice and a verywell prepped area.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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stefang

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#6 posted 1654 days ago

You can sign your name on a piece of smooth tape or thickish paper, then tape it onto the bottom and trace over it with your woodburner (don’t start a fire!). You might want to practice this on scrap before you do the final. As mentioned above, it’s also great to sign with a permanent ink marker with an appropriate sized point.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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KMJohnson

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#7 posted 1654 days ago

Good information.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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ellen35

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#8 posted 1654 days ago

I just use a $5 woodburner that I got in the bargain aisle at a craft store… put my initials and the year someplace inconspicuous… bottom of something. No 2 initials look alike! Just make sure it is hot enough on the first try.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Sawkerf

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#9 posted 1654 days ago

I use a Sharpie to initial and date (month & year) a project in an inconspicuous place. I sometimes add some notes about the stain/finish. Hopefully, that would help someone do touchup or refinishing someday.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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createncarve

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#10 posted 1654 days ago

I decided to do something a little different….
I found a place that makes wooden business cards. They offer them in a variety of woods and the printing in color.
I came up with a logo (but a signature would work just fine) and had them printed on the business
cards (you could probably get them printed 2-up or even 4-up (2 – 4 logos per card) if you wanted smaller ones.
I made a jig that allows me to remove just enough wood from my project (in an inconspicuous place) and then I glue in the wooden card. You could probably get away with not insetting the card, but I think it makes it look a little better.
I got my cards from: http://www.cardsofwood.com/
Great people to work with.

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Peter Oxley

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#11 posted 1654 days ago

Here’s another vote for the Sharpie.

-- http://www.peteroxley.com -- http://north40studios.etsy.com --

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Mogebier

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#12 posted 1654 days ago

I’m with them, I just use a Sharpie.

-- You can get more with a kind word and a 2 by 4, than you can with just a kind word.

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Brad_Nailor

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#13 posted 1654 days ago

I want to get a custom logo branding iron myself…..people can just sand a sharpie signature right off..or it could wear off also..

-- http://www.facebook.com/pages/DSO-Designs/297237806954248

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SnowyRiver

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#14 posted 1653 days ago

I use a combination of branding irons and a woodburning pen. I burn the name of my shop and my initials with the branding iron and I use the pen to burn the date. I was watching the late Sam Maloof one day on TV and he had some kind of heated pen and he was signing the bottom of a chair. It looked like it worked really well. If I hadnt saw the smoke coming off the wood, I would have thought it was a ink pen. It almost looked like the tip of a soldering gun. I would like to know what he was using.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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DaddyZ

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#15 posted 1653 days ago

Made my own brand irons(Dowel & coat hanger heated with torch), I also use an alphabet punch set.
In a inconspicuous place, Under a table, inside a cabinet, etc.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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