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Blackie_

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07-24-2012 07:32 PM

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Howdy Lumberjocks

I should know the answer to this but I thought why not ask here, I have a request from a new customer to build a custom Valet box for her husband it’s an Anniversary gift she sent me a discription of what she wants engraved on the bottom, normally on the bottom is where I sign my name and date, The valet box will have a 3 open trays on top with two pull out drawers, so what would you do in this instance?

1.Pick another place on the box to sign?
2. Sign the bottom only on other side from engraving?
3. Not sign at all?

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PurpLev

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#1 posted 07-24-2012 07:35 PM

sign another place (inside of lid or back of box)

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 07:36 PM

Guess I would try to find another place on it to sign. Makes it more valuable to them down the road :-)

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 08:26 PM

Hidden signatures are the thing :)

I like to give the customer a hunt.

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Boxguy

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#4 posted 07-24-2012 08:59 PM

Blackie,

It is a bit of a quandary because I don’t know what she wants on the bottom and how you sign your name. However, it sounds like signature and personal, sentimental message might be a conflict, so I would rule out the bottom signature. How about signing the bottom of one of your drawers or at the bottom of the secret drawer?

I sign and date my work on the bottom board, but I also know it is really something I do for me and not the client. In the end, a commissioned work is different. It is actually owned by the client from the start, so pick another place for your signature.

That is the best reasoning I can suggest this evening. Thanks for posing such an interesting problem.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 07-24-2012 09:04 PM

Tough question. What’s a boy to do?

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Jamie Speirs

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#6 posted 07-24-2012 09:05 PM

Al that sounds good

Randy has the secret drawer as his signature

so that would be cool.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 07-24-2012 09:31 PM

Thanks a ton all, I’ll pick one of the drawers for my signature. Al you are right the bottom seemed a bit out of place, what she’s wanting me to put on the box is in reference to their Anniversary very sentimental and should be display where he can see it in view. She requested it on the bottom so that’s where I’ll put it.

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#8 posted 07-24-2012 09:48 PM

Sign the bottom of the drawer…..

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#9 posted 07-24-2012 11:07 PM

Is there not enough room for the engraving and your signature? If not, sign the bottom of the drawer that comes out… but do sign and date it…............Jim

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#10 posted 07-24-2012 11:59 PM

Couldn’t the engraving that she want’s be done on the inside of the lid?? If so, then you could still put yer mark on the bottom….. This just popped in my head: if there is a handle of some sort to open the lid, why not on the underside of it??? Jus my 2-cents

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#11 posted 08-08-2012 03:56 PM

Roger,

Randy’s box does not have a lid. The top has three open trays, then there are two drawers. I believe this is the box.

Herb

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Blackie_

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#12 posted 08-08-2012 04:08 PM

Actually Herb the one in question is this one Mens Bandsaw Valet Box Walnut and Maple I do plan on venturing into lidded boxes though but for now I’m having fun making these and they are selling :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#13 posted 08-08-2012 10:47 PM

Ahhh, oh yea… lol

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

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