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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 728 days ago

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

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#2 posted 728 days ago

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 728 days ago

Hidden signatures are the thing :)

I like to give the customer a hunt.

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#4 posted 728 days ago

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 728 days ago

Tough question. What’s a boy to do?

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#6 posted 728 days ago

Al that sounds good

Randy has the secret drawer as his signature

so that would be cool.

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#7 posted 727 days ago

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 727 days ago

Sign the bottom of the drawer…..

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#9 posted 727 days ago

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

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 727 days ago

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 713 days ago

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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#12 posted 713 days ago

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 712 days ago

Ahhh, oh yea… lol

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

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