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Forum topic by EPJartisan posted 10-02-2012 05:15 PM 2866 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-02-2012 05:15 PM

I got curious what everyone else did on here for signing their work.. so I searched and for some reason became interested in summarizing the findings: from every forum I could find in the search function, making sure tha I am not counting individuals twice, but also adding among multiple categories individuals who currently use multiple methods. Individuals who have changed methods are only counted in their current method category. I have included myself already under carved and stamped

As of : Oct 1, 2012 ~
Burner / Branding Iron ~ 20
Ink / Sharpie / Pen ~ 21
Carved / Etched / Stamped ~ 8
Stamped Ink / Laser Printer Iron-on (1)~ 4
Inlay (2) / Plaque (2) / Decal (2) / Penny ~ (4) ~ 8
Nothing ~ 3

The methods also seem to be:
Logo – mostly burning
Signature – mostly sharpie or pen
Date is most often not included in burning or carving, and most often in sharpie/pen and inlay.. the inlaid penny is a great idea I read in one string.

I also thought the essay.. I mean post (lol) by Mark A. DeCou in this forum string was great. I sign all of my work, because they are my legacy and I want to be remembered…so I take the time hand carve and (or get lazy and hand stamp) my logo onto my woodwork… logo and date onto all my art work.. but never my signature.. because if they have to remember my logo they will have to remember me.. else what is the point? if it works for silver smiths.. it works for me.

So if you have not posted what you do to sign your work.. please post and I will include you in the numbers above and change the date to most recent update. If you have already posted and want to share again (though I will double check names) if you would be so kind as to add “repost” in to your forum post. If not.. enjoy a bit of info about our LJ community. Thanks

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#1 posted 10-02-2012 05:33 PM

Usually I use a Sharpie, especially for small, oddly-shaped things like turnings. If I owned a logo burner, I would use it for furniture.

I try to sign all of my work, but occasionally forget if I’m in a rush to finish.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#2 posted 10-02-2012 05:55 PM

I use a woodburning iron to burn my signature in most of the things i make. I typically name the piece too.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 10-02-2012 06:24 PM

Name, town and date in pencil, somewhere inside a drawer or carcase.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 10-02-2012 07:37 PM

I use a Sharpie but I haven’t built anything to actually sell yet. If/when I build and sell, probably use a pencil or something less obvious but still evident.

-- Ben from IL

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#5 posted 10-02-2012 11:43 PM

I burn my own “stamp” on most o my stuff.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 10-03-2012 12:08 AM

Just picked up a woodburner from Michaels today to sign stuff with. With a 40% off coupon, it was only $18

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#7 posted 10-03-2012 12:10 AM

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 10-03-2012 01:15 AM

I don’t yet. I am trying to decide what I want exactly.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 10-03-2012 01:50 AM

I’m going to brand mine I have the design ready just need to bite the bullet and get it made.

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.

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#10 posted 10-03-2012 01:55 AM

Electric branding iron from Woodcraft with name, city and date.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 10-03-2012 05:35 AM

I use a “branding iron” (that my wife ordered for me from Lee Valley Tools) to put my name onto projects, and I use a penny to date the piece as shown in one of my projects at . . .
A 3/4” forstner bit will create a recess which is a perfect fit for a penny. For a full set of Coin-Sized Forstner Bits try . . .
It’s interesting to see the various methods being listed.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 10-03-2012 08:36 AM

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#13 posted 10-03-2012 11:45 AM

Here’s what I have been using on little projects here and there. Pretty cool, but then again I designed it so I should like it!

-- "(...) The archer ceases to be conscious of himself as the one who is engaged in hitting the bull's-eye which confronts him(...)"

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#14 posted 10-03-2012 11:52 AM

I will use both plaques and engraving for my pens once my hardware setup is done.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#15 posted 10-03-2012 11:53 AM

BTW maybe Martin could add some kind of pool stuff to ease stats like these :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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