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Forum topic by BigMig posted 12-16-2012 02:11 AM 1491 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2012 02:11 AM

I’m giving a few handmade gifts this season and I’m wondering if I should mark/sign them (seems conceited). What do you do and how do you do it? Initials, year, full name, etc.

WHat do you do and why?

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 02:21 AM

I use a Sharpie. For gifts, I personalize it in a non-visible area. On all, I put a date, my name, and species. Who knows, maybe someday an antique collector will give it more value and write about my work in books! And maybe I will win the lottery someday!

-- Mike

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 02:26 AM

I burn my logo and name on all my projects in a concealed place. I use an electric brand that I bought online. They can be customized with anything you want.

-- Brett

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 02:36 AM

I generally don’t mark mine, but a couple of gift boxes I wrote on the bottom a pleasant wish and signed my first name.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#4 posted 12-16-2012 08:19 AM

My stuff can always be recognized by the mistakes and blunders on it.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#5 posted 12-16-2012 09:42 AM

I’m with Paratrooper. I sign my work with a sharpie on the bottom of the box. Often I find myself working on several boxes at several stages at once, and it is tough to keep track of how many coats of poly I have applied to a box. First coat is tung oil…no marks. Second coat is wipe-on poly…no marks. Third coat is poly…sign name. Fourth coat is poly…add month / year to name. Fifth coat is wax no addition needed. With this system, I can look at the bottom and know exactly where I am in the finish process. The date and signature each get at least one coat of poly over them. It is nice to look at the bottom of some piece I have made and be surprised about when I made it. You should be proud enough of what you do to put your name on it.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 12-16-2012 02:19 PM

I like Boxguy’s idea.

Want to buy a brand.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-16-2012 02:27 PM

a couple of great threads in the past discussed this topic:

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#8 posted 12-16-2012 02:31 PM

I actually have 2 ways I do it, if so inclined…..I have some labels made up that I printed out on my puter…
They are just address labels, and a pdf file you fill in the information on….Like “Handcrafted by” and your name…...You could put any info on them, I suppose, but I find that is enough…..The other way is that I route or use a Forstner bit, and make a small, shallow circle the size of a penny, and glue in a penny with the year….Cut it deep enough for the penny to set flush before you apply finish… can hide them anywhere…...

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#9 posted 12-16-2012 02:45 PM

I use number stamps for the date.

I also have a propane torch heated brand, which has its place, as does a hand signature with Sharpie.

There are three reasons to sign your work: Your own feelings of completion, the respect you show to the owner/purchaser/client, and the ultimate questions of history: “How old is this and who made it?”

I think the species identification would be especially appropriate for the turners and boxmakers who do the multi-thing so dazzlingly.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#10 posted 12-16-2012 02:59 PM

I made a brand. I really like how it looks when done.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#11 posted 12-16-2012 02:59 PM

Hmmmm, I never have, but I may start now … since I’ve been “requisitioning” so many great build ideas from this site! My list of “Hey I wanna build one of those” grows every day that I come here. :-)

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#12 posted 12-16-2012 04:10 PM

I have a brand with my logo being made now. It’s electric.

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#13 posted 12-17-2012 12:56 AM

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 12-17-2012 02:24 PM

Never conceited or something. Everyone has to start somewhere.

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