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Forum topic by longleaf posted 06-04-2013 07:37 AM 1640 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2013 07:37 AM

Hope chest guestbook
We are renewing our vows for our 10 year anniversary. Instead of a guest book I am making a hope chest out of pecan. I’m going to take the lid off and have people sign the underside. I will be staining the wood and then having people sign it. Was wondering what type of marker or pen they should sign with. I want the signatures to last. I would hate to go through all of this work and ruin the chest or the signatures. Any ideas would be great. I only have 4 days so think fast. thanks

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#1 posted 06-04-2013 04:17 PM

I would recommend, Sanford ‘SHARPIE’ fine point permanent markers.

I would also suggest that you finish a scrap piece of your pecan with the same stain and finishing product and test the markers to be sure that they will produce the ‘signature’ results you are looking for.

There are also ‘Paint Pens’ available at office supply stores that you may want to consider. the way, Congratulations on 10 years of wedded bliss. ;-)

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 06-04-2013 04:25 PM

as my father used to say. i would hate to hang that long. but that was him. glad you made it 10 years and hope there are many more decades to come.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#3 posted 06-07-2013 03:04 AM

My suggestion would be that you try a furniture touch up marker for the signatures. These are compatible with most finishes. I would seal the wood first with something like shellac, lacquer or waterborne. Let the guests do their thing, and then let the signatures dry for a couple of days. Next, spray on a top coat of lacquer or waterborne finish to seal in the ink. I definitely suggest that you spray on the top coat to avoid the risk of disturbing the signatures. The touch up markers have the advantage of being available in a variety of wood tones. As mentioned above, test the both the markers and the finish that you intend to use on a scrap piece of wood to ensure compatibility. Congratulations on your anniversary. Best wishes.

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