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Monte Pittman

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333 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: resource tip question

I want to start marking my products with a logo. I am leaning towards a branding iron versus an ink stamp. However, I decided to ask before I commit.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability


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Dallas

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#1 posted 333 days ago

Monte, In a lot of wood ink stamps will bleed badly. Once you learn how to use the branding iron, you get an almost perfect image every time. Yes there is a learning curve to the brand, but I’ll give you one hint… don’t use a standard propane torch.
I learned to use my hot plate. It’s cheaper, more reliable and gives you a nice image.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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grizzman

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#2 posted 333 days ago

good idea monte, i think if i were going to invest in a way to mark my projects and had the money, i would go branding iron, for some reason it seems to be more permanent…thats my 2 cents

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Dallas

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#3 posted 333 days ago

Branding irons aren’t that expensive.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Blackie_

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#4 posted 333 days ago

Monte, do you make your logo’s visible or do you hide them somewhere on the piece? I don’t do logo per say but I do sign all of my work via a wood burning tool made by Colwood.

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 333 days ago

Branding is my preference. Just thought I would see if anyone has a better idea.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#6 posted 333 days ago

Dallas, it caught my interest that you use a hotplate. Please forgive my ignorance, but what kind of hotplate? I use a torch and hate doing so. Thanks.—Den

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knotscott

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#7 posted 333 days ago

I chose ink because branding would have been more than 10x the cost, which I couldn’t justify for my needs. I apply stamp prior to the clear coat and have had excellent results. Cost was ~ $8.

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Loco

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#8 posted 333 days ago

That’s a nice logo Scott but 30 years down the road somebody sands out the scratches and it’s hasta luego
———————-S H OP OF
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———————dcra

The leather stamp guys can custom make you one. Specify DEEP imprint. One bam with a hammer and you’d have to use a planer to remove it.
The metal guys make them too but my kit was $250 due to the steel used and heat treat to make it harder than a padre at a Cub Scout Jamboree !

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#9 posted 333 days ago

I use the laser engraved plates with the adhesive backing. Like them alot. The glue is great and they will practically pull the wood fibers off before becoming undone.
They have different sizes and colors.
I have an electric branding iron and never use it anymore… found it to be inconsistent …especially when using different types of woods…even after practicing on many pieces of scrap. The branded name is not coming off…but that also can be a disadvantage if it gets improperly branded.
I remember seeing someones work in a gallery in Fredricksburg, Texas that was nice, and when I picked it up and looked at the bottom it had 3 attempted brandings on it and only one was complete.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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SirFatty

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#10 posted 333 days ago

I have a plug-in iron type… it works, but there is a learning curve for sure. And since I don’t make a lot of projects (just a few a year) then I have to practice a few times on a scrap piece first.

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Dallas

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#11 posted 333 days ago

Denco, I use just a standard kitchen electric hot plate. It will reach 500° or more with no problem in just a few minutes.

My branding iron is this one: Branding Iron

From http://www.brandnew.net

I got it for $59+ shipping, but I see they are up to $65 now.

Great people to work with, they called me twice to re-confirm what I wanted on it and which model.

Here is my forum topic: My new Toy!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Roger

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#12 posted 333 days ago

I have used a burning iron to put (my logo), I’ll call it. One o these days, I hope to get a branding iron made with my idea, as long as it is not too much $$$, and not too big. Good luck with what you decide. I’ll be followin along.

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DKV

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#13 posted 333 days ago

Do a small inlay of some sort and that becomes your maker’s mark. I use a quarter inch square of ebony somewhere on the piece. Not your everyday, average brand or stamp. Could be very cool and shows you’re not just part of the crowd.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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Woodendeavor

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#14 posted 333 days ago

I wanted a makers mark and ordered a stamp to make an impression of my mark
http://www.columbiamt.com/store/R-Buster_Hand_Stamps.html

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DKV

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#15 posted 333 days ago

Buy one of these…

Buy 50 of these for twenty bucks…

Inlay to your finished product. Branding and stamping is so cowboy.

-- 2014 will be a different year...at least for me it will.

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