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Monte Pittman

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04-10-2014 05:44 PM

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I am ready to put the finish on a hope chest for a customer. They want to put the family brand on it with a hot iron. Myquestion is, do I put any ffinish on before they brand or just wait till after?

Thanks for reading.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 04-10-2014 05:50 PM

I would get it sanded, then brand it and do a light sanding of the area around the brand before finishing.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 04-10-2014 05:52 PM

I would wait until it was branded just to be safe. I would hate to have to re-due any of it because the heat did something to the finish.

Give us a pic when its done with what you ended up doing.

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#3 posted 04-10-2014 06:02 PM

Agree – brand first, finish last.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#4 posted 04-10-2014 06:03 PM

Unless it is an oil finish, I would brand first then finish it. There is always a sacrificial board to try it on.


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#5 posted 04-10-2014 06:47 PM

Where is the brand going? I agree with previous recommendations. You use serious finishes like epoxies? it would probably look terrible.

You might need to take the time to determine brands and where to put them as well. I’ve always figured my signature/brand would be on the bottom?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 04-10-2014 06:48 PM

It’s not my brand, it’s the customers brand.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 04-10-2014 06:55 PM

I agree with the other men. I usually sign all my work with initials and the date. Definitely works better to brand first then finish. It will even make the brand stand out more.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#8 posted 04-10-2014 07:46 PM

I always brand first. Then if something about the brand didn’t turn out, you simply sand it out and brand again. Sanding and refinishing is no fun.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#9 posted 04-10-2014 09:05 PM

i really dont know why people cant read and understand, im shaking my head…its a brand the customer wants on the piece, i say put there brand on first, then do the finish work, otherwise your going to literally burn the finish off and have to do it over .

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 04-10-2014 10:59 PM

I agree with grizzman

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 04-11-2014 12:56 AM

I think you have to brand before finishing. The hot brand will cook/bubble the finish otherwise.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 04-13-2014 05:43 AM

I’m not going to beat a dead horse with when to brand it, but I did want to comment and say that I think it’s pretty cool that they have their own brand and asked for it to be a part of their furniture. You got cool clients :)

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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#13 posted 04-30-2014 11:55 AM

I’ve done it both ways, but, I think it’s better to brand, then finish

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

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