Walnut Name Tags

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Project by DustyNewt posted 12-03-2008 01:41 AM 1766 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a new product I am developing. The letters are kind of abstract. I haven’t worked out all the letters, shapes and combinations yet, but I am excited about it. These names are little bigger round than a No.2 Ticonderoga pencil. Pretty close to the blade work. I use my Model 93 scroll saw. They are half the size of my keychains.

I can see these in use as pet tags, zipper pulls, pins and jewelry. They measure 1/4” thick by 5/16” wide. The seven letter name “Weasley” you see in the pictures is only 2.375 inches long.

I have some purpleheart and rosewood too. Hmm…

I could use some honest feedback on what you think of these.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#1 posted 12-03-2008 01:48 AM

That some very intricate work. They look nice and at that size, I can see where they could be used as you expect. Can you make them quickly enough to make them profitable?

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 12-03-2008 01:51 AM

Very cool idea. If you have kids send your kids to school with them on and all the kids will want them.

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#3 posted 12-03-2008 01:54 AM

That’s bi-focal work there. They look great, Scott.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#4 posted 12-03-2008 02:20 AM

Very nice, good idea for stocking stuffers.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#5 posted 12-03-2008 03:32 AM

What a great idea !!!! Intricate work and I agree with Douglas, that’s bi-focal work.

What kind of finish are you going to put on them?

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 12-03-2008 05:36 AM

Knew a guy who used to make ones like these but larger. We used them as a fund raiser in highschool. The kids loved them. I think the smaller ones are an even better idea, if like it was said above you can do them fast enough to make it turn a profit.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#7 posted 12-03-2008 12:14 PM

Thank you all for commenting.

Doug – I am looking for one of those large, lit magnifying glasses to help save my eyes. That WITH my bifocals might be enough. LOL

Russel – They take about 15 minutes each, start to finish, twice as long to make as my keychains. The three step sanding process (150, 220, 320 grits) is about half that time, and I figure if they can make it through that unbroken they should be strong enough for use.

majeagle1 – The ones pictured are finished with Krylon crystal clear, but I think linseed oil and wax or shellac would probably be better for items that might stay in contact with skin (or fur) if they are used for jewelry.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#8 posted 12-03-2008 01:32 PM

15 minutes! That’s a good turnaround. I can see where they could be very popular, and almost be done “while you wait”. If it were me, I’d definitely be getting one of the magnifying lights.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 12-03-2008 04:47 PM

I agree with what every one has said BUT i find that the first two letters which I assume after looking atyour key chains, are ‘J’ & ‘U’ are not really readable. If the are as I mentioned then I can’t see it and If they are not then I can’t see any other letters either.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#10 posted 12-03-2008 05:29 PM

Thank you rtb, for answering the question that I was about to ask on the third item that is in the first two pictures . I guess if my name was Julie , I would have seen it right away .
Dustynewt , These are awesome trinkets and I think you will do well as soon as you recreate the alphabet to accommodate the limitations of your scroll saw ….and keep your fingers intact !....Keep up the nice work : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 12-03-2008 07:19 PM

Very nice work, I would like to know the letters or Stencils they use at the Fairs with the Acrylic Colors on the 1/2” Stock they use to make the Key chains.


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#12 posted 12-04-2008 11:49 AM

rtb & Dusty56,
I am working on the alphabet. The letters are still a little too abstract. The trick is to cut them so they won’t break easily and still be readable. I’ll get it. Thanks for the input.

The keychains I cut are all freehand.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#13 posted 05-22-2010 04:46 AM

Those are NICE. I could see these being sold at ski resorts, pull down for your jacket, windbreaker etc. easier to grab with your gloves on. Boating, hiking, any sporting goods store.

-- mrg

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#14 posted 05-22-2010 04:49 AM

I like these cool

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