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Project by KnotCurser posted 02-06-2010 04:08 AM 3129 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally! My woodbrand with my custom logo arrived today – right before the big east coast storm!

I used a simple 3/4” square design with back-to-back R’s on top of overlapped W’s. Stands for “Robert Rhoades Wood Works”. It is nice to have matching initials sometimes! ;-)

I tried it out a BUNCH of times and have come to this conclusion – I can’t seem to get an even, non-scorching, aligned brand! I am going to try to take it off the handle and mount it on my drill press – maybe that way I can get it to line up correctly. The image you see is on the side of a cutting board scrap – not TOO bad…......

Any suggestions / hints???? I will be sure to unplug the drill press – honest! ;-)

Oh yeah – here’s where I ordered it from – uploading your graphic was SUPER easy and they give the best prices I have found yet! Only took 10 days as well! They did a FANTASTIC job!

Update as of 2-27-10: I have to say that practice does improve one’s performance with this device! Every time I use this brand the results get a bit better! I also would HIGHLY recommend fitting it with an adapter for your drill press as it makes the job so much easier and more accurate!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#2 posted 02-06-2010 05:08 AM

Nice brand. Maybe a little spacer to push it against?? I;m not 100 % sure. We never had that problem branding cattle. Always seemed to line up just fine:-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 08:44 AM

i would say as long as u can read it if its a bit off it just ngives the “handfinished” charactor …but thats just me

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 05:10 PM

I am with bob67cam, being a little “imperfect” makes it seem less of a mass manufactured item. It looks awesome to me. Great idea on logo that the buyer will most likely remember the story and your name to pass it on to others.


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#5 posted 02-06-2010 05:27 PM

That’s a very nice brand, and they’ve got great prices. Thanks for passing the info along. I’ve wanted a brand for a long time, and this makes it doable. Good luck with your branding issue.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#6 posted 02-06-2010 05:42 PM

Looks great!
Frankly, if you wanted crisp and squarely placed you needed to use a die and mallet then ink the grooves. If your stamp comes off precise and crisp you risk looking like a mass produced product. You have something unique, well made, with a craftsman logo all that says quality, a very rare thing.

If you hit that brand with a bit of sandpaper I’ll bet you’ll remove most of the overburn.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#7 posted 02-06-2010 06:00 PM

Might take a dremel with a tiny bit and clean up the W overlap. That is the only place I see as being blurred. Trick I find to work with my branding irons is to Get them really hot and touch them quick to the wood. Holding on the wood allows the iron to keep burning and spreading out. I like to use a rocking motion to insure it gets it all and none of it sits too long. I touch the right edge down and rock to the left edge and lift. The softer you wood, the worse the brand will look because of heat spread.

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#8 posted 02-06-2010 06:08 PM

Rob, thanks for link! They do have better prices than rockler, which is where i would have gotten one from untill u turned me on to this site THANKS AGAIN!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#9 posted 02-06-2010 07:48 PM

I received a custom branding iron for Christmas and am having the same (even branding) you are experiencing. I think it just takes practice and more practice to get it right. But I like the “custom look” suggestions others have already posted.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#10 posted 02-06-2010 09:31 PM

looks great to me


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#11 posted 02-06-2010 10:56 PM

One of the LJ prizes last year and a site sponsor is;


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#12 posted 08-25-2010 10:48 PM

Thanks Bob, I will have to get started on designing my logo.


-- Fred, Georgia

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#13 posted 08-27-2011 07:51 PM

One suggestion is to ‘turn your drill press on’ (slow speed of course). and press it lightly against a piece of sandpaper on a very flat surface. This might help to even out any imperfections in the surface. Something else(besides mere brute experience) would be to align it using a jig. Put as much effort into this as you do any other part of your project. But as others have said, the misalignment does give it more of a custom look.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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