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Looking for a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to add your mark to your woodworking projects? I looked into branding irons, but was recommended by a friend to use a rubber stamp. I purchased this one from Vistaprint for $15. It is a self inking stamp and once dry, looks great and will not smear. I have been very pleased with this solution and wanted to share.

-- Patrick "Pacman" Cobb, North Carolina

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#1 posted 01-13-2014 08:00 PM

This is a great solution. Thanks for the tip. I think I’m going to give this a shot.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#2 posted 01-13-2014 08:45 PM

Patrick, do you “stamp the raw wood or once it’s sealed? And if before it’s sealed, have you had any bleed problems?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 01-13-2014 10:28 PM

That’s a great idea, I had the same thing made a couple months ago.
But thought you could only get strait line text.
I will have to check into that again, see if I can get my logo on it.
It’s been working great for me.
I use it on raw would then spray over it.
I have had no bleed, although I only use hard wood sanded to 400.

-- Dave, from Canada,

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#4 posted 01-13-2014 10:40 PM

Great idea—thanks!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 01-13-2014 11:53 PM

I second @Hawaiilad’s question. I love this idea! I’m anxious to hear more.

-- CassieT

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#6 posted 01-14-2014 12:24 AM

Larry – I stamp the raw wood, then you can stain, seal, or poly over the top of it. That pic above is raw pine and that is about as bad as the bleed will ever be. Just don’t rub your finger over it until it has had a couple of hours to dry.

-- Patrick "Pacman" Cobb, North Carolina

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#7 posted 01-14-2014 12:26 AM

Dave – VistaPrint has the round and rectangular stamps and they will allow you to upload a JPG image. They didn’t even complain about the PacMan logo being trademarked or anything. It is a self inking stamp so super easy to use.

-- Patrick "Pacman" Cobb, North Carolina

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#8 posted 01-14-2014 05:32 PM

I would be concerned over lack of permanence of the mark with that. I wonder, have you tested on a piece of scrap to see if typical sanding / restaining takes it out?

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#9 posted 01-14-2014 07:00 PM

dbhost – I have used this a few different times already and it has worked great. I applied it to the raw wood and then allowed the ink plenty of time to dry. Had no issues applying stain and poly over the top of it. With the stain and poly over, it actually looks like it was burned in with a branding iron. As far as sanding it, I’m sure it would sand off just as a mark with a branding iron would.

-- Patrick "Pacman" Cobb, North Carolina

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#10 posted 01-22-2014 07:50 PM

Great idea

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 09-11-2018 04:04 PM

great idea, Have been using a branding iron, but pretty hard to get a consistent mark. i will try to order one of these.

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#12 posted 09-11-2018 09:37 PM


My wife gave me a branding iron for my birthday one year, but right now, I can’t find my torch. Also, it’s fiddly – you have to get the iron hot enough to make a good impression – on the species you are working with – without making just a big ‘ol burn mark. I’m not yet proficient with it.

Rubber stamp sounds very easy in comparison.

I intend to continue with the branding iron, but maybe I need a backup for quick things.


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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