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Do you sign your work?

by TungOil
posted 07-30-2017 01:24 PM

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#1 posted 07-30-2017 01:31 PM

I put my brand in someplace inconspicuous just before finishing.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 07-30-2017 02:12 PM

I use a parchment label of sorts with my name and date of completion; glued on in an semi-inconspicuous place after BLO and just before shellac.

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#3 posted 07-30-2017 03:01 PM

Just like Bondo.

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#4 posted 07-30-2017 03:05 PM


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#5 posted 07-30-2017 03:51 PM

I use a brand. I got the kind you heat with a torch. I wish I’d gone with the electric kind, since getting the right temperature is hit or miss.

I use a parchment label of sorts with my name and date of completion; glued on in an semi-inconspicuous place after BLO and just before shellac.
- Ron Aylor

If you would be willing, please share the process for making that, Ron. It looks really nice.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#6 posted 07-30-2017 03:53 PM

I use a small marquetry cypher of my initials.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 07-30-2017 03:55 PM

See this recent thread: Branding/stamping wood projects?


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#8 posted 07-30-2017 04:04 PM

Only the items of note, carved initials! (Krenov style)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 07-30-2017 04:07 PM

I’ve done it but I usually forget.

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#10 posted 07-30-2017 04:37 PM

Laser engraver allows sizing and will lase any text & graphic. Usually lase just before finishing.


-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#11 posted 07-30-2017 10:57 PM

Never have. For those who do….........why?

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#12 posted 07-31-2017 12:34 AM

Why? First, here is a link to an artist who can explain it. I like what he says,
Also, consider- lets say, you make this for a grandchild; Years later, people come across it and see the year and maybe GrandPa’s signature….
Finally if you watch enough of “Antique’s Road Show” signatures add value. Also, wouldn’t you be proud to own a “piece” made by the Desert_Woodworker, made out of MDF, cut on a CNC and finished with a metallic coating?
On a serious note, I agree with the artist’s article- It is my “name” that approves this finished work.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#13 posted 07-31-2017 01:26 AM

Never have. For those who do….........why?

- AlaskaGuy

If the piece has value, especially as art, not signing it depletes its value.
If it is a carpentry job …. no reason.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#14 posted 07-31-2017 01:49 AM

only if the client asks me to, which happens quite frequently.

-- Greg Gimbel, Rifle, Colorado,

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#15 posted 07-31-2017 01:53 AM


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#16 posted 07-31-2017 02:25 AM

I ve done it but I usually forget.

- Loren


-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#17 posted 07-31-2017 02:33 AM

If I remember I sign it before the finish. Reason is so that kids or grandkids won’t have to wonder if I made that piece.

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#18 posted 07-31-2017 02:45 AM

Nope not me not now not never.

-- Aj

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#19 posted 07-31-2017 02:52 AM

Lots of interesting viewpoints on this. Like Rich, I use a branding iron. But only on pieces I think are worth while, and when I remember. Mark I like that laser you are using, I almost picked one up and I might still…..maybe for my next project.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#20 posted 07-31-2017 01:39 PM

Branding iron is the way to go:

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#21 posted 07-31-2017 03:10 PM

When I remember to do it, I drill a shallow hole just large enough for a penny—sort of a counterbore—somewhere that can’t be easily seen (e.g. side of a drawer). I select a penny with the same year as I made the project and epoxy it in. This way I can tell the year I made something. I have also used a Sharpie to write the type of finish I used in case I need know that later on.

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#22 posted 07-31-2017 03:17 PM

Yep. I had a rubber stamp made.
I usually place it somewhere on the bottom of whatever I have made in between coats of finish so it can’t rub off. I usually scribble the date on there too.

You can see it here:

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#23 posted 07-31-2017 05:26 PM

I always sign my work. If I’m not willing to sign it, it should probably go to the burn pile.
I usually wood burn my initials and the year in a hidden location. I like the wood burner because I can fit in small places when I need to and embellish if space is available.

Most of my projects are gifts for family and friends. I hope when they see my mark years from now they remember me.

-- Sawdust Maker

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