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01-21-2013 09:29 AM

When I build a project I always sign and date the project in some discreet location. This is not through vanity or a desire to be known, just that after relocatioing some project or piece of furniture I built some time ago I have noticed the date and scribblings I made at the time.

I recall some years ago an old church from the 17th century being demolished in our home town, above the central door way the contractors found an old jar with a shee containing l the names and signatures of all the men and apprentices involved in it’s construction. It made me think of those guys and what they were all about. The names of course meant nothing to me but I wondered who they were.

Does any one else as a matter of course sign there work for fun or otherwise?



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#1 posted 01-21-2013 10:25 AM

In olden times when wood frame houses were built it was usual to put a coin under the bottom of the king post. Probably a Good Luck symbol.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 11:59 AM

David, I have been looking into getting a branding iron. It will include my initials and a small logo image, most of my projects are small in nature and usually for family members so they will know who build it. I hope anyway. Pat

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 01:06 PM

I use a rubber stamp that is put on the bottom / back of every piece that I make. The stamp has my company name, phone number, website, Made in the USA. I also date each piece.

I have gotten many referrals from people seeing my work and following up with my stamp. Best salesperson I have ever had. I make sure to let the customers know that I have my info stamped on the back / bottom so that if they have any problems, they know how to get in touch with me. Of course, that is what helps with the referrals as the customer knows that I have my name and info on it.

-- Jim Beachler, Chief Puzzler,

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#4 posted 01-21-2013 01:53 PM

I’ve been considering it as many people have told me I should. Been looking at branding iron. I like the idea of a rubber stamp. What kind of ink works best?

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#5 posted 01-21-2013 02:06 PM

I have a rubber/ ink stamp with my name and “Made in America” on it but I seldom use it.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#6 posted 01-21-2013 02:32 PM

I’ve been signing with a fine point felt tip marker but I just ordered a flame heated branding iron with a logo and my initials.
I am also getting rubber stamp with “Made in USA” and a changeable date.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#7 posted 01-21-2013 02:43 PM

I have one of those branding irons and then I usually write the date beside it in pencil and put sealer over it. I always do it in a spot that is not readily visible. Sometimes I surprise myself when I look at the date and realize how long it’s been since I built the piece. I’ve thought about getting a drill bit the size of a penny and epoxying one in for the date.

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#8 posted 01-21-2013 02:49 PM

Good to know I’m not the only one with the habit, although I prefer to use a pencil, got more of an old time feel to it, besides I’m too cheap to buy a branding iron.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#9 posted 01-21-2013 03:02 PM

I have a branding iron and I like to epoxy a penny w/ the year of construction on larger pieces. I don’t do anything on smaller pieces. The problem w/ the penny trick is that they don’t come out new pennies until the year is almost over. So it works good on anything I build after September.

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#10 posted 01-21-2013 03:07 PM

David, if you want to see more replies on your question, search Lumberjocks for “Do you sign your projects?” Others have asked the question and there are a multitude of reponses.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#11 posted 01-21-2013 03:28 PM

Thanks again for the info fellahs.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#12 posted 01-21-2013 03:40 PM

I tried putting pennies in but I can’t afford them anymore, LOL.

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#13 posted 01-21-2013 09:12 PM

I always leave a few drops of blood. By DNA tracing, they can find out who did the work.

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#14 posted 01-22-2013 01:56 AM

I’ve used an electric branding iron for 15 years or more at someone’s suggestion, but I don’t remember who or why—just got in the habit. It burns “Handcrafted by” then my name, my home town and the year (the last being changeable).

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#15 posted 01-22-2013 11:20 AM

Times are indeed tough Dallas, look after the pennies and the pounds, or in your case dollars will look after themselves.
I also tend to leave blood on mine scissors although not intentionally.

Hi John, I have seen those branding irons advertised in WW catalogues. I don’t think I could trust myself not to burn the shop to the ground.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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