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09-05-2014 04:54 PM

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So I build a lot of little things for people, bookcases, cutting boards, coin holders, boxes, book ends, and now I’m turning stuff. What is the best way to mark something that you build so I can say that’s my work. I usually just put my initials on it with a sharpie on the bottom or someplace out of sight, but I suspect that can wash away or fade after time. I was thinking about a brand, what do others do?

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#1 posted 09-05-2014 06:55 PM

Take a look at this piece.

The builder embeds a penny in the cabinet that matches the year he made the cabinet.
Pretty cool idea. Maybe you could use a sign template to route your initials into the inside or back of the project.


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#2 posted 09-06-2014 09:11 AM

I have a brand from that works really well. The price depends on the size and type of heating element (electric or torch) but mine cost $180 for the logo on my avatar at 1.25” square with the electric element.

If you have a logo you want to use and the money to spend, it’s a nice option to have. I get a lot of compliments on the logo and feel like it makes my smaller items look more professional.

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#3 posted 09-06-2014 12:49 PM

I made my own branding iron many many years ago and have posted it on here a couple times before. I also have used a regular Sharpie to put on things like the date or the # but they are alcohol based and need to be covered with a poly or other non alcohol based clear coat. Lately I have used Sharpie Oil Based Paint Markers Extra Fine got them at Hobby Lobby. I like them a lot better they don’t bleed into the grane of the wood and don’t really need to be coated over. I also have used the penny idea but sometimes it’s hard to get the most up to date penny year, or at least it is around here.


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#4 posted 09-30-2014 08:55 PM

I would say get a small branding iron and have a custom tip brand made with your signature or such.
I have not done this yet, I do brand my initials A.R. on the back of the piece I made.


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#5 posted 10-02-2014 08:54 PM

I just do the sharpie thing

Have seen examples of a die… where you make an imprint of your logo, by whacking it with a mallet
Also seen some sign with a dremel tool

Garrett Hack – actually embedded Morse Code dashes into his inlay to spell out H A C K in the stringing.

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#6 posted 10-02-2014 09:16 PM

I use a thin sharpie before finishing. Put my name and then the year.

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#7 posted 10-03-2014 02:59 AM

Morse Code in the stringing seems like an awful lot of work, though I like it. My son bought an external hard drive, and I was looking at it. It has Morse Code as the vent holes . Pretty cool, even if it is now obsolete. I personally will probably end up with a branding iron style ID on my stuff, if i mark it at all. Stamping with a die would be OK in items that could withstand it.

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#8 posted 10-28-2014 01:03 AM

I’m a ham operator, so the Morse Code method appeals to me. Clever idea.

Of course, I’m a long way off from making things to sell, having just got back into woodworking.

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#9 posted 04-11-2018 11:53 AM

I use a branding iron and then a Dremel 290 engraver for the date and wood type.

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