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post #1 of 9 Old 07-08-2019, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Signing your work

Is there an accepted protocol for signing your furniture pieces, like where, how and what information is included?
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-08-2019, 03:53 PM
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No.Do as you like.

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no protocol, per say.
it can be a rubber stamp, hot brand, brass tag or vinyl sticky label.
look at some of the vintage and antique labels of manufacture.
some are as big as post cards and ornate as they can get.
totally your call.

I use engraved brass tags for my affluent pieces.
here is the tag I put on a Steamer Trunk that I made for my granddaughter.
as a professional sign maker, my label definitely went on the back of every
sign or project I ever made. (for repeat business).
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Some people sign their work with a Sharpie. Others staple or stick-on a paper tag. Others use embossing stamps - either individual letters or pre-made. You can get custom branding irons that are heated with a torch or an electric wood burner (like a soldering iron). Use them to put your mark your grilled steaks, too.

You can get engraved plaques and small plates in brass and other metals. Some guys make small custom tags on CNC and laser machines.

My spouse told me about a woodworker who drills a hole and glues a shiny penny with the current year's date on it.

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Another option is to print a mirror image with a laser printer and then transfer the image to the wood with a hot iron or use acetone as described below:

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I use a branding iron to burn my signature in a non obvious place. With a little practice it works very well. A cheap propane torch to heat the branding iron and you're set. Custom irons of all sizes are available.

A friend of mine can make them for you.

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I've got a stamp for smaller pieces, for bigger things I take a thin piece of mahogany burn my name in it and glue it down with some brass tacks. Looks rather nice if I do say so myself.


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We have some old furniture with my wife's grandfather, and great great uncle's name on them. This means a lot to her. So if I make a nice piece, I'll write date and name on it. I would like to think, somehow, a great great grandchild of mine might end up with the one.

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I have a branding iron I got from Rockler that says "hand crafted by Steve Prior". When I turn bowls I have a woodburning pen to sign them, but I hate my handwriting (and it isn't getting better). In the last few years I've purchased both a laser engraver and a CNC which raises some interesting possibilities as well as questions. One idea is to cut round wooden discs on the CNC and then laser engrave those with some kind of signature. I can then inlay those discs into the project. Other possibilities could be laser engraving a resist and chemical etching brass plates, or I could use a diamond drag bit to engrave things on the CNC.

But the other question is that some people don't consider something that was partially created with a CNC "hand made", so in this new age of makerdom what's the new term to use - "created"? The funny part is that I built the CNC by hand, so a part of me wants to sign things "created by Steve Prior using hand made robots", but that's too big for a brand.
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