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In preparation for the upcoming holidays, I'm looking for a quality method of marking my projects. I have thought of using an engraver, but I just don't have a steady enough hand.

I was originally leaning towards an electric branding iron that I can "stamp" my projects with before I finish them. Most seem pretty pricey. I was looking for something that says "Handcrafted By INSERT NAME HERE". It should look nice, but not overly fancy. Rockler sells them for over $140, which I feel is way too much.

Can anyone recommend a good method of "branding" a project? Or maybe a good source to buy something that I can do it with?

Thanks.
 

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I just tried a method that worked very well. I printed a mirror image of a logo from a laser printer onto standard paper. Place the paper print side down on the project. Wet it with lacquer thinner and rub the image with a blunt instrument and the laser toner will transfer to the wood. I later tried to scratch the transfer off with my fingernail but I couldn't get it to come off.

Of course, you could always print onto a clear label and just stick it on.
 

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I have one of the electric branding irons from Rockler. I actually recieved it as a gift last Christmas. It was something I always wanted but couldn't bring myself to spend that kind of money on it. After owning it a year, I wish I had bought it sooner! It may be expensive, but it's easy to use and I find it very gratifying! Go for it!!!
 

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I have one of the electric branding irons from Rockler. I actually recieved it as a gift last Christmas. It was something I always wanted but couldn't bring myself to spend that kind of money on it. After owning it a year, I wish I had bought it sooner! It may be expensive, but it's easy to use and I find it very gratifying! Go for it!!!
I have looked Rocklers about 3-4 times, but can't bring myself to spend that much $$. If I could find one for less than $100 I'd probably get it.

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Can't recall his name, but there was a member here that made them.
Maybe do a search on it. Or if I can find him, I'll let you know.
 

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Lee Valley sells electric "Handcrafted By" irons for $105. Use your own propane torch and get one for $65.
 

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I got mine from brandnew.net. I got the torch heated one, and after a minor issue (that may or may not been a figment of my imagination) they voluntarily sent me a replacement.

I'm really happy with it, but I have learned that the simpler the design the better. I got a large tree with hand crafted by Ryan ******, and if found I a bit difficult to get a uniform burn into the wood. If and when I get another, it will be a less detailed brand.

I would however recommend brandnew.net 100%.
 

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If and when I get another, it will be a less detailed brand. I would however recommend brandnew.net 100%.
Well it seems there are a few that recommend them so I may look into their irons. I hadn't actually thought of designing anything, but I could add a saw or something simple to my name. I may have to brainstorm ideas...

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They have 5 pages of brand designs.... This is the one I got.... http://brandnew.net/estore/shopexd.asp?id=53 It looks great......when I can get it right. Works best on maple and closed grain woods.... Oak is a bit harder......
I like the design, but since I want an electric on, their prices are a bit much for me.

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I brand all of my wood carvings with my own, custom-made, branding iron. Maybe 100, so far.
1. 8" and 10" spikes have 3/4" diameter heads.
2. Chalk up a file and smooth that down, maybe 800 grit paper to finish.
3. Draw your pattern (backwards) on the nail head.
4. Carve that with a Dremel and cut-off disks. 1/16" deep is plenty.
5. I torch the head, but every different wood has it's own "smoke temp."
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Big deal = my brand is 'RV' (what else?). Was easy to make, carving steel is OK fun, might have cost me a whole $0.75 for the nail and the Dremel cutoff wheels.

Think about it. I can't register my brand because I'm not burning livestock.
 

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In preparation for the upcoming holidays, I'm looking for a quality method of marking my projects. I have thought of using an engraver, but I just don't have a steady enough hand.

I was originally leaning towards an electric branding iron that I can "stamp" my projects with before I finish them. Most seem pretty pricey. I was looking for something that says "Handcrafted By INSERT NAME HERE". It should look nice, but not overly fancy. Rockler sells them for over $140, which I feel is way too much.

Can anyone recommend a good method of "branding" a project? Or maybe a good source to buy something that I can do it with?

Thanks.
I just use an engraver. It may not be pretty, but it is effective and personal. I usually say who the project was made for and the date. Cannot do that with stick ons.

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Lee Valley sells electric "Handcrafted By" irons for $105. Use your own propane torch and get one for $65.
My daughter gave me one of the propane torch models last year at Christmas. I think there may be an advantage to these (besides being a little cheaper), no coils to burn out. It does take a little practice to get the heat level right.
 

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I just use an engraver. It may not be pretty, but it is effective and personal. I usually say who the project was made for and the date. Cannot do that with stick ons.

George
That's what I use. A dremel works pretty good. I also use a flex shaft Foredom tool with a variable speed foot switch. Either a straight cutter or ball end will work. Each has its quirks for how it carves. But, I agree, for a custom piece, the signing looks more personal when it's custom too. It just takes a little practice.
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I have an electric one from Lee Valley. I think I paid around 100.00. It seemed a bit high but I didn't find anything much cheaper. I got the electric because I didn't want to deal with using a torch around wood and sawdust. I always practice on a piece of similar wood before I "brand" the finished piece.

I wished there was a way to also burn in the date.....now I just write the it underneath the brand.
 

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When starting out, I was making book cases and wall shelves. I used the router with a pointed bit to write a full message. We took a shelf down recently and on the back was routered in script,
"Merry Christmas
*******
from (me)
1990".
There is no question of the event, date, for whom, and from on those pieces. Unfortunately, you need a large flat concealed surface. It does bring nice memories of where we were in our lives at that time.
 

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"Handcrafted By INSERT NAME HERE". It should look nice, but not overly fancy. Rockler sells them for over $140, which I feel is way too much.

Can anyone recommend a good method of "branding" a project? Or maybe a good source to buy something that I can do it with?
In the latest Rockler flyer $90.
http://www.rockler.com/customized-electric-branding-iron-gift-set-mail-in-offer

I have one of the manual heat ones.

http://www.brandnew.net/estore/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=3&cat=Custom+Irons

It is customized with my signature.

My viewpoint is that if you're going to do a lot of branding at one time, get an electric one. For one or two brands or less a day get the manual one.

The propane torch will have other uses like your neighbor changing a hot water heater. :laughing:
 
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