Want large letter-stamps for use on wood - any ideas?


I want to mark the firewood as I get it (I'm taking about 12" rounds, not little pieces), and I'd like to be able to mark it (for example M for maple, O for oak, etc) with a stamp of around 1-2" letters, something that's easy and quick to do. Stamps I have seen on Northern Tool, etc, are all max 3/8" letters for steel.
I have done some welding, and am open to ideas.
Thanks
Dean
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dean wrote:

How about some stencils and a can of spray paint?
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I agree with Jack. A quick and easy solution that should do the trick.
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"brand" their logs. The brand was welded to a splitting maul. Usually two or three letters or a logo was fabricated (in reverse?). When swung against the end of the log. the brand became visible from the wood fibers that were compressed under the brand.
I have seen these "branding mauls" in museums and in private collections. I don't really know what they would be worth though.
If you are just going to brand firewood, you may just be able to get by with a simple symbol of some kind. You also may want to go to a smaller hammer as well. Just use something big enough to make a noticeable mark.
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dean wrote:

Weld up some branding irons. One for each letter. Make any size you want. You can brand any side you want.
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Spray paint is an excellent idea, although I do hate those sprays that keep getting clogged up or you have to empty them upside down every time.
Much preferred would be a hammer whack.
I wonder if a crayon would work? I tried a felt marker pen and it frigged up after a few logs. The sap and dust was getting in the way.
Thanks for all the ideas, keep'em coming.
Dean
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dean wrote:

There is a beast called a "Lumber Crayon" Usual colour is yellow but I'm sure they are available in different colours. They are a heavy duty wax crayon that wont wash of in bad weather and are quite easy to see. regards John
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mine all seem to be green.. lol
also, if you're near a casino that has a "Keno" game, they have some pretty hefty crayons there that they give away as advertising items..
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dean wrote:

How about "Railroad Chalk". See:
http://www.irwin.com/irwin/consumer/jhtml/detail.jhtml ;jsessionid=IGIJS3PNVKESECQHUCBCGWQ?prodId=IrwinProd100267
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I used to buy lumber marking crayons at the lumber yard.. probably still have them there?
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There is a product call 'paint stick' or paint marker' that is used in industry. Hard to find for consumers. Oil based paint in a felt tip marker type applicator or oil based paint mixed with wax for a crayon like stick. I did a google search and found a supplier in UK for Markal products.
In USA, at places I have worked we used McMaster-Carr industrial supplier. http://www.mcmaster.com / and do a search for paint markers at their site, page 1754 of their catalog. Item 1660T28 is a crayon stick for all weather use on wood and metal. You must buy in box of 12 sticks, but each box is not that expensive.
Item 16625T25 is a pump action felt tip paint marker. You depress the tip against the surface several times to charge the tip with paint.
As 'general public' I have not purchased from McMaster-Carr, I have bought lots as an employee of various companies and can recommend them. Love their printed catalog.
Phil

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Thanks all. Phil I ordered the AW paint crayons from McMaster-Carr. Thanks!
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dean wrote:

Hello,
I was going to suggest finding your local craft store or teacher suppy store for bigger stamps.
Mother-in-law is a teacher and she's had some bigger stamps if your still wanting to do something like that.
The crayons were going to be my other suggestion.......... :-)
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If it's really only firewood, not wood for later projects, this would be a waste of time, but:
Anchorseal and other log sealers come in a few different colors.. the blanks that I've bought have had white, pink, yellow, etc. sealer on them.. you could color code them.. *g*
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