I'm new at woodworking and have been making some things out of oak for
relatives. How can I put my initials on my work? I don't want to pound them
in -- maybe burning is the way to go? I thought that inscribing initials
with a dremel might be the way to go, but I need some sort of template or
I'm sure that I'll mess it up. But I haven't seen any templates for routing
with a dremel. Any ideas for other ways to do this stuff?
How do you folks "sign" handmade wood projects?
One day I had nothiung to do, so I decided to waste the afternoon by making
astamp with my initial with the plan to use a propane torch to get it hot
and press into the wood.
My initial are MG. The M is easy to file, the G was made out of two pieces,
a tube and a mating insert. Hell, I surprise myself in doing a reasonable
The M was made out of a 3/8 hex bolt, head filed to an offset cuboid, one
face flush with the shank. Basically, two cylinders fastened parallel with
two screws. The screws are also holding to L shaped brackets acting as
handles. The handles edges on the top surfaces are cut to look like an arrow
to indicate the proper alignment.
The type must be made in mirror image, of course. The handle gets hot by
the time you have the tip cherry red, because my propane torch is barely
adequate to heat the tip quickly.
You could save a lot of work by buying a redy made stencil punch but you
loose on the primary reason to sign the work, which in my opinion is to add
one more personal touch.
Happy filing, grinding and drilling and taping. You should also post to
I sign them with initial-dot-last name and the year, usually on the
back, underside or bottom of a drawer. Either use a small gouge,
soldering iron, or pencil--no template. I like the year, as I often
forget when I made the piece.
I also wonder if you could use a cheap set of steel metal stamps like
what's available from Harbor Freight,the larger 1/4"ones.With letters and
0-9 numerals;heat them up and use then as stamps.They would no longer be
useful for stamping metal,though,the temper would be gone.They're only $5-
10 a set at HF.
Heh Jim, that is a great idea. After reading your post, I found a Harbor
Freight within a 30 min drive -- first time I had been there. I found some
1/8" stamps on sale for $3, but spent more than that before I got out of
there -- neat place.
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