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Making you're mark

Postby JonnyP » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:59 am

I just thought I would share how I do my mark, because it could be adopted by anyone wanting to do a makers mark..

My surname is Pickett and after looking at some old family name crests, I saw that some of them have a pickaxe on. Being a builder who often uses a pickaxe I wanted to use that symbol to go on my work.
I thought about how I was going to do it, and was going to ask a Blacksmith to make me something, but when I was using a soldering iron one day, an idea came to me..
This is what I did, and what anyone can do if they have the bits needed..

The things you need are a soldering iron with removable tips, a small file and a large headed "clout nail" that will fit inside the soldering iron. Thats it..!
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Next you need to file down the nail head to the shape you want. This is my pickaxe I did, also showing the nail size I filed it down from.
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Once done remove the old tip from the soldering iron and put you're shaped nail in..
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Then heat up the iron and brand you're woodwork :0)
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Obviously some shapes will be a problem, but many shapes, letters and symbols could be filed..
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Re: Making you're mark

Postby chainsawkid » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:36 am

:mrgreen: Fantastic infomation and great pics too. Just shows what can be done with a little (lot) thought :idea: , if you just get on with it!

might even try it myself :shock: (not a chainsaw though)

Well done :D

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Re: Making you're mark

Postby trollwumple » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:53 pm

Hi,

Great post and a really simple but wonderful idea, I am inspired to give it a go.

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Re: Making you're mark

Postby Bob_Fleet » Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:36 am

What wattage is your soldering iron?
Just had a look at mine and it's probably too small.
Yours look much more robust.
Nice idea.

I use a 'F' for my mark. Modified so it is three strokes from an L shaped chisel.
Idea from Robin Wood's 'W'
A brand always seemed an expensive option.
Maybe not.

HERE is an earlier thread.
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Re: Making you're mark

Postby Darrell » Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:43 am

One of the guys on the OldTools email list mentioned using an old copper soldering iron for a brand. The copper is really easy to work, holds the heat well, and can be heated on a stove or in a fire or with a propane torch. So I picked up an old soldering iron cheap, to experiment with.

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Re: Making you're mark

Postby JonnyP » Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:47 pm

Cheers chaps..

Bob.. It doesn't say what the wattage is on the iron, but its a fairly small iron being 8 inches long in total.
I did about 10 to 15 stamps with it a few days ago and it coped ok, leaving it to rewarm for a little between each stamp..
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Re: Making you're mark

Postby Bob_Fleet » Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:05 pm

Got it.
A bit easier for my shape.
Thanks Jonny - solved a problem there for me.
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Re: Making you're mark

Postby JonnyP » Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:17 pm

Ahh, good. Glad it helped :D
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Re: Making you're mark

Postby jrccaim » Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:30 am

Great idea. Pyrography strikes again. Don't even need a soldering iron. Make your mark, as JonnyP did. Heat it up red hot with a propane torch or your trusty kitchen stove. Grab it with pliers or vice-grips. Burn it in. Bravo! Noted in my bag of tricks file. Just like branding calves, as a cowboy would say.
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Re: Making your mark

Postby ToneWood » Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:36 pm

That's darn clever! Should save a little time and improve consistency. Coincidentally I was unhappy with a maker's mark I'd carved on a big oak bowl this weekend, so I went over it with a little variable heat soldering iron (designed for electronics rather than heavy electrics/plumbing, 10-50W - cheap from Maplins, given a choice opt for the more expensive flexi-cable option) set on full . It came out quite well: darker, thicker, clearer.

BTW I like you pick axe brand (it also looks a little like an elegantly stylized swift). Also the F works real well too.

I'm not sure if I can readily make a brand from my mark though - thought the design was pretty simple but filing it from a nail head would be challenging. Perhaps I need a simpler mark or a different technique to make the brand. Hmm.
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Re: Making you're mark

Postby Bob_Fleet » Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:58 pm

This week if you're quick.
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Re: Making you're mark

Postby ToneWood » Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:39 pm

This one, £8.99 at Lidl? http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg//lid ... =noservice
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Description
  • Great for decorating and inscribing wood, cork or leather
  • Includes 7 stamps with different designs and 7 different writing tips
  • Max. working temperature approx. (°C): 550
  • 30 watt
  • Includes iron holder

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Enantoimeric mark. Da 'ah!!

Postby arborrider » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:42 pm

Bad habit. I'm a bit of a pack rat. So I have lots of odds & ends sitting around. Because you never know when you will need that odd item. Today grabbed some worn chainsaw files, a few inches of left over doweling and a grade 2 carriage bolt to create a maker's mark. A few problems. Bit too large & almost completed I realized the mark will burn a mirror image of what I intended. Design problem of being too busy. I'm a bit of a dolt. Mark was supposed to consist of the letters: N,V,H. Next time just a N.
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Re: Enantoimeric mark. Da 'ah!!

Postby Bob_Fleet » Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:24 am

arborrider wrote: I realized the mark will burn a mirror image of what I intended.
You did that too?
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Re: Making you're mark

Postby jrccaim » Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:56 am

If you are patient enough you can file a maker's mark out of any old piece of steel square or round stock. Junk steel, in fact. No tempering or heat treating required, in fact totally unneccessary. What I would recommend is set of "swiss files." These are jeweler's files,small and agile. Also called "needle" files. Mine are used so often I keep them on the dining/crafts table on the kitchen. Here's a linked image so's you know what I am talking about:

http://www.micromark.com/12-piece-swiss-pattern-needle-file-set,6787.html

This looks like a nice set and at about $8 it will not exactly break your wallet. I just looked up the exchange rate for the day, 1.56 dollars per quid, and I am certain Axmister's sells them. Not a problem.

Another way to cut maker's marks is a Dremel-type tool and a set of diamond cutters. This is a power tool and I can understand your reluctance to use them; however it is very fast. But you do need a steady hand! All too easy to ruin stuff with power tools. However, it is junk steel. So if you make a mistake, grind (or file) it flat and start over. And while I am at it, if you do have a nice maker's mark, you might be able to hold it over the wood and strike it with a hammer. This will imprint the maker's mark into the wood. To really get away with this, you need sharp edges on the mark. I have a set of dies that will do A-Z this way, cheap at an Asiatic tool sale.
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