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Thread: Scrolled Stamps

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2010

    Scrolled Stamps

    HI everyone
    I have a client that recently opened a new store selling a variety of outdoor and garden goods and I was asked to make some little garden signs with different sayings on them. I'm using Cypress wood for the durability and each sign is to have the saying painted then finished with Spar-Varnish.The woodwork was no problem but how to go about painting the words was the million dollar challenge. She ordered 2 dozen of each sign. I tried stencils but could not get a good enough variety of fonts. I looked at getting some stamps made but the cost for even a simple stamp would not have been cost effective and I really didn't have the time to wait for custom stamps. After thinking about it for awhile I figured that is should be possible to make my own custom stamps using stuff that I had in the shop. After a little R&D this is what I came up with. I started by using Microsoft Office Word to get the font and size plus the "No " emblem and printed it out to the right size,then using a glue stick glued it to the 1/4" backer also cut to the right size.

    The next step is to cut a piece of 1/2" rigid foam insulation board and glue this to the backer board using CA glue.

    I scrolled the letters of the sign with a 2/0 crown tooth blade and set them aside. I glue a second backer to the first backer to strengthen the original letter orientation from the first backer.

    I cut off the excess foam board from the backers and glue the letters back in their respective positions.

    I build up the sides with scrap wood to fit the size of the sign blanks. I use enamel craft paints and a piece of foam brush and dab it on the stamp letters, then press it onto the wood blanks which fit precisely into the stamp.

    It may be necessary to touch up a little but overall this works pretty good.

    This is the first batch of garden signs ready to go.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Pretty cool idea
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    That is really cool Mike I find it rather ingenous
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Des Moines, IA
    What a great idea. Very cool

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada

    Very good ideas Mike. Make sure to put your name and contact details on the back somewhere. I bet you get a good marging on those pieces and they sell easily.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Great idea, Mike. I see all sorts of potential for saleable things with that.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Very good, love it, great idea!!

    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    That's great. Very cool.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  9. #9

    Great Garden Signs

    MIKE !!!
    That is really great, you can be so proud of your work. In my opinion this type of job brings out the best and most clever abilities of the woodworker. I love it, Joe

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