View Full Version : I.D. your,e special projects?

01-31-2011, 09:55 PM
Wondering,, seeing all the fine workmanship pics posted here, how many of you stamp or mark your,e name and the date in your,e special one off tool, or something youv,e built ?

Many don,t bother to do this, but i think this is very important years from now when someone comes across or inherits your,e special project, to treasure the item knowing who built it and when.

How many have discovered an old special tool etc with the makers name or date on it?

sid pileski
01-31-2011, 10:11 PM
Just wondering, Why don't you use an apostrophe (') instead of a comma?
ex: youv,e should be you've

Not that I'm the spelling police.


01-31-2011, 10:42 PM
Exactly twice. Just a week or two ago I put my last name on the power supply I built. A few years ago I found a tree saw blade that was actually half decent, so I built a custom handle for it from 6061. Punched out my name on a dymo labeller and milled a recess in the handle to stick the strip into. I rounded the corners of the strip to match the recess- looks cool.

I'm not sure that I ever take a lot of pride in something I've built- some to be sure, but it's not like I feel the need to say 'hey, I built this'. But I have started to think about what a future owner of something of mine would or could do if the need arose to do a repair. Maybe I could give much of it to my worst enemies :)

Seldom does something I've built ever need fixing, but when I look at the innards after having built it, I think 'man, what a nightmare if I ever do have to fix this'. Don't know if I'd really want my name on things like that- :)

01-31-2011, 10:42 PM

There are a few pieces of machinery in the 3M Abrasives division that may have East Overshoe Machine and Tool stamped into them somewhere.:D But that was long ago and far away.

About all I have is a stepped angle plate I made for myself. I pantographed my name in to it.


01-31-2011, 10:43 PM
Now that you mention it that is a good idea...

Some of my most prized possessions are my grandfather's measuring tools, not because theyre old but bc they are all "signed" with a scriber.

01-31-2011, 11:19 PM
Only one I ever did was spray paint in a flat black "GG" on a BBQ I once built for a friend. I have often thought about marking the projects I just never came up with a good way to do it.



02-01-2011, 01:19 AM
Really nice barbeque rotisserie setup! Makes me want to go out on the deck and throw a chicken on the spinner! Oh, wait, it's minus 40.

02-01-2011, 02:02 AM
Most of my prototypes that I made while at Brownells have my name on them, since they were done on my own time. They also live at my shop... There are a very few folks I might loan out a special tool to, and I make sure that my name is on it when it leaves home, makes it easier to ensure it comes back. :rolleyes:


02-01-2011, 02:06 AM
I started to do it to some tools I made after seeing that some of the shop made tools that I have collected over the years also have it. Some were gifts from pro machnist friends who are retiring, others I have no idea who they are.

02-01-2011, 04:32 AM
Laser etched on the back of my cnc lathe.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4135/4903526907_2e30bb8422_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67292116@N00/4903526907/)
IMGP2341 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/67292116@N00/4903526907/) by macona (http://www.flickr.com/people/67292116@N00/), on Flickr

John Stevenson
02-01-2011, 05:18 AM
I collect old engineering toolboxes in a small way, not just any boxes but boxes of people I have known or worked with.

Not got many but I have my name down for a few more when they pop their clogs. I have been cheeky and asked for them now and the request has always gone down well, in fact most of the guys and their family have been relieved that they are going to a good home.

Most come empty or with not a lot of value in them but that's not the point. I engrave a brass plate up saying who's box it is and then it's put to use in the shop, unfortunately i have no current pics only this one of a couple of boxes I made when we closed the truck garage down.


We had to be there for 4 weeks just clearing up so I took a table saw, hand router and manual engraver to work and cut some of the old racks up and made these, the plate is engraved December 1989.

Now I have the CNC router I can do better plates and make a nicer job, this is one I have drawn up but not cut yet for one of the boxes.


Hopefully when I pop my clogs these will be passed on to like minded friends.

02-01-2011, 05:38 AM
Thats a great idea ,as well as a memorial to the previous owner, its keeping a small part of history alive and in use.

02-01-2011, 08:04 AM
Tool identification to ensure return is a legitimate reason to mark objects.

Otherwise seems pretentious. I don't like it. When I see a well made and attractive object that has a milled pocket with initials stamped in it it just looks cheesy to me. Instead, put that effort into corner rounding so it feels good to handle. That's more important than knowing who made it.

Sorry Dale. Just my opinion.

02-01-2011, 08:12 AM
This is something i have been looking at for some time and came to a dead end.
What is available
Punches as in hardmarking no good on thin stuff and irregular angles and shapes.
Etching? Acid or glass
Engraving has to be outsourced.

Just initials would do.

02-01-2011, 10:26 AM
I once stamped,"(My name) made this" On the bottom of one of the machines I built. My boss and his dad take credit for everything I do so I thought what the heck I'll autograph it.

02-01-2011, 12:03 PM
Tool identification to ensure return is a legitimate reason to mark objects.

Otherwise seems pretentious. I don't like it. When I see a well made and attractive object that has a milled pocket with initials stamped in it it just looks cheesy to me. Instead, put that effort into corner rounding so it feels good to handle. That's more important than knowing who made it.

Sorry Dale. Just my opinion.


No problem. Everybody likes something different. I "signed" this piece mostly because I could. That and because this is a very accurate angle plate. Last I checked, it was still only .00025" off at 6" on a lab grade surface plate and magnetic square. Only way you get this one is to pry it from my cold dead hands.:D


02-01-2011, 01:29 PM
I once owned a 4x5 enlarger (a photo thing) that had been made in 1951 by two engineers who worked together. I'll never forget their two names engraved on a stainless steel plate affixed to the base: Chester P. Inman and Edwin H. Newbegin. I got it from the son of Mr. Inman in about 1983.

I did eventually give it away, but not without explaining the plate, and what it was all about. They made every casting and machined all the parts that needed it. Unfortunately, it seems they stopped short of complete, because the 4x5 negative carrier was made of a stiff black cardboard. I made up several sizes of carriers for smaller formats as I didn't shoot too much 4x5. It was a knockoff of an Omega D2, but not nearly as smooth as the commercially made one. Nice effort though. Since I wasn't around in 1951 I'll always wonder if Chester P. Inman got the only one, or did they make a 2nd one for Edwin.

These days I own more tools than ever, but mainly because I buy used and save big bucks. Several of my original tools have my name engraved on them, but now that I know how much that detracts from the value that my heirs could derive from them, I just put everything away and lock it up every night.

02-01-2011, 02:09 PM
I make the occasional knife.....so the blade needs a stamp.
The Flax flower.
I made the stamp too on my little CNC Mill


It finds its way onto all sorts of things.



02-01-2011, 02:11 PM
I have my father's tool box along with all of the angle plates, sine bar, vee-blocks and other tools that he made as part of his apprenticeship. Most all of them have his initials (including the periods between the letters) all neatly hand stamped in milled out recesses. Some of it looks like it was engraved, he he told me that they stamped all of it. He told me that was a part of thier training. It had to be neat or you got to do it over.... He was a real fussy guy when it came to the details!

I've seen some tools that were nicely made and then "ruined" with a sloppy stamping job. Doesn't make tool work any better, but it seems like it adds something.


Zahnrad Kopf
02-01-2011, 02:24 PM

Wow! John Stevenson sh|te the bed...? Seems like only a few days ago I was corresponding with him... Seems like there'd be need for a bigger set of bins for those ashes, too... :p I have a habit of doing the same, John. Usually, on a Kennedy, I'll remove one of the drawer grabs and CNC mill/engrave the person's name in it.