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Old August 23rd, 2013, 06:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How would you go about making this logo?

Hey guys, I'm at the stage when I'm looking to incorporate a logo into the headstock of the guitar(s) I'm building. It's a relatively simple design made from my initials in a ring. Looks like this:



The initial plan was to have the background and the letters made from contrasting wood species and inlay them into a recess drilled with a big forstner bit into the headstock face, then sand it flush.

The inlay itself is made up on 6 lines (no curves) and the circle I could probably do on a lathe and with some maple to make a disc.

But how would you go about making the indents for the lines? I don't have a small router but I do have a variety of chisels.

All/any advice greatly appreciated :)

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Old August 23rd, 2013, 07:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No idea at all. But I like the logo design fella.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 07:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You'll need to get some very small bits for a dremel tool. Talk to your dentist's office and see if they'll provide some old bits for you. Then you just need to get the appropriate collett for the dremel, and you're in business. With them just being straight lines, you could just set up a straight-edge to follow.
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Find somebody locally with a small cnc router. That would take no time to do. You could engrave the lines onto the wood you want to inlay and add a contrasting color by painting or staining or even inlaying a contrasting wood species.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 07:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I was wondering about a laser cutter to accomplish the same thing. Would that work?
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 07:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You'll need to get some very small bits for a dremel tool. Talk to your dentist's office and see if they'll provide some old bits for you. Then you just need to get the appropriate collett for the dremel, and you're in business. With them just being straight lines, you could just set up a straight-edge to follow.
That might work but I don't have a dremel. I have a huge ass router and some chisels.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 08:03 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I was wondering about a laser cutter to accomplish the same thing. Would that work?
Yes, but I think the laser cut is a bit fuzzier on the edges when used on wood.
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Yes, but I think the laser cut is a bit fuzzier on the edges when used on wood.
Ah. rightio.

I emailed a jeweller friend of mine to see if she could knock out a couple in 10 minutes with her little drill thing. I can take her some wood (if you know what I mean) and all should be good.

If not, I emailed a bunch of CNC places but I don't have any CAD files, just the illustrator jpeg. I'm conscious of them charging me an assload for programming time.
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If you can save your file as a PDF, some 3D programs open that up. They can take the jpeg and put it as the background and trace it too. Download CamBam..it's free and you get 40 times to try it. You can redraw it there and save as a DXF.
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Old August 23rd, 2013, 08:55 PM   #10 (permalink)
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do a laser print transfer. since it is symmetric you won't even have to mirror image to the printer. position the paper printed image on wood, and wipe the back side of the paper with acetone, and the image will transfer to the wood, then let it dry and shoot with clear.

or make a stamp, or wood brand. google it.
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If you have an optivisor, and a torch you can make your stamping tool by following these instructions on this thread:
http://www.engraverscafe.com/showthr...ighlight=stamp

I have made many silver stamping tools from old steel rod, that I annealed with a torch, filed the end shape the way I wanted, polished, tested on leather to make sure it was OK, then hardened, and quenched in oil (outside - don't ask how I know that tidbit), and they have functioned hitting metals for 40 years. All before the advent of the internet.
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call around to Trophy shops... they have CNC engravers....and/or CNC laser burners... talk to 'em.... probably cost ya a few bux....

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Old August 23rd, 2013, 10:26 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Check your email, and good luck with the project!
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Old August 24th, 2013, 05:37 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I sometimes use veneers for inlays. I draw the design onto tracing paper (though plastic drafting film is better) and cut/trace that design into the veneers.
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Old August 24th, 2013, 05:39 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I also meant to say that I like your symmetrical design, it looks neat and elegant.
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Old August 24th, 2013, 05:48 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Nice logo. It has got a secret society feel to it.
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it looks like a brand from a hot iron....

maybe you could make one and burn the logo on....
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I have been interested in the branding of logos/trademarks etc for a long time. Anybody ever made a branding iron? Shouldn't be too hard should it?

I'm with the others as well, I like the concept. If I was making it, I'd start off with a square piece and use my mini router table on the pantograph with a 1/8th blade in the dremel and a fence that you can set to each angle ( that's why I'd start off square!) and route it from underneath following the pencil drawing. Then cut your round section out and fill with some small slivers of contrasting wood.

That way you could use a thick blank and cut off your logos from the block as required.

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Old August 24th, 2013, 09:33 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Ya know, I thought about the branding iron approach and I'm leaning toward the idea. Maybe in a circle of maple or spalted alder from the inlay material? Could be cool.

I'm tempted to go in tomorrow and chisel 6 lines out of some wood then fill them in with filler just to see how it looks. Rough and ready.

I got a quote from a wood engraver person today- $100 'set up' and $10-20 after that for each logo. Crazy.

Cheers for the comments on the logo too. It was the second design and I'm happy with it. 1 circle, 6 lines. Done.
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it also looks like an abstract Bulls head,..... with floppy ears.;)
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