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How would you go about making this logo?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by GoodCleanFun, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. GoodCleanFun

    GoodCleanFun Tele-Meister

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    Jul 29, 2013
    Auckland, New Zealand
    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:

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    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 :)
     
  2. jd0272

    jd0272 Tele-Meister

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    May 24, 2013
    Northumberland
    No idea at all. But I like the logo design fella.
     
  3. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 30, 2011
    Oklamerica
    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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  5. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    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.
     
  6. GoodCleanFun

    GoodCleanFun Tele-Meister

    120
    Jul 29, 2013
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I was wondering about a laser cutter to accomplish the same thing. Would that work?
     
  7. GoodCleanFun

    GoodCleanFun Tele-Meister

    120
    Jul 29, 2013
    Auckland, New Zealand
    That might work but I don't have a dremel. I have a huge ass router and some chisels.
     
  8. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    Yes, but I think the laser cut is a bit fuzzier on the edges when used on wood.
     
  9. GoodCleanFun

    GoodCleanFun Tele-Meister

    120
    Jul 29, 2013
    Auckland, New Zealand
    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.
     
  10. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    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.
     
  11. Engraver-60

    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
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    Jan 6, 2008
    Franklin, TN
    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.
     
  12. Engraver-60

    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
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    Jan 6, 2008
    Franklin, TN
    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/showthread.php?12426-stamp-by-step...&highlight=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.
     
  13. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Age:
    70
    May 1, 2003
    Jacksonville, FL
    call around to Trophy shops... they have CNC engravers....and/or CNC laser burners... talk to 'em.... probably cost ya a few bux....

    Ron Kirn
     
  14. Hiker

    Hiker Friend of Leo's

    Jul 20, 2008
    South
    Check your email, and good luck with the project!
     
  15. Crafty Fox

    Crafty Fox Tele-Holic

    841
    Nov 25, 2011
    Perth Australia
    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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  16. Crafty Fox

    Crafty Fox Tele-Holic

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    Nov 25, 2011
    Perth Australia
    I also meant to say that I like your symmetrical design, it looks neat and elegant.
     
  17. Roy72

    Roy72 TDPRI Member

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    Dec 8, 2010
    Australia
    Nice logo. It has got a secret society feel to it.
     
  18. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity

    it looks like a brand from a hot iron....;)

    maybe you could make one and burn the logo on....:twisted:
     
  19. Davecam48

    Davecam48 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    68
    Dec 31, 2009
    Queensland Australia
    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.

    DC
     
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013
  20. GoodCleanFun

    GoodCleanFun Tele-Meister

    120
    Jul 29, 2013
    Auckland, New Zealand
    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.
     
  21. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity

    it also looks like an abstract Bulls head,..... with floppy ears.;)
     
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