A name stamp is a great investment to mark your tools as your own, especially if you attend woodworking classes or work in a shop with others. It’s also a good way to stamp your finished workpieces for posterity.
Most woodworkers, however, approach the task like Thor might. They raise their hammer high and swing a mighty blow against the stamp to do the deed in one whack. And they are sad when the mark is crooked or too deep or shallow on one side.
After 20-something years of stamping my work and tools, here’s how I approach the task so I always get a crisp and clear mark.
Practice: Before you start marking your expensive tools or work, make a few practice marks on the end grain of different species of wood. Here’s the technique.
Secure the workpiece: No matter what I am marking, I use clamps to hold the work upright and over a solid surface, such as a floor joist or the leg of my workbench.