I’m newly retired, and am getting into my long-time passion of woodworking. At the present, I’m making various kinds of decorative boxes using sold woods, exotic veneers, marquetry and parquetry. I plan to grow into small furniture items as well. All of my designs are original, and most are one-of-a-kind items.
I want to sign and date each piece, but am not happy with the methods I’ve tried so far. I’ve done some with a metal engraver, and then filled the spaces with contrasting Famowood putty. The result looks good in some particularly hard woods, but graining can cause a very unprofessional result. I’ve signed some with pen and ink, then applying finish over that for protection, without great success.
Any suggestions for a method that works well with you? Thanks!