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#1 Tree Reaper

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 12:39 PM

If you aren't aware of the different tolerances in Tandy letter stamps then your work will look as crappy as the poor tolerances.
I started stamping the "T " to be followed by an "I " and you can really see the difference where the "I " stamped higher than the T.
I turned the stamp around and it lined up much better with the T and you can see how much lower the second "I " is from the first.
So if you aren't getting good results it could very well be the crappy tools being supplied by our suppliers and NOT you.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:14 PM

Not defending TLF's quality, but my stamps have a small, almost indiscernible, index mark on the bottom edge. Nevertheless, I put my own with a punch and heavily beveled the edges to reduce the halo the edge of the stamp usually leaves.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 02:09 PM

Your right, my large letter set is easy to see but I need magnification to see the marks on the smaller letter set.
Thanks for pointing that out.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 09:45 PM

And here's me thinking that was just a mould line. Saying that I had to get the dremel out to square off the outside so I can line them up and there was no V just an upside A .
I have an idea what I want to do, now I just have to figure out how.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:58 AM

I had trouble seeing those little letter marks for each stamp, especially the smaller ones so I dabbed a small amount of paint or used a permanent marker to identify wish way the stamped should be positioned. This has helped get the stamps in the right position but still have trouble with a straight line. Isn't old age great.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 04:12 PM

If you aren't aware of the different tolerances in Tandy letter stamps then your work will look as crappy as the poor tolerances.
I started stamping the "T " to be followed by an "I " and you can really see the difference where the "I " stamped higher than the T.
I turned the stamp around and it lined up much better with the T and you can see how much lower the second "I " is from the first.
So if you aren't getting good results it could very well be the crappy tools being supplied by our suppliers and NOT you.


I have 3 different brands of stamps IVAN , Craftool new and VINTAGE...they where all the same around the edges...but the Ivan set cuts much better.
On all of them I took a flat file to the edges so they would all line up straight instead of a little mold edge sticking out...now all is good! But IVAN is a much better Letter/Number stamp for the same money. Not so much filing. Plus my vintage stamps are slightly wider than the new ones, so if I accidentally mix the letters when using a lot of them a trained eye would catch it in a second...it may be a millimeter in width of the mold but it is enough to even through me off sometimes the letters may get mixed up between boxes I do have 2 kids that play with them as well sometimes so it happens from time to time:). I have to look for the corrosion on the old ones so I know I am not using them to stamp along side the new ones.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:45 PM

I took a dremel to all the edges of mine as they all had flashing left on them.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:17 PM

I find a straight edge is a must in order to get a straight line.
I've mastered putting edges on a round curve but any letter work requires set up time to get it right.
This is how I normally set up when words require even spacing.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:52 AM

The finished coaster.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 09:38 AM

That is Very Professional looking TR!
and
- The stitching is Top Notch.

Is that Antique Saddle Tan you used?

Verrrry Nice!
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Posted 30 March 2012 - 11:38 AM

Thanks Cheryl.
Yes, it's saddle tan.
Made for a friend of mine that bought a two seat aircraft kit.
The stitching was done on my new cowboy, that was a real trial because I had to turn the coaster with every new stitch but it came out ok.
I could have went a little larger with the emblem but he wasn't expecting it and really liked it.
The coaster was lined with rust suede on the back side.
Layout for the lettering took awhile to get the proper spacing but you just can't cut corners if you want it to look good.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 12:46 PM

Letter stamps can definitely be challenging some times, but I discovered a terrific way to deal with them. That is, don't use them! I used to use them too until I realized how amaturish they made my work look. Hand cut lettering ALWAYS looks better and with computers there is no reason to try to draw letters by hand. Print them out and tool them....you'll be amazed at how much better your work will look!
Bobby

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 03:26 PM

I discovered a terrific way to deal with them. That is, don't use them! I used to use them too until I realized how amaturish they made my work look. Print them out and tool them....you'll be amazed at how much better your work will look!
Bobby


I agree 100%. But I don't even print them out... I just put clear plastic over my monitor and trace around the font. :) I like the clear because I can see exactly where I'm putting the letters on the leather.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 07:37 AM

I took Bob's advice on lettering quite a while back, and it completely changed the finished look on lettered items. On very rare occasions, I have still had to use the stamps, but every time I hate them. My vote is for not using them if at all possible.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:37 PM

Do you have any examples?





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