Secret codes etched on your furniture?

Recommended Posts



When completing a project, a piece of furniture for instance, have there ever been small 'codes' etched in somewhere for the type of wood used? (or something to that extent). 


For instance, if you built a table out of cherry and walnut, perhaps a small:


CH / W


...pen-burned or etched into the underside.


I think about when my furniture (hopefully) outlives me, will future generations know what they have.


If anything, I've been thinking of at least pen-burning the year built somewhere. 


So I guess my question this common?  And if so, has a standard been set?



Link to post
Share on other sites

I sign my furniture and gifts using a Dremmel tool and a small carving bit with my name and the date completed.  If I use an unusual wood, I scribe the botanical name i.e. Gleditsia triacanthos (Honey Locust) for on my daughter's hope chest or Handroanthus for the porch swing.

Link to post
Share on other sites

==>Life , the universe and everything !

Got in one...


==>The pencil is clearly readable if the item is x-rayed.

Reminds me of the only Dr. Who episode that my wife will actually watch... Any takers? Hint: John Cleese in a cameo...

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 4 weeks later...

Sounds like a kind of a "National Treasure" thing.

I usually just sign mine with a Sharpie and date it somewhere on the inside.

Dremel or use a burner sounds like things that would endure.  I don't know how the whole x ray thing works on a large piece.  Is this done? Portable x ray machine?

Wudbutcher.....1st post!! Welcome.....good place to hang and Uncle Vester. :P

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.