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In this guide I am going to show how I made this pallet wood song sound wave. It costs very little to make as it uses recycled pallet wood which can usually be found for free. It's a great addition to your home decor or an awesome gift for a friend.

For this you will need;

  • Pallet wood
  • A4 Label Sheet
  • Inkjet Printer

Step 1: Cut & Sand

I started off by cutting down the pallet wood to size. I used an A4 label sheet so that is the largest I can print it the image. So I cut the wood just oversized at around 32cm long.

Then I sanded down the pallet board with my orbital sander. I started with 80 grit, and worked my way up to 240 grit so it was nice and smooth. I didn't want it perfectly smooth as I wanted to keep the rustic pallet look. But it needs to be quite smooth for the ink to sink into the wood.

Step 2: Print, Print

I used a sheet of A4 labels and just removed all the labels. I put this into my printed the shiny side up. The glossy material on the paper stops any of the ink from drying meaning you can then transfer the image onto any other surface.

On the computer I had flipped the image before printing so when it was transferred to the wood it would be facing the right way. I trimmed off the excess of the paper to make it slightly easier to work with, and put some masking tape on one end. Then I stuck this down to the pallet wood and began to work the image onto the wood. I was very careful not to move the paper at all or this would have ruined the image. If this happens it's not the end of the world, just sand it back and start again.

Step 3: Spray Finish

I used some spray polyurethane finish. It is important to use a spray finish, if you try to use a brush it will smudge the ink. I did a couple of layers of of spray.

Such a wonderful idea ;) thank you!
<p>I'm assuming you mean an inkjet printer.</p>
<p>Hi, yes sorry has to be an Ink Jet printer, wont work with laser! Sorry will edit it to state that :)</p>
<p>It might be possible with a laser. There is a lot of older lasers that people are just dumping. If you disable the fuser the printing will come out looking normal, but just blowing on the paper all the toner will come off. Might be able to carefully flip the paper over and use a hot iron to transfer the toner.</p>
Gonna make my own spin on this and laser engrave it :p
<p>That would be awesome. I just need to get a laser engraver first ;) Show us a photo when you do it!</p>
<p>sorry if I'm being daft, but how did you capture the sound wave in Order to be able to print it? Is there a specific computer program?</p>
<p>Not sure what program he used but Audacity is a great program to use to get the sound wave the you could use another program called dowce to capture the image. Both are free programs.</p>
<p>Hi, yes opened the song up in Audacity, then took a screen shot and took it over to Photoshop. But there is loads of different programs you could use for it. Hope this helps.</p>
<p>Very good, I saw a report where they are doing the same thing but for Tattoos.</p>
<p>Oh wow really! well If people really love the song then fair enough I suppose lol</p>
<p>So original !</p>
Very Cool Project

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