Intro: How to Print on Wood
Recently, a friend of mine has told me about a method he used to print on wood or to transfer a picture to wood.
I figured this will be a perfect gift for my gf and I started working on it, in this guide i will show you how you can print on wood very easily and almost for free.
Step 1: Watch Video
Step 2: Materials
You will need:
- A saw
- Wood glue
- Sand paper
- A wooden stick
- A pencil
- A ruler
- A file
- A paper
- Wax paper
- A wood piece
Step 3: Mark Cutting Signs
Decide how big you want your picture to be and mark the line you will cut later.
I decided that 10 cm is enough.
Step 4: Taping the Wax Paper
Use tape to secure the wax paper to center of the paper. The reason we use sticks paper is that the ink wont dry on it, letting us transfer the picture to the wood.
Step 5: Choosing a Picture to Print
I will be doing this guide with a picture of a band I like because I prefer to stay anonymous.
Search for a picture, it has to be a high contrast one and a big one (black and white is the best).
Open the picture in a editor and change the size to fit your signs on your wood piece.
If you want to use a picture with words you should turn it horizontal.
Step 6: Printing
Print the picture on the middle so it goes on the wax paper only.
I used a regular printer I have at home.
Step 7: Transferring
Put the printed picture on the wood and press hard on it so all the details are transferred. Now remove the paper and see the results.
You can clean the wax paper so will be able to re-use it.
Step 8: Sawing and Sanding
saw according to the cutting signs, clean the edges using the file and sand paper.
Some might think this step should be done before the printing process but there is a reason for the way I do it, the transferring process is hard and you can easily ruin it (like happened to me a few times), you don't want to waste wood pieces you already worked on, just be careful on the print when cutting and sanding.
Step 9: Additions
You can sign your work and write the date using a soldering iron, burning the edges will give it a vintage look, after that spray with varnish to protect the picture.
Step 10: Stand
Mark on the stick how long it should be you can estimate it or make real measurements as in picture 2. Cut the stick and sand the head to give it an angle. Glue it and leave to dry.