A neat and easy way to attatch a Logo to wood. #1: PUTTING CUSTOM LOGO ON WOOD PROJECTS

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Blog entry by Hersh posted 02-25-2014 08:58 PM 7186 reads 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been trying different methods for adding a custom Logo to wood. I believe I’ve done just about all the methods on youtube and even the blogs here on Lumber Jocks. The other day I was thinking about this and wondered if there were clear plastic peel and stick labels that would work. Well there is.

Some of the methods I have tried are: Water slide decals, Laser printer/copier transfers using a variety of solvents, T-shirt transfer, Heat transfers.

I think there were a couple more that I played around with. All of these methods are time consuming and messy. My printer is not a laser printer, but an inkjet. So for me I had go to the library and pay for the copies I made. Also the results were not acceptable. Very low in resolution and weak in color and sharpness.
In all the methods you need to seal and apply the finish before you try to apply the logo.

The photo above is an example of the solution that I really like. The label size is 2” X 4”, the block of wood is 2 1/8” X 4 1/2”. The wood is basswood 1/8” thick.
The label is an Avery Number 18863 Clear, Easy Peel, Shipping Label for Ink Jet Printers. There are 10 sheets in pkg. With 10 labels on each sheet, which gives you a total of 100 logos. The labels are easy to print and peel from the sheet. I think there is at least two other sizes available. The other sizes are smaller than the 2” X 4” ones.


Design and print your labels. Most of the word processors that print labels will work just fine. Avery has a free on-line program for design and printing labels. Your labels can be in color if desired. I played with red and yellow and a small colored graphic of a frog. Turned out great. I was surprised at how bright the color was. You can apply finish as soon as the labels have had a chance to dry. The ink will not smear or smudge. In the example above; the board, mallet and chisel or a light brown color.

Your wood needs to be sealed and finish applied. For the example above I applied 1 coat of BLO and 2 coats of varnish. Let it dry completely.

Place your printed label on your wood project. Rub it down to assure good adhesion. Apply as much finish as needed to protect the label and finish your project.

I hope this will be helpful for some of you.

Good Luck Lumber Jocks

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 02:52 AM

a lot cheaper than the branding iron I have been looking at

-- as technology progresses, wood workers seem to regress...all my power tools and my favorite is a chisel and a hand plane

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#2 posted 02-26-2014 06:03 AM

Any idea where to buy this particular product?? This looks like a great possibility….........

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 02-26-2014 04:58 PM


I purchased my pack at Walmart in their notebooks and paper area. I think it was around $7.50 or so. It is also available at staples and Office Max and online at Amazon.

Hope this helps.

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#4 posted 02-28-2014 04:17 AM

Thanks Hersh, I’ve been looking for something like this.
Just to clarify… you finish your wood as normal first, then you apply sticker, then you apply more of the same finish on top of the sticker?

-- ~Julie~

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#5 posted 03-02-2014 08:42 PM


You are correct. The first goes on the bare prepared surface. The reason is to seal the wood and allow the sticker a smooth surface to adhere to.

Thanks for looking,

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#6 posted 03-02-2014 08:46 PM

Thanks again!

-- ~Julie~

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