|Project by jim C||posted 08-14-2011 03:10 PM||4085 views||8 times favorited||17 comments|
Lacking any skills whatsoever in carving, I have been playing around trying to make designs on wood with inkjet T-shirt transfers. A disaster at best.
I read somewhere where a guy sent a piece of wood through his printer with success.
My first thoughts were to pull apart an ink jet printer and modify it to accept thicker wood. (Wishful thinking)
I looked up wood veneer and found it at Woodcraft. They carry .010 thick by 2’x8’ coils in oak, cherry and maple. I bought a roll of oak for $46.00 and continued my experiment.
I checked the flexibility and found it to flex the easiest perpendicular to the grain (the way it was packaged. So I cut a paper sized piece with the 11” length parallel to the grain.
I laid out a sign in photoshop, grabbed a line-art cartoon and inserted it.
Now I was ready to watch my printer explode all over the room.
I have 2 different printers. A rear feed epson (90 degree feed) and a front feed Kodak (180 degree feed)
Logic says use the epson for the least bending resistance.
Not a chance. The epson sensors rejected it.
So, upstairs to the kitchen and the unsuspecting Kodak.
I put the oak in, stuck my fingers in my ear, had my safety glasses on, got the women and children out of the way, said a prayer and hit the dreaded PRINT button.
The printer quietly and flawlessly printed the sign.
I glued the veneer to a substate of 1/2” plywood and here is the result.
I have since printed a pic of pelicans on a shack in Florida and the effect is of a charcoal or wood burned display.
More examples to come later when I can fool the Kodak into different modes. It has automatic paper sensing and I think it’s sensing “plain paper”
I have to fool it into “photo quality”
Try it. The printer is no worse for wear, and it adds another dimension for endless ideas and personalized artwork to your projects.