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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.

TIARA…BOOM…DE AYE

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.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!





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uutank

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#1 posted 1073 days ago

wow I love it! Great idea.

-- Ray,VA

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jim C

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#2 posted 1073 days ago

I might add that it’s impervious to clear finishes.
I might stain the oak first and see what happens.
Lots of experimentation to go. HA!

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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wiswood2

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#3 posted 1073 days ago

That is a great idea.I would like to know how the others come out. Good luck.
Chuck.

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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MasterSergeant

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#4 posted 1073 days ago

Awesome, necessity is the mother of invention after all!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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StumpyNubs

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#5 posted 1073 days ago

Great idea!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at: http://www.stumpynubs.com

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WilsonCreations

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#6 posted 1073 days ago

I wonder if you put a band of photo quaity paper on the leading edge if that might fool it?

-- Wilson

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rance

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#7 posted 1073 days ago

Nice job on stretching the envelope of thinking.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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David Grimes

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#8 posted 1073 days ago

Cool ! I have Kodak printers and am glad to hear they can handle this chore. Thanks.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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chrisstef

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#9 posted 1073 days ago

Im goin for it .. with the price of ink they have basically made the printer a disposable item. The wifes gonna love this one ….

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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jim C

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#10 posted 1073 days ago

Wison,
My exact idea of a strip of photo quality paper.
Great minds think alike! HA!
That’s my chore for tomorrow.
If you guys come up with unique ideas based on this, submit them and keep the thread going.
I’m just started with the possibilities of this.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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clieb91

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#11 posted 1073 days ago

Certainly will continue to watch this thread. I have had the best luck in printing with a Laser printer then ironing it on to the wood. I like the idea of printing directly on the veneer though.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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David Grimes

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#12 posted 1073 days ago

I could see using this to make a clock face…

Also, have you tried the photo quality (even the 3D) on the veneer ? I’m wondering how well the veneer can capture those type things ?

Please update as you experiment.

Thanks,

DG

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Sodabowski

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#13 posted 1073 days ago

Wow, dude, that’s daring. I will definately give it a try.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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thelt

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#14 posted 1073 days ago

Terrific idea. I’m gonna try it with my Cannon rear feed. Keep us updated.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 1073 days ago

You might want to take a look at screen printing as well. You can easily build a screen printer and the screens are not that difficult to make.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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