How to add color to wood

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In my class the students are able to add pictures to the wood box project by printing it out on regular paper using a laser printer (not an ink jet). I made a YouTube video on how to do this and it has become popular so I thought it would be good to bring to lumberjocks too. I was shown this trick by another teacher that was using it to transfer black and white photocopied images to wood and to then wood burn it. I decided to try it with color and it worked.

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#1 posted 990 days ago

That is really slick. Thanks for the tip.

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#2 posted 990 days ago

Thanks, I don’t have time to look now but I added it to favorites so I can look later.

-- Mel,

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#3 posted 990 days ago

Thats so awesome!! Can you seal it with anything after your transfer?

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#4 posted 990 days ago

Very nice…thank you!!!

-- Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#5 posted 990 days ago

will be using this lots thanks for showing us how.

-- Leanne, Australia,

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#6 posted 990 days ago

That is a fantastic mate !!

Thanks for sharing that great idea !!!

well done on video !! very informative with the steps !!!

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Michael Wilson

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#7 posted 990 days ago

That’s a great effect.

err… potentially stupid question, but… no water in the iron right?

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#8 posted 990 days ago

Very cool.
Do you use water or oil based poly for your clear coat? More importantly have you found any finishes that don’t work well on top of the transferred image?

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#9 posted 990 days ago

That is a great idea!! I am wondering the same as everyone else. Did you have any problems finishing?

-- Tim C., Sgt. Bluff, Iowa.

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#10 posted 990 days ago

The possibilities with this are limitless!

Thank you for sharing this…brilliant!


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#11 posted 990 days ago

Really cool. . .

-- George, Loxahatchee Florida,

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#12 posted 990 days ago

seems like there could be copyright issues transfering other peoples artwork without permission.Don’t really know,just wondering.Very cool idea.

--,the best teacher is repetition.

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#13 posted 990 days ago

Many thanx, Shop Teacher. Great way to add Grand kids names to projects.

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#14 posted 990 days ago

What a great Idea! also great video thanks!

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#15 posted 990 days ago

Very interesting – a big leap forward from the iron-pictures-on-tee-shirts systems!

Regarding protective finish, I’ve just started using Renaissance Wax and if all the claimed attributes are true, it would seem to be ideal for this application.

If I can find a laser printer, I’ll give it a try.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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