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 11-08-2011 02:22 PM

That is really slick. Thanks for the tip.

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#2 posted 11-08-2011 02:29 PM

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 11-08-2011 03:18 PM

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 11-08-2011 03:27 PM

Very nice…thank you!!!

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

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#5 posted 11-08-2011 03:56 PM

will be using this lots thanks for showing us how.

-- Leanne, Australia,

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#6 posted 11-08-2011 04:13 PM

That is a fantastic mate !!

Thanks for sharing that great idea !!!

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

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#7 posted 11-08-2011 04:38 PM

That’s a great effect.

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

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#8 posted 11-08-2011 04:47 PM

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 11-08-2011 05:08 PM

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 11-08-2011 05:24 PM

The possibilities with this are limitless!

Thank you for sharing this…brilliant!


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#11 posted 11-08-2011 05:41 PM

Really cool. . .

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#12 posted 11-08-2011 05:56 PM

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 11-08-2011 06:20 PM

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

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#14 posted 11-08-2011 06:28 PM

What a great Idea! also great video thanks!

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#15 posted 11-08-2011 07:13 PM

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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