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I’ve recently seen a few videos on transferring pictures onto wood and wanted to give it a quick try. Turns out to be pretty cool. I was hoping there may be a few others out there that would comment and share what worked for them, what they’ve done, etc. It would be helpful for me to learn from others’ experiences as well. The one thing I will plan on doing on a real project next is actually covering the whole piece of wood with the mod podge as well. You can kinda see how the wood seems two-tone from where mod podge from the paper was applied, and not the entire piece of wood.

And being from Oregon, of course I had to try this process out with northwest teams :)

Thanks for looking!

-- WestCoastWoods.weebly.com





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KnotCurser

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#1 posted 325 days ago

That looks great!

I’ve got a whole blog on this process – only I don’t use modge podge.

Take a gander: http://lumberjocks.com/KnotCurser/blog/36527

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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brianadams

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#2 posted 325 days ago

Thanks! That was definitely helpful :)

-- WestCoastWoods.weebly.com

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Belg1960

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#3 posted 325 days ago

Brian, I saw a you tube video where the technique was to use lacquer thinner to transfer the image from a laser printed image. Seemed much easier looking!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj3X0vLWtEY

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 325 days ago

That’s neat. Any pics on how you do it?.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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brianadams

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#5 posted 325 days ago

Pat, that seemed so much easier! Thanks for that, I’m definitely gonna give that a try later on!

Jim, I didn’t really take any other pictures of this one, it was kind of an afterthought to actually post it since it did turn out so well. But this was the first video that got me interested. The only difference is I didn’t use any of that gel medium, just mod podge! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ2YUeLviYw

-- WestCoastWoods.weebly.com

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brianadams

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#6 posted 325 days ago

Oh, and this was done with an inkjet printer so if laser is not what you have, my process did still work :)

-- WestCoastWoods.weebly.com

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7Footer

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#7 posted 325 days ago

Brian I have been experimenting with the photo transfer quite a bit as well (and KnotCurser was the one who turned me onto it his blog definitely helped), I’ve been using the matte gel medium, it works really well I’ve just found that I need to be careful with having as little ‘squeeze out’ as possible, because once that crap dries its too hard to sand it off without damaging your image, and if you are going to put a finish on it the line around the image is too prominent, I tried to put some hops leaves on a 22 oz. tote I made and ended up just sanding the whole thing off because once I put some spray lacquer on it, it looked terrible. Anyway I’m sure I just need some more experimenting but I also want to try the gloss gel medium and see how different it looks, I think that the only difference is the matte allows the grain to show through the image and the gloss doesn’t, is that right KnotCurser? If it is then maybe the gloss will look better when you are going to put a lacquer finish on it.

Is Mod Podge a gloss or a matte finish?

Those logos look really clean though. Nice job! I’ve been thinking about doing one of my beer pong tables with gel medium… Ducks will still be fine, but man frigging Colt Lyerla is a dumbass!

-- If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did." -

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brianadams

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#8 posted 325 days ago

Ohh yeah I see what you’re saying. I’ve seen a buncha YouTube videos using that medium gel as well. The mod podge you can get in either finish, matte or gloss. I chose matte as well. Also, I tried a second one at the same time as this on a little scrap of purpleheart of a picture of me and my girlfriend, but the wood is just too dark, seems like only lighter woods will really make an image pop!

Are you guys using laser or inkjet?

I’ve only read/seen where they say to use laser, but my inkjet seemed to work pretty well actually.

-- WestCoastWoods.weebly.com

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KnotCurser

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#9 posted 325 days ago

Well, since I was asked…..... ;-)

I have tried using Modge Podge and haven’t noticed any better results than simple spray lacquer.

The only type I have used so far is the “Satin” finish, but I doubt matte or gloss would have any issues.

What I think the solution to your problem of seeing the outline is – coat your entire board with the gel finish, and it it lightly. If you notice in my blog, I lightly apply the medium to the entire surface and then simply put the image on top of it and use a scraper to ensure it’s embedded well.

As long as the medium dries evenly on the entire surface I think you won’t be able to see any outline as it simply won’t be there.

Make sense?

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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7Footer

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#10 posted 325 days ago

Yeah that makes sense, I never even thought of that! I will definitely have to try it.. The only thing is if I use it on something like my growler totes, then I would have to use gel medium as a finish on the entire thing, and I like how the spray lacquer makes that green in the poplar jump out, and I don’t know if the gel medium will have the same effect… Thanks though that is an idea I’ll have to try.

Laser toner is the only one that works as far as I know Brian.

I’ve really struggled with the image transfer when using lacquer thinner and acetone via rubbing the back of the paper, but of the 2 acetone has given me better results. I’ve been using a heat gun to heat both the wood and the paper beforehand when I use that method.

-- If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did." -

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Brandon

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#11 posted 324 days ago

Thanks for posting this! I just tried the laser printer and lacquer thinner method and it worked perfectly. I couldn’t believe how fast and easy it was.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Belg1960

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#12 posted 324 days ago

Yeah Brandon it has worked very well for me too. Just have to make really sure to hold it perfectly still while rubbing with the lacquer thinner. Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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brianadams

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#13 posted 324 days ago

Wow awesome! That’s great to know from multiple people that that method works, so thank you guys! I’ll have to give that a try sometime too.

-- WestCoastWoods.weebly.com

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becikeja

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#14 posted 323 days ago

Looks good. I need to try this?

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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brianadams

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#15 posted 322 days ago

Thanks! I would definitely recommend giving it a try!

-- WestCoastWoods.weebly.com

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