LumberJocks

Best Way to Transfer Design From Computer to Wood

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by kaschimer posted 939 days ago 5496 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View kaschimer's profile

kaschimer

89 posts in 994 days


939 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: computer design transfer

Someone has to have done this before…

I am trying to transfer a design I created from the computer to a piece of wood, with the end result being that I will carve (or very carefully route out) the design.

What are my options?

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown


18 replies so far

View DIYaholic's profile (online now)

DIYaholic

12977 posts in 1279 days


#1 posted 939 days ago

A DIY CNC Router! Lol.

Print out on paper attach with spray adhesive, trace with exacto then carve. Just a thought.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

View jhawkinnc's profile

jhawkinnc

111 posts in 1905 days


#2 posted 939 days ago

One option would be to print out the design on paper and apply it to your wood with a light coat of spray adhesive. If you tear away the paper while carving/routing, apply another piece of paper.

View kaschimer's profile

kaschimer

89 posts in 994 days


#3 posted 939 days ago

OK, so funny, DIYaholic…. you LOLd your suggestion, but I am totally going to make that CNC router… after I am done with the current project. How hard could it be, right?

DIY CNC Router: http://buildyourcnc.com/default.aspx

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown

View DIYaholic's profile (online now)

DIYaholic

12977 posts in 1279 days


#4 posted 939 days ago

I did not want to OFFEND anyone’s sensibilities!!!

Have you checked out www.cnczone.com ? a GREAT site for anything cnc, metalworking, woodworking and even some other stuff. I plan on building a 3’ x 4’ moving gantry router, once my basement shop is up & running and the budget will allow, CNCs can (but don’t have to) get expensive!

Do/will you have a build log of your CNC router? Inquiring minds want to know!

Good luck with your carving.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

View casual1carpenter's profile

casual1carpenter

353 posts in 1080 days


#5 posted 939 days ago

I think I remember reading somewhere that laser or toner based photocopies, not inkjet, will somewhat transfer to wood with medium to medium-high heat, like clothes iron or a heat transfer tool that comes with some wood burning kits. never tried it myself, but a $0.25 xerox and the wife’s iron, might be worth a shot.

View kaschimer's profile

kaschimer

89 posts in 994 days


#6 posted 939 days ago

If other members think it would be interesting, sure I will post a build log.

Seems like a very interesting project, and if don right and well, potential to make some $$ doing custom engravings…

Has anyone else attempted a CNC router build?

@casual1carpenter – I will try your suggestion tonight.

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

112001 posts in 2181 days


#7 posted 939 days ago

There are a number of folks who have posted shop made cnc units on Ljs just search in under the Ljs search button.

Like this

http://lumberjocks.com/search_results?cx=016283335483199634424%3A4na88symhay&cof=FORID%3A9&safe=high&q=CNC+build&sa.x=6&sa.y=12

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View dbhost's profile

dbhost

5378 posts in 1836 days


#8 posted 939 days ago

Do you have an LCD projector? I use one to transfer drawings to sheets of ply for holiday lawn ornaments that I cut out with the jig saw. Just project the image, trace with a sharpie, then get busy with the jig saw and sander, paint and detailing is sort of like a kid using a coloring book at that point…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

View kaschimer's profile

kaschimer

89 posts in 994 days


#9 posted 939 days ago

Hmmm, no LCD projector, but also a very good method. Thanks for the input. I wonder if I can borrow one from work? :)

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown

View mpounders's profile

mpounders

718 posts in 1500 days


#10 posted 939 days ago

You might have difficulty finding it, but carbon or graphite paper still work. Staples had some. I use either that or spray adhesive, depending on how complex the design is. I haven’t had much success with the iron-on method, but I haven’t purchased one of the special transfer irons either! You do have to reverse-print your design if doing the iron-on, depending on the design.

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

View bent's profile

bent

311 posts in 2273 days


#11 posted 939 days ago

a little different than what you’re wanting to do, but still a cool technique:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/52249

View DS's profile

DS

2131 posts in 1025 days


#12 posted 939 days ago

If I’m carving from a computer drawing, I will print actual size and glue it right to the face of the board I am carving. 3M’s Spray 90 adhesive works well for this, as well as, watered down white glue.

Any flat areas in that remain uncarved in the final product need the adhesive sanded off, but carvings are typically sanding-intensive anyways.

If you don’t want adhesive on the face, you could trace your paper pattern over carbon transfer paper to get the drawing on your work-piece.

The only better way I am aware of, is to transfer via g-code and CNC router. (Which several have already mentioned.)

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

View jim C's profile

jim C

1452 posts in 1703 days


#13 posted 938 days ago

Try this. Print on the veneer, glue, nail etc. to what you are going to carve, carve, good to go.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/52249

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

View kaschimer's profile

kaschimer

89 posts in 994 days


#14 posted 938 days ago

OK, I ended up going to the office store and grabbing a set of “iron on” transfer paper…

It worked OK. Essentially sticks the design to the wood (mostly). There’s a bit to clean up and sand, but it did essentially what I needed it to do.

I started defining the outline of the design last night (Scottish clan crest) and started carving out the easy bits. I am new to carving altogether, so this should be interesting…

Thanks everyone for your input. After this project, I am going to start the CNC

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown

View DIYaholic's profile (online now)

DIYaholic

12977 posts in 1279 days


#15 posted 937 days ago

I look forward to your CNC Blog. Post pictures & Video!!!! Please!

Oh, did I mention to post PICTURES & VIDEO?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

showing 1 through 15 of 18 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase