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04-10-2014 06:04 PM


I am wondering if anyone has tried to use—iron-on transfers on wood?

I may have a custom logo to put on some commissioned products and am wondering if that is a good option?

Appreciate any help and other ideas as well!

Thanks all.

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#1 posted 04-10-2014 06:21 PM

I just saw a project from Doug Bordner, on transferring a laser printed image/printing.

Woodworking for Mere Mortals did a cool video on putting color images on from ink jet. For web learning – that ranked a 9.6 on my “that’s cool I have to try it out meter!”

He did a project making garden totes, with old style fruit logos from the 50’s – - then shot a more detailed follow up video on transferring photos (embedded below)

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#2 posted 04-10-2014 06:30 PM

What kind of iron do you mean? I have used a woodburning tool with a transfer tip, and after just a little bit of practice it works well. I have the Weller tool, but if I could do it again I’d buy the Walnut Hollow one that has the adjustable hear setting on it, with the Weller tool you have to really have to dissipate the heat or it will leave unwanted marks on the wood. Jay Bates did a video on transferring with the Weller tool also, he explains it pretty well. Idk maybe a full on old iron would also work well for larger images and text.

The thing I’ve found makes the biggest difference with heat transfers is the paper, use thicker laser paper made a world of difference for me.

here’s Jay’s vid:


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#3 posted 04-10-2014 06:34 PM

Iron-on transfer to wood . . .

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#4 posted 04-10-2014 07:48 PM

Steve Ramsey of Mere Mortals did his transfer method on pine. I am not sure that it would work well on denser woods.

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#5 posted 04-10-2014 09:38 PM

Could be a concern lee – - I wonder how much it really needs to soak in. Pine has a lot of resin, so i woud suspect the ink remains very close to the surface regardless… just think about how usually on just paper, the ink wets the paper but doesn’t really soak through.

The thing to do will be to try it. What do you lose by printing onto a lable sheet and slapping it onto a piece of scrap?

Agree that wood like Oak or ash would likely not work, and you do have to think about background color.. everything that is “white” in the picture, will be the wood color.

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#6 posted 04-11-2014 08:35 AM

check this out
I did this 3 years ago. It works!

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