5 Ways to Print on Wood | DIY Image Transfer

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  1. If you want a detailed write up you can see it here: http://fixthisbuildthat.com/print-on-wood-5-ways-diy-image-transfer/

    Also, all prints were mirror image from a laser printer and normal multipurpose copy paper. I do not own an inkjet printer anymore so couldn't test those methods.

  2. hey, why the white part of the paper never stays in the wood? only the black part? is it because of the paper or because of the toner?

  3. Tried it with inkjet…… Not even 1mm of ink was transferred
    Borrowed a laserprinter and got some acrillic, better result

  4. I tried the polycrylic technique multiple times and it does not nearly come out as clean as it does here. Its nearly impossible to rub off the paper without rubbing off the ink. My work looks patchy, clearly seeing the remaining paper and the exposed wood.

  5. Hopefully one of these will work for an upcoming model airplane build. The plane is no longer made but ive been able to print a pdf of the plans. The wing ribs are where i need image transfer the most since there so many of them. Thanks!

  6. does the Polycrylic also have to be with a laser printed image? i dont have a laser printer but this is the 2nd instance recently where i've noticed a laser printer is needed for something i wanted to make

  7. anyone here that can tell me which one worked the best with ink printed? I have a ink printer and want to do this for the bookshelf i made to customize the outer design

  8. i would think dampening the wood and or using the steam setting with the clothes iron may do the trick..and fresh printed ink will likely transfer to a cleaner image. and almost any wood/craft glue that drys clear will work like gel medium and works on most fabrics just as well😉

  9. Has anyone tried the polycrylic on painted wood instead of bare wood? Does the poly mess up the paint? I want to have a white background on my wood. Thanks!

  10. I've actually watched this video a few times and I have 2 questions 1 the iron on method seems like the Woodhead ridges in it and the transfer of work better on the high spots and nearly completely missed the low spots so I wonder if it was plained in dead flat if that would work better the other question is with the acrylic how would that affect staining the wood or blending with other parts of the word that needed to be stained

  11. How about polyacrylic, but instead of printing onto paper, print onto OHP transparency plastic? That might solve the problem of the paper coming apart as you try to remove it from the work.

  12. "it might be better if you had a hotter iron or a more isolated heat source" Like a pyrography pen with a transfer tip that's made for that?

  13. Hello Brad, thx for the great video!I tested your method but instead of polycrylic I used wood glue, and the result was very satisfying

  14. I've done quite a bit of toner transfer on copper clad board for making custom PCBs. I've had a hard time getting it to turn out correctly. I would print on magazine paper and iron it on then soak it in cold water. It was just inconsistent. At the time, a 20% fail rate was acceptable, but it's just not acceptable now. I haven't tried on wood, but I imagine it's the same. I'll try the polycrylic method sometime. I hadn't heard of that.

  15. I tried the acetone method a few times, always new prints from a laser and doesn't work. In the video I noticed a few edits so I have to imagine he did something in between. I was so excited to try this… oh well.

  16. PRO TIP: use cheap 20 lbs copy paper to print on. I keep a nice heavy 24 lb. bright white quality paper in my laser printer. I used this for my image without thinking and This made the removal of the paper from the wood much more difficult and time consuming than it needed to be.
    So, just use cheap ordinary 20 lb. paper. Trust me. I refer to the polycrylic method.

  17. Get some printable vinyl and use a printer that has non compatible ink to print the picture you want transfer. The ink wont dry on the vinyl and you can slap the picture on a piece of wood to transfer it. You can use a piece of painters tape on one edge of the picture to hold it straight when transferring the picture.

  18. I just tried the polycrylic method and as I was adding the water and gently brushing the paper off, most of the ink came off the wood as well. Any thoughts on where I went wrong?

  19. I have tried the polycrylic method but struggling. When I'm taking the paper off it is so taking the ink off aswell with the paper and the more I rub at it the more the ink comes off 🙁 can someone help please ?

  20. Brad, have you ever tried the gel method on wooden turned pens, given the curvature of the pen , how would a name turn out? Any chance of trying this? thks, good video…

  21. I think the problem with the iron is the same as with the laser
    The wood is uneven, but the iron is flat so it can't iron on the lower parts of the woods 🙂
    Maybe it the wood was completely flat and smoothly sanded it would have worked 🙂

    Thanks for the cool inspiration
    I might look for polycrylic in the shop 😀

  22. I did photo teansfers a couple times with mod podge type medium and was a little disappointed and you are telling me that Polycrylic works wonders???? I use Polycrylic for work EVERDAY so i already have tons of it! Thanks for the tip!

  23. An alternative to acetone is xylol/xylene. There's a brand of marker, ChartPak, that uses it in their blending marker. We used to use that by covering small areas with it and burnishing it with the back of a wooden spoon. When the marker went dry we'd just pour a little xylene into a shot glass, put the tip of the marker in, and let it soak overnight.

    Your acetone method looks a LOT faster though, and I wonder if you could use the card/towel with xylol and how the effects would compare.

  24. Yeah, i bet the laser wasn´t cheap because you give to much praise, it looked horrific compared to the other prints(maybe not the clothes iron). waste of money. Thanks for the video.

  25. Wow, a life time of craftsmanship information in about 10 minutes!! Thank you! You also presented it in a way that was to the point. Didn’t waste any time. Yet gave all the good tips. excellent video production skills!

  26. I've tried the polycrylic method on a white wood project I'm working on and every time I end up gently gently gently scrubbing it off and I end up with big chunks missing every time, little holes in the black… so frustrating. Any tips?

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