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r0ckstarr 01-22-2014 06:04 PM

How to transfer a design onto wood?
I built a 2ft wide by 3ft long by 14inch high wooden box based off of the design of an old crate I seen.

I used cheap white-wood to build it, and I stained it with Minwax Ipswich Pine stain.

I then took a design from a wine crate, ran it through photoshop, and modified the design. It's a black design with no colors to it.

How can I transfer the design onto the wood? I could hand draw the entire design, but I am looking for a less time consuming approach.

I found this video and was considering this method. But, then I started wondering if maybe I shouldn't have stained the wood first. And, if I didn't stain it first, would the stain make the design bleed?

Any other suggestions or ideas?

BigJim 01-22-2014 08:48 PM

I don't know how it would work over stain but on bare wood you can print it out and iron it on, works pretty good on tee shirts.

danpik 01-23-2014 06:27 AM

Carbon paper is one method I used many times to transfer patterns. Another old trick from when we used to do custom paint work on cars was to use a sewing pounce wheel. Small wheel with teeth that make a line of penetrations in the paper pattern. You then place the paper over the work surface and use a chalk bag to leave a chalk trace thru the holes on the surface. Once the paper is removed you can trace with pencil or outline with tape.

woodworkbykirk 01-23-2014 01:14 PM

id do the carbon paper thing, it works very well. a buddy does custom artwork on skateboard decks, he first draws it out on regualr paper then transfers it with carbon paper

oh'mike 01-23-2014 01:33 PM

Great video---I want to try that heat transfer----that technique has a lot of uses.

r0ckstarr 01-23-2014 02:10 PM

Thanks. I'll try both techniques on some scrap wood and see how they turn out.

Rango 01-23-2014 02:51 PM

The laser toner inks aren't going to be light fast. You could print it the size you want position it, hinge the bottom with tape, drop it down to expose the back, spray with art adhesive, flip it back up, burnish it down and use an Exacto knife to cut out the design. Then spray or roll the paint, stain, whatever.

oh'mike 01-23-2014 04:16 PM

I still want to try it even if the sun will cause some fading over time---

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