I have a project where I need to transfer some computer generated
script/pictures to a smooth hard maple surface. I use a ink jet
printer. Does anyone know a process for this. I have done it to
T-shirts using transfer paper but it doesn't work on wood.
You might check Kinko's or one of their competitors. I had one by my
office for a long time that you could take in your image and they
would put it on a thermal transfer sheet (in color if you wanted) and
you used a household iron for transfer.
Of course, if you have laser printer, you can simply reverse the image
and print it on plain paper. With some practice, household iron will
transfer the image to wood very well.
Why not glue it to the wood surface with craft glue? I do it all the time
and it is easy to remove or sand off the paper. I make quite a bit of toys
and the parts are all pretty much made this way.
Print onto paper. Paint the wood with white glue.
When the glue dries, position the paper, press with a
(medium hot) clothes iron. You might want to put some
aluminum foil over the print (so the iron won't get
smeared with ink).
The paper and markings come off with sanding or scraping, of course.
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