How To Use a Laser Printer to Transpose Photos Onto Furniture

How To Use a Laser Printer to Transpose Photos Onto Furniture

Gregory Han
Apr 3, 2013

Here's a unique way to put a laser printer to use beyond printing out TPS reports, Peter. Reddit user jmsndrnkr and his brother put their carpentry skills to work, assembling handsome all-wood coffee tables, and then embellished the tabletops with photographs transposed using large format laser printer printouts!

So how does he get the image from the laser printed sheet onto the furniture pieces? According to jmsndrnkr's answers over at Reddit, transfers are made by applying medium acrylic gel or Mod Podge onto the sheets faced down onto the transfer surface, with sections of the large format print removed piece by piece in the final stages of the transfer process!

"...the thicker [the paper] is, the easier it is to remove. I get it done at Staples (which as a photographer who prints his own images, is very embarrassing to admit). You want it to actually be pretty heavy so that you can tear away large parts at a time. Staples can Laser print up to 40 inches wide and as long as the roll, so it is a good resource. The employees are not very careful, so there are some gouges and whatnot... adds character IMO."
One doesn't have to aim for a large coffee table as a canvas. A spare side table or stool could get similar smaller scale treatment with a letter-sized home laser printer (or perhaps your office's machine if you've got the a-ok).  Here's a video of someone showing how to use an iron and single sheet laser printer transfers:

Check out more photos and a glimpse behind the process over here, dust off the old laser printer, and get planning!

(Images: jmsndrnkr)

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