Woodworker's Transfer Tool on Wood

It’s so easy to transfer to wood using a 

woodworker’s transfer tool. It’s not only fun to 

do but it can be addictive. 

    (Colonial maple stain)
 (Dark walnut stain)
How to transfer to wood:
You will need a woodworker's transfer tool 
(you can find it on my sidebar)
Paper for your printer - No special kind is needed.
Must use a laser printer - The woodworker's transfer tool melts the toner off the paper and onto the wood.
Sandpaper to smooth out the wood - A light sanding makes the transfer go on fast and easy! (320 extra fine sandpaper) *Just make sure to wipe down the wood after.
Wood for transfer - Wood from the craft store or hardware store.
Wood stain - Or just a sealer would be fine.
Plug in your woodworker's transfer tool and let it heat up for a few minutes. It gets very hot so be careful. Now place your printed picture facing down on the wood. Using pressure go over the image with your woodworkers transfer tool. Go back and forth on the paper with the tool making sure you have transferred the image.  Start slowly peeling up an edge to see how it's transferring. It does not take long for your picture to appear.
This is how the transfer looks on the wood before staining. I transferred the word 'PARIS' darker to stand out.
* Don't forget to mirror image your picture if it has words or numbers on it.
After the transfer I used a dark walnut stain. I liked it but decided to stain it again with colonial maple.

(Dark walnut stain)
(Colonial maple stain)
Happy Crafting!
 (Think of all the possibilities)
Make decorative cutting boards, lazy susans, plaques, art for your home, planters, a welcome sign for your front door, party signs, herb garden sticks, Mother's Day poems, bible verses, etc.
The woodworker's transfer tool is on my sidebar.
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Debbiedoos said...

That looks awesome Dee. You are sooooo good girl!

Gina said...

What a great looking sign, Dee!

I need to try my Woodworker's Tool again!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I love that Dee!!

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Hi Dee, I just love these Frenchy signs... they are truly awesome! And your tags are always so beautiful...love 'em especially the French chalkboard tags with the fleur de lis... those are my favorite! You are incredibly talented and I love visiting you and your wonderful posts:)Thanks for your kind note.Have a great week!~Poppy

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

I love it Dee! Will the tool work on funiture pieces such as tables? Or do you need a softer wood? Would love to try this.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Dee,

You are one smart lady! Lovely end result and rather simple to do.
Have a great week and hope your dentist's visit was a good one.

Love to you,


Gypsy Heart said...

I LOVE this! You are so clever. Well, I don't have a laser printer or I would order one of the woodworking tools. This is a great idea!

Hey, I painted a table today. It still needs something though. I will try to post photos and would welcome your suggestions.


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, Dee it is gorgeous. I can't tell you how many times I have forgotten to reverse the image!


Gloria said...

It looks great, and the process is so simple. A girl and her tools, love it!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I have to try this again, Dee. Maybe I'm letting it get too hot? Or I'm staying too long in each spot. Yours turned out great ~ again! : )

Crystal said...

So cool!

Anonymous said...

That is pretty cool Dee. I need more time to take up DIY stuff like this.

Quiet Luxury

Paula@SweetPea said...

I've never heard of this tool and am glad to know that it exists. Your sign is really attractive.

Mary Anne said...

Thanks for the inspiration Dee. Guess what I am going to buy today!!! Going to give it a try.

Mary Anne ox

Anonymous said...


DIYbyDesign said...

That's a super cute idea. I love the idea of transferring onto wood. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

Janette - The2Seasons said...

When we were kids, my brother had one of those wood-carving tools. We used it to get in trouble. Too bad I didn't hone my skills back then. Your creation is amazing!!!

Sue said...

You must have the right touch, Dee. The transfer looks great. My pal Kathy said she had some problems using hers, but I see in her comment that she's gonna try it again. Maybe I can con her into doing it with me! Two great minds should get it to work, right? LOL

Linda said...

Your sign is too cute. Love it.

ANNE said...

Awesome!! love it.

Thanks for popping by my blog.


Little Miss Maggie said...

I've had one of these tools for years and never use it. You are so inspiring. Thanks

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Love it! It's nice to see a new technique!

Cynthia said...

Hi Dee, I love the way thi turned out. Great job!


Emily said...

I love how that turned out, especially after the stain. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Dee, this is great! It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful idea!

Vanessa said...

Hi, Dee

Thanks for the tutorial I what to go out and buy one of these now. My husband is going to love you. LOL

Have a great weekend.


Barbara Jean said...

love your project!!

Do you think an iron would work to transfer pattern??? Or maybe it does not get as hot???


barbara jean

Charlotte Wilson said...


Thanks so much for posting a video tutorial! I am a visual learner so this especially helped me.

I was using Citr Solve with a laser print with no success.


Amy Fountain said...

This is just sweet! Paris reminds me of romantic and alluring themes.

I Play Outside The Box said...

Fabulous!! Found you over at MRL!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Your board looks fabulous!!! Great tute on the transfer. Thanks so much for sharing @ catch as catch can.

Unknown said...

They are all so pretty with the different finishes!! Great tutorial on using the transfer tool. Thanks for sharing at Link It Up Thursday.

Woodworkin' & Good Eats said...

That is such a good idea. I have never seen it. I make these hamburger presses, that I give away to my grilling buds, and I've always wished I had away to stamp the bottom with a small "handmade by, Steve". I'm going to try your transfer idea. Thanks so much. Come on over and visit maybe you will become a follower, I following you, now. Thanks again for this great idea. Steve

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for linking, There is another one going on right now...I would love to see you there.
Happy Mother's day!

Cynthia said...

I love this project it came out great. I have to get one those and get into that. Is it difficult to do? I saw you onThe Vintage Farmhouse.


srpprcrftr said...

I am so excited about this technique I can hardly wait to try it. I think I already have the transfer tool. I will be looking into getting a laser printer or find out where there is one I can use to pay for prints.
I'm not exactly too digitally proficient but will do what I can to do this technique so I can transfer images.
It must have been meant to be for me to find your blog tonight. Do I have to have a certain kind of laser printer or quality? So glad you shared this technique. To reply please send to: FurryKidzPaperworx@gmail.com thanks

Unknown said...

So glad to have found this post. I know I must be looking over it but I can't find the info on the side bar about the actual transfer tool. What kind is it? I've seen a couple online but not sure of the wattage needed or what might be too much.

Also, do you think this would work on chalk painted pieces without the heat changing the color of the paint?

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

I have the exact same question as Marilyn Matthews above. I'd love to know if this tool will transfer images onto chalk painted pieces. I've tried many different transfer methods, but so many mess up my paint job.

thanks in advance, Kim

I'm ordering a tool as soon as I post this!

Anonymous said...

I love anything Paris... I simply cannot help myself.. so when I noticed this post I had to say something.... it's really a great tutorial and just fun. I'll have to try this myself and make my very own Paris sign!! So exciting... Sharon

Anonymous said...

You shared it on #simplybebetsy ~ great. The transfer tool is so cool can't wait to try it. Sharon (and of course, Denise)

Leesa Chittle said...

Have you ever tried this method on painted wood?

Lana said...

Hi, I love your blog, CAn you help me to figure out what im doing wrong, I did everything like you said, but transfer is almost invisible, does the copy should be fresh or it can be hours later? or i dont know what else.... Thank you!

Carrie said...

Hi I just discovered your post on woodworkers transfer tool where you say it can be purchased on your sidebar but I cannot find it. Can you please advise. Thank you


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