Wood Logo Transfer

This project provides a creative way to display a custom image or logo for any business.

Wood Logo Transfer

This project provides a creative way to display a custom image or logo for any business.

Difficulty: Easy

Materials
18" × 24" × ½" pine plywood board (or desired size)
18" × 24" graphite paper (or size to match the plywood board)
18" × 24" printed logo or image (or size to match the plywood board)
Painter’s tape
Pencil
Wood-burning tool with chisel bit (can be found at your local hardware store)
220-grit sanding block
Dry rag
12" French cleat
Triangle
½" wood screws
1" drywall anchor screws
Drill with Phillips head drill bit
Wood stain
Paintbrush

Steps

  1. Plug in the wood-burning tool and allow it to heat up for 15 minutes
  2. Lay the plywood board on a flat surface and place the graphite paper, graphite side down, on top. Secure the graphite paper in place with painter’s tape
  3. Lay the printed image right side up on top of the graphite paper. Ensure the image is straight, and secure it in place with painter’s tape
  4. Use a pencil to trace the image

  5. Design Tip: Apply firm, even pressure when tracing to ensure the image is transferred through the graphite paper and onto the plywood board.
  6. Keeping the other sides taped down, lift one side of the paper to ensure that the image was transferred completely. Resecure the tape and retrace the image in certain areas if necessary. You can also draw directly on the plywood to fill in the design
  7. Remove the tape, image and graphite paper to reveal the transferred image on the plywood board
  8. Hold the wood-burning tool like a pencil and use it to trace the image, burning it into the plywood board

  9. Design Tip: Try creating dots with the wood-burning tool along the lines of the image, and then connect those dots. Be careful when using the wood-burning tool. It is extremely hot – grab it by the handle only
  10. Once the wood-burned image is complete, use the sanding block to sand the image, removing any unwanted graphite or pencil marks
  11. Use a dry rag to wipe any sanding grit from the image
  12. Next, flip over the plywood board to secure the French cleat mounting device to the back
  13. Measure approximately 6" down from the top of the board. Using the triangle as a straight edge, draw a straight line from the edge of the board, and use the French cleat to finish the line
  14. Line up the French cleat (screws at the top, open side down) at the center of the drawn line, and secure in place with a drill and wood screws. Only place screws in every two or three holes
  15. Flip the board over and apply wood stain with a paintbrush until the entire surface is covered, removing any excess with a dry rag. Remember to stain the side edges of the plywood
  16. Allow to dry for 1 hour
  17. Hanging the Plywood Board
  18. Locate the desired spot on the wall where the board will be hung
  19. Place the second side of the French cleat against the wall (screws at the bottom, open side up), and use the level on the French cleat to straighten
  20. Secure in place with the drill and drywall anchor screws
  21. Lift the plywood board and slide it down onto the wall so the French cleats meet and lock, holding the plywood board in place