cut out the four eggcup templates using scissors. I drilled
a hole in the center through all four at once, then used the
scroll saw to cut out the circle for the egg. The two pieces
fit together simply, no glue, nails or clamping required.
I thought of printing some more, but first wanted to turn
the design into a postcard. This way, the recipients would
have a novel wooden Easter card that they could cut and put
together themselves. This would give them a fun holiday project
and a nice wooden eggcup in the end.
eggcup pieces, ready for assembly.
potential uses for this technique include printing digital
or scanned photographs on the wood. You could use a photo-editing
program to put borders around the photos; these borders would
make for built-in frames ready for cutting to size. You could
also use this method to create doll house furniture. Finally,
if you are a train modeler, you could take a digital picture
of a building you want to include in the set (maybe your own
house) and then print your own building kit.
The printing is not very sharp, so it is best to use fairly
coarse detail. I used my Epson® printer for this experiment
and I have used it since with no ill effects noticed. I'm
sure that there are other printer models that will work better;
maybe some that have a straight-feed option for cardboard
in which the rear opens up to allow the wood to be fed in
without having to bend it. Other printers may not work at
all. I don't think I broke my printer, but at the same time,
I cannot guarantee that it will not break yours, so please