Editor's Note: While the author did not damage his printer
when using the following technique, it cannot be guaranteed
that it will not damage or break other printer models. Please
proceed with caution. A rear- or top-loading printer, as opposed
to a front-loading printer, is recommended.
|These eggcup holders make a fun and easy Easter-themed project.
I recently bought some sheets of 0.8 mm (1/32") birch
plywood to use for making Easter ornaments. I was planning
to draw some egg and bunny shapes on the wood, cut them out
and then use crayons to color them in. I noticed how smooth
and flexible the sheets were, so I wondered whether I could
print directly on the wood instead of hand drawing each individual
item. If I could put the sheet through my inkjet printer,
I could print all kinds of patterns and colors on it and it
would be easy to cut afterwards.
The wood is mainly flexible in one direction, so when cutting
out a sheet to fit the printer, I had to make sure that it
was aligned in the direction of maximum flexibility. The plywood
comes in 25" square sheets, each of which divides nicely
into six sheets of 8-1/3" x 12-1/2". That's just
a bit narrower and a bit longer than letter-sized paper (8-1/2"
x 11") and leaves no waste. When cutting, I put some
MDF under the sheet. I found that for long, straight cuts,
it was easier to use a Stanley knife than scissors.