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Old 04-05-2007, 01:05 AM   #1
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Inkjet Printing on Wood

I recently decided to modify a cheap inkjet printer (Lexmark Z645 for $20 at Wal-Mart) to see if it could be setup to print on thick stock. I decided to try for 1/8" wood because that would work out to 3/4" in 1/6. The hack took about two hours. The printer will take a maximum width of 3". I have been working on some layouts for US 37mm ammo crates. I have taken some pictures of my first attempt. The box is slightly to narrow and short to hold the cardboard ammo tubes that I have made, but I wanted to get some feedback on the attempt. Eventually, I hope to have it fit 20 ammo tubes with rounds from Panzerwerks. Let me know what you think of this method. Thanks





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Old 04-05-2007, 01:09 AM   #2
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we might have to trade for the shells ! looks way cool !
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:31 AM   #3
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Spectacular results!! Now spill the beans and post a how to dang you!
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:34 AM   #4
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Looks pretty good.

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Old 04-05-2007, 01:37 AM   #5
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great job! and a great cost effective idea. Thanks!
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:21 AM   #6
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That looks great! Do you have any pictures of your cardboard tubes?
Doy you have plans to make these available for sale in the future to those of us who are not as mechanicly inclined?
Thanks for the pics.
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:43 AM   #7
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cool idea that worked out great!
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Old 04-05-2007, 03:50 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the positive replys. I am posting a few pictures of the ammo tubes and decals. The tubes are made out of four layers of brown craft paper. I cut strips to 1/2" wide and wrap them around brass tubes. When the layers are glued together, they are removed from the tubes. It works fairly well and is quick to do. I have made over 100 tubes. I am trying to get a die made to make a better metal end. Pop cans are about the right weight of metal to make the ends, but I would like more detail. The 37mm rounds in the pictures are from Panzerwerk and are great. They fit the tubes perfectly. The decals are printed using water slide decal paper from Testors. The tubes need to have the decals applied and then they need to be varnished.

If there is enough interest, I will get another printer and modify it so I can do a photo tutorial. When it is done, it will probably be up for trade or sale. I may also do a tutorial on making the tubes if members want it. Thanks again.







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Old 04-05-2007, 03:50 AM   #9
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I just retired my old printer, A little show and tell?
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Old 04-05-2007, 04:16 AM   #10
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If there is enough interest, I will get another printer and modify it so I can do a photo tutorial. When it is done, it will probably be up for trade or sale. I may also do a tutorial on making the tubes if members want it.
Definitely interest here
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Old 04-05-2007, 07:48 AM   #11
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The crates and the tubes look great!

Nice work all around!
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:52 AM   #12
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Brilliant!


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Old 04-05-2007, 06:03 PM   #13
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I need some of the crates and the Ammo tubes. Are they available?
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Old 04-05-2007, 07:50 PM   #14
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What size are the ends of the tubes you need?
I may be able to punch you some metal discs
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Old 04-05-2007, 09:32 PM   #15
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Great stuff and thanks for sharing. I am interested as well for any future products that come out of this.
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:06 PM   #16
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Thanks for all of the responses. My wife picked up another Lexmark printer today for me. She works at Wal-Mart and after the discount, the printer is $18. I will start a photo tutorial tonight and I hope to have it posted on Saturday. Thanks again.
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:32 PM   #17
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Old 04-06-2007, 04:06 AM   #18
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One last update. I resized the originals to fit the ammo tubes. I also discovered that sanding the balsa with 220 grit before running it through improved the precision of the printer. I think I am about ready to make some boxes. I will finish the tutorial on the printer mod before I start making boxes. Thanks for looking



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Old 04-06-2007, 02:27 PM   #19
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Those look fantastic! I don't suppose you could be talked into making some extras for sale could you?
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Old 04-07-2007, 07:48 AM   #20
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Those really do look sharp!
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Old 04-14-2007, 04:40 AM   #21
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Wow, those boxes are amazing! You could start a little on-the-side business printing those for different nationalities! I know that if I had any tanks, than I would buy ammo boxes for them! Have a guy driving a kettenkrad around with the ammo boxes in the back...
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