Concealed Boxes

@kizby I made one for my husband’s birthday. Found the lid design on Etsy, and was going to do a painted design on a darker wood for the lid panel. Decided it was time to try sublimating on acrylic and gave it a go. I would have liked the wood better. However, at least I tried out the acrylic sublimation. :slight_smile:

I used 3M 467MP tape to attach to the end piece. Also, a few dots of super glue where the flat end of the panel touched the wood end.

I had small round magnets on hand, so used those in place of the larger rectangle magnets. My husband loved it. Thank you, Dave!


You are so very welcome! That looks AWSOME!!!

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Hi PJ,

You had said that you used sublimation on the conceal box for your husband. I was wondering if you had tried sublimating on wood. Would it even be possible? I do not have such a machine, but I was wondering if it would be possible and what it would look like.

Thank you,


Hi Dave! I haven’t tried it on wood, but have seen YouTube videos where people used various things.

Here is one:

I think I’ll try using a laminate sheet sometime, but I think I’d rather get some in a matte finish to try.

Dedicated printer, sublimation ink, sublimation paper, special sheets and powder to print on cotton, etc., etc. Happy to answer any questions. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Thank you! If you were to recommend a machine and equipment, what would you recommend? About what would a good setup cost? What are some ongoing costs?

Many people buy Saw Grass printers. You can now buy Epson printers meant for sublimation. I personally bought an Epson ET-16600 standard inkjet printer. Mainly so I could do up to 13" x 19" prints. You have to start with Sublimation Ink from the start. Some people have purged their printers, and then added the sublimation ink. I opted to start new. Plus, I really like the Eco-Tank printers for easy ink fills.

There are a lot of brands of papers and inks. Once you decide on an ink, you don’t change brands. Although, I’ve heard you can purge and then start with new ink.

I went with Cosmos Ink and use A-Sub paper. Typically, you print on polyesters, or something that has been given a coating to be able to sublimate.

You also need a heat press. I have a 15"x15" that I’ve had for seven years, and it works quite well for me. Depending on what you’re going to press, you may decide you need a larger heat press, a slide-out tray, or a swing away arm, or an auto-open. Prices range greatly by what feature you want. For large presses, I use a large sheet of cardboard to be able to move the project without shifting. Some people use thin sheets of wood.

I use A-Sub Sublimation paper. Purchased in three sizes.
Lint roller and microfiber cloth
Heat gloves
Heat tape for sublimation with dispenser
Butcher paper
Parchment paper (depending on project)

Then I always go a bit overboard, so that I can do most anything that I might want. So, I have a mug press, a tumbler press, and a hat press. Obviously, if you’re only interested in wood … you wouldn’t need any other presses.

I use Siser Easy-Subli to print on cotton fabrics. I’ve printed directly to it (non-mirrored) or I’ve applied it to the fabric and then used the A-Sub paper to sublimate onto the Easy-Subli.

To cut intricate things I have a Silhouette Cameo 4 Pro to cut things out.

Long reply. Sorry. It helps to know exactly what you want to do with the sublimation. YouTube has a LOT of videos. I watched videos and read everything I could before taking the leap. I price shopped for every little thing to find the best prices. Including a lot of blanks.

I have three sizes of tumblers, 15 oz cups, towels, puzzles, mouse pads, fabric to make yard flags, polyester t-shirts in all sizes. Like I said, I go a bit overboard.

It’s been a lot of fun. If it helps to discuss something further, shoot me a message and we can talk on the phone. There are people on the forum that have done wood. So, if you’re only interested in wood … they might be a better group to question.


Thank you so much for the information! I will definitely start looking into it.

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Wow, that’s an impressive setup!


I tend to go overboard. :frowning:

Cake decorating … every tip, pan, and thing-a-ma-jig.

Get an embroidery/sewing machine … get every foot/hoop/extra attachments/software/300+ spools of thread. Over-sized cabinet for the machine, dedicated cutting table & oversize ironing board.

Get a Glowforge … get every type of wood/acrylic/mini-tools/gadgets/paints/dyes/adhesives/doo-dads.

Serger … because sometimes you just want to learn something new. Fortunately, mine came with every foot. Yet another machine cabinet.

Get a Silhouette … get every type of paper/specialty papers/adhesives/etc. Get a larger Silhouette 4 Pro to cut large fabric pieces for quilt. (Currently making a drop-leaf table to put it on, as it’s huge).

Let’s make cards … stamp sets, embossing powders/embossing folders/Copics/Karin brushmarkers/Zig Clean Color markers/water colors (multiple types, of course)/more adhesives/more papers.

Sublimation … stated earlier.

At least a thousand things not mentioned, and organization is another whole thing.

But, when one of the grandchildren or anyone else says, “Are you able to …?” I can say, YES, I CAN!

My husband is very supportive of all the things. Thank goodness!


I wish we lived closer. I’m exactly the same, and don’t know anybody locally that is just as crazy :smile:

BTW, I didn’t see 3D printing on that list. You’re missing out!


I usually tend to do the same. I figure you have to go overboard so you can do it all and get the full experience! LOL


I do have an Ender 3. I worked in Fusion 360 a bit, mostly made freebie files. Made about a dozen things. The new resin printers have had my eye for some time. I need to meet some personal goals before adding one. :grinning:

Wish we lived closer, too! We’d have a lot of fun!


Yes! Exactly! Who wants to just do a halfway setup?


This is great - thank you so much!!

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Thank you! Welcome to the community. :wink:

Thank you so much!