Things You Will Need
- 3/4-inch plywood sheet, 18x24 inches
- Tape measure
- Marking pen or pencil
- 2 screen print hinges with screws
- Electric drill
- 18x24-inch picture frame
- Sheer nylon fabric
- Staple gun
- 2 g-shaped clamps
Professional mechanical machines exist that can print hundreds of t-shirts per hour, but they're not the only way to print t-shirts. Hobbyists and artists looking to print only a small quantity of t-shirts can build their own t-shirt machines that they can use effectively to produce as few as one printed shirt.
These simple screen-printing machines can also be used to print on other surfaces such as leather, paper, glass and wood.
- Measure along one of the 24-inch sides of the plywood sheet to find its center. Measure two inches from that point and mark the location with a marking pen or pencil.
- Measure six inches from this spot and mark it with a marking pen or pencil. Repeat this step for both sides of the plywood sheet.
- Center each hinge at the mark you made in Step 2 and trace the shape of the hinge on the wood with a marking pen or pencil. Mark the location of the hinge screw holes so they're easy easy to see for drilling later.
- Drill starter holes with an electric drill in the spots you've marked as the holes for hinges.
- Place the hinges over the holes and screw them down the rest of the way with a screwdriver until they sit flush with the wood sheet. Don't strip the holes by over-tightening.
- Install a screen printing frame made by stapling sheer nylon fabric to an 18x24-inch picture frame without glass by screwing it to the other end of the hinges. Clamp the frame down into position with g-shaped clamps.