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Old 09-02-2017, 03:47 PM
intaglioman intaglioman is offline
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New etching press bed build material ?

Hello printmakers,

I'm in the process of having a custom etching press built. The bed size will be

24" X 48".

My thinking is a steel bed (similar to my earlier Pelican press) however I do not know what type steel (cold or hot rolled) or if it should be
blanchard ground surface.

(for anyone not familiar with surfacing steel...blanchard ground surfaces hones the surface to very flat surfaces...both sides.

Also looking for a good source somewhere here in either Rhode Island or
Massachusetts.

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Old 09-03-2017, 05:18 AM
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Re: New etching press bed build material ?

We use synthetic material for our press beds (Polymetaal presses, Netherlands) www.polymetaal.nl It is cheaper, safer, lighter, does not rust, does not warp, easy to clean, and the surface is white.
However, if you prefer steel, you should use hot rolled steel, that has been surfaced (milled and ground). Cold rolled steel looks nice, but because of the cold rolled proccess, the steel has huge tensions inside, that come out slowly afterwards, resulting in warping of the press bed. (wether you work on it or not)
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Old 09-04-2017, 01:12 PM
intaglioman intaglioman is offline
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Re: New etching press bed build material ?

Can you give me more detail on your synthetic bed press material ? Is it
phenolic ? I know I like to overbuild my etching press...and wish to use 1.250"
thickness. I'm looking to keep the weight down, so phenolic seems to be a good
option. Also there must be no torque flexing as it passes through the rollers.
Check out the American French Tool Etching Press sold by Conrad Machine Co. in the USA. The drive wheel is an astounding 5' in diameter! Used it in undergraduate school. The Rolls Royce of etching presses.
Thanks for your help, and hope to chat with you again.
Please look up a printmaker by the name Peter Milton on your browser.
It's his full name dot com. It's a deep website...but I know you will be appreciative of his technical and creative imaginative artistic licence.
Paul
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Old 09-11-2017, 06:28 PM
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Re: New etching press bed build material ?

Yes it is phenolic. Built of layers of paper, under high pressure pressed together in liquid phenol resin and covered both sides with melamine coating
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