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Old 05-06-2008, 09:40 PM
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how to glue linoleum to a piece of wood

Hello Guys!!,
I have severa; question for you guys (experts). How can i glue a piece of linoleum to a piece of wood, and what kind of glue should i use. Also, what is the advantage of using mounted or unmounted linoleum. I hope you guys have a answers, THANK you guys!!!!
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Old 05-06-2008, 11:27 PM
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Re: how to glue linoleum to a piece of wood

Hi, Chiva... and welcome.

I glue my linoleum to pieces of plywood using something called Gorilla Glue. I like it better than Elmer's white glue or wood glue because it sets up fairly fast. I don't glue until I have my finished linocut because sometimes I reduce my linocut size and want to have the lino just a tad bit smaller than the wood.

The advantage of mounted lino is that it is easier to ink and print because it is more solidly even all across the surface. There is no curling or waviness that can happen sometimes if the back surface of the lino gets wet. Also, if you have cut a lot of your lino, the cut area is very thin and the wood firms up the entire area.

When I glue, I make sure there is no glue coming out the edges. Also, after applying the glue and adjusting it onto the wood, I turn it face down on a clean surface and use something heavy on top of it all until the glue is dry. My husband's hand weights or the dictionary are good for that.

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Re: how to glue linoleum to a piece of wood

Hello, Chiva!
I work mostly with unmounted linoleum, but on several occasions needed to glue it onto matboard. I used any PVA glue (Elmer's Glue-All or wood glue) - sure it'd work as well on wood.
The benefits of unmounted linoleum are simple: it's easy to cut to a desired shape with scissors or a knife. Particularly convenient if an artwork has a free shape (not rectangular) or you do a color linocut with multiple free-shaped plates. If a plate is large, an unmounted one is still very light. And storing unmounted plates takes less space. To me, all these is in favor of unmounted linoleum, but you'll definitely hear different opinions for everyone has own work habits and tastes.
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Re: how to glue linoleum to a piece of wood

THis is very helpful guys, but what about clening them. Should i use vegetable oil first and then alchol.
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Old 05-07-2008, 09:49 AM
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Re: how to glue linoleum to a piece of wood

Greetings Chiva
Like Natalie I generally use unmounted but have on occasion glued down my lino onto a wood substrate using Carpenters glue and a weight set on top (a pile of encyclopedias in my case).
For cleaning your lino vegetable oil works, baby or mineral oil and my new favourite soy-solve.
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Re: how to glue linoleum to a piece of wood

I mount my linoleum, after carving it, on either thin plywood or plexiglass. I use contact cement- Usually the spray kind... You coat the lino and the wood or plexi block with it, let it dry, then press the two together. The big advantage to contact cement is that it is an instant bond, you don't have to wait for the glue to dry.

Often, I also run the block through my press with light pressure to make sure that there is a good, solid bond...

As for cleaning, I LOVE soy-solv!

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Re: how to glue linoleum to a piece of wood

I mount it when doing a reduction to reduce curling
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Re: how to glue linoleum to a piece of wood

I have one press that is set up for 5 x 7 mounted blocks that I use for student work. We buy unmounted blocks and use spray adhesive to mount it for printing, then remove the wood after printing. It works well.

I also have a Craftsmen letterpress, and use mounted and shimmed blocks in that press. Mounted blocks are a must for printing letterpress because you must reach type height for a good impression.

Like Natalia said, I like working on unmounted blocks because they are cheaper and can easily be trimmed to a specific free shape. I can also throw a couple in my bag and cut at home or on the road.
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