I have a 3 yd. roll of Claessens #15 linen on the way (will use for landscapes) and I would like to glue it to Baltic birch plywood to make my own linen panels and am interested in feedback on my strategy for gluing it on. My local hardwood supplier has 5' X 5' Baltic birch in 1/8", 1/4", or 1/2". I've used their 3/4" for shop jigs and furniture and it is good quality - not the big box store stuff. I doubt I would go much larger then 18" X 24" using panels so will use either 1/8" or 1/4".
I have read that "Miracle Muck" is well regarded for this purpose but unfortunately it should not be ordered if freezing temperatures are expected during shipment so that would preclude me from buying this for a few months. I picked up a quart of David Smith Acrylic gesso at a local framing shop; they thought it would work well for gluing. So I was going to try it until temperatures consistently got above freezing (forecast of -14 tonight).
My plan is to start with an 8" X 10" piece of Baltic birch, put poly on the back and sides to seal it, put a coat of sanding sealer on the front to keep the wood from absorbing too much of the gesso and raising the grain, and then gluing the linen to it using the gesso. I was planning on using a laminate roller to smooth out the linen after gluing and then will put some weight on it until it dried.
Any thoughts? Would 1/8" or 1/4" plywood be better? Is the sanding sealer idea worthy? Should I wait until it warms up and I can get Miracle Muck? Should I just move south?
Thanks for any feedback.