Recently, I have been doing a ton of projects that require me to stick a template to some wood so I can use a router with a flush-trim bit.
I never found a double-sided tape that I liked. Either they weren’t sticky enough and were unreliable, or they where far too sticky and took a pry-bar to separate later and left nasty residues on the wood and pattern.
Well, my searching is over!
I routinely “shop” at the “American Science & Surplus” online store and happened to notice the following item:
It’s labeled as Carpet Tape, but what it is actually is double sided duct tape. It cuts and rips JUST like duct tape, but after you affix it, the top layer peels off to reveal a sticky side underneath!
I used it to affix a template made from pvc to a piece of white oak – normally this doesn’t work at all with a lot of carpet tapes. I was easily able to get the pattern aligned correctly with just minor pressure. When it was just right, I clamped it in my vise for just a few seconds over each piece of tape. It holds like it was epoxied!
Never had any issues at all during the routing – no shifts or separations.
Best part is that when I went to separate it, all it took was a paint scraper to pry the pieces apart and the tape peeled off both surfaces with no residue!!!!
Oh yeah – and it’s cheap! 3 bucks for a roll of 42 feet of tape!
I don’t think I would use this on any “delicate” items (like my scrollworking pieces), but for patterns it’s perfect!!
One more thing – have a few hours of spare time when you go to that store. They have a TON of cool stuff and you will be trapped browsing all the items! ;-) Lot’s of cool tools as well.
-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / www.rhoadesclan.com