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Posted on Pattern routing -- what went wrong?

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#1 posted 05-28-2009 03:23 PM

Okay. I repaired the damage and got some carpet tape at Home Depot to affix my template to the block. Took my jigsaw out and trimmed the foot close to the template. Re-routed the damaged side using a pattern bit instead of the flush trim bit I used on the other side. Worked like a charm.

Then I went to remove the template and realized that the carpet “tape” I had wasn’t tape at all—it was a thin layer of rubber cement-like substance with some fibers in it for structure. I got it all off the template, but does anyone have any ideas how to get it off the workpiece without damaging it? I thought about goo gone and other solvents but wasn’t sure whether they’d damage the wood. I tried using a putty knife to scrape it off and that didn’t work so well. I tried rubbing it off and that kind of worked, but I was concerned that I might be forcing something into the wood that would interfere with later finishing.

What would you all try to get this gook off? (I’ve ordered some proper double-stick tape from a woodworking supplier online and will be using it, not the carpet tape, in the future).

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