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Forum topic by Charlie_Wintercoats posted 1621 days ago 6968 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Charlie_Wintercoats

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1621 days ago

I am making some small wood pieces (less than 6” x 6”) and will be using a home made router table with a straight bit with bearing. I have to attach the template temporarily without making holes or gluing. I have many pieces to make so speed is a concern. I have heard of using double sided tape for this but cant find a good kind what are your recommendations? I don’t want anything sticky on the wood when I remove it. Reusable would be awesome.

Thanks


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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 1621 days ago

Charlie, when I need to do something like this I use carpet tape. It is readily available. You may be able to reuse it a time or two but I just cut a new piece when I want to attach a template.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Pete_Jud

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#2 posted 1621 days ago

Golf grip tape works great for me, about 5 bucks a roll.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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patron

13021 posts in 1978 days


#3 posted 1621 days ago

can you drill a hole in the jig ,
and put your shop-vac hose in it ,
and some handles .
cut your parts slightly over size ,
and ’ suck ’ them to the pattern ,
and route with a flush trim bit .

try it on scrap first .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Glen Peterson

508 posts in 1693 days


#4 posted 1621 days ago

I’ve always used carpet tape. I have rolls of golf tape from the last time I regripped my clubs. I’ll give it a try. I trust Patron’s experience, but I’ve never tried the suction method he suggests. I’ll try that too.

-- Glen

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patron

13021 posts in 1978 days


#5 posted 1621 days ago

i just tried this ,
and have to say that you need a powerful suction .
my dust collector wasn’t strong enough ,
and my little toy shopvac wasn’t either .
maybe one of those 2 1/2 ” shopvacs might work .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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closetguy

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#6 posted 1621 days ago

I always use carpet tape. It only takes a little. Too much, and you will be prying it loose with a crowbar.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design changes....www.dgmwoodworks.com

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jm82435

1264 posts in 2379 days


#7 posted 1620 days ago

I think Patron has a good idea, you might ask kunk, he obviously uses vacuum holding for something like you describe:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/29281

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David Craig

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#8 posted 1620 days ago

Interestingly enough, my favorite double sided tape I found at Walmart. This was after having no luck at some of the home improvement stores. The brand is “Duck Tape” and their double sided tape is very strong. When you are done with the cutting, if you find that gentle force is not enough to pull them apart, tap the top piece with a rubber mallet. The shearing force will pull them apart without damaging the wood.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Ger21

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#9 posted 1619 days ago

I’ll second the golf grip tape. I used to use carpet tape, but now always use golf srip tape. If you have a local Golfsmith store, you can get it there.

-- Gerry, http://home.comcast.net/~cncwoodworker/CNC_Woodworker.html

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Eli

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#10 posted 1619 days ago

3M makes a great double sided tape that doesn’t leave a residue. I haven’t been able to find it in any stores. I’m told you have to order it directly, and in large quantities.

Eli

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Charlie_Wintercoats

36 posts in 2090 days


#11 posted 1617 days ago

Carpet tape worked like a charm. Thanks.

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motthunter

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#12 posted 537 days ago

carpet tape eats grain and leaves residue you wont notice until you go to finish and start to cry from the haze. Use Avery Dennison tape. I swear by it. It is designed to leave no residue and holds great.

-- making sawdust....

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Quanter50

154 posts in 933 days


#13 posted 537 days ago

Check “ULINE”. I just bought two rolls of 1/2” double stick tape for use with my new sign templates. 1/2” x 36 yds for $4.70. Ordered it online and had it the very next day!

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Scott C.

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#14 posted 537 days ago

I don’t have a specific recommendation, but the thicker spongy stuff can allow the template to shift around a bit when applying pressure. It’s slight, but can trouble sometimes.

-- measure twice, cut once, swear and start over.

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NiteWalker

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#15 posted 537 days ago

This is the best I've ever used.

A little goes a LOOOOONG way!

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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