WHat is paper tape used for?

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Forum topic by natenaaron posted 10-09-2013 04:57 PM 1190 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2013 04:57 PM

3 years ago our middle school shut down the wood shop. Obviously the good stuff grew legs, but the other stuff was auctioned off. That is where I got several planes in need of rehabbing. I also got a lot of other odds and ends. What has perplexed me the most was the numerous rolls of paper tape. Before I toss it I thought I would ask:

Since this was a wood shop what would they have been using the paper tape for? The next question is, what can I use it for?

This is the wet and stick paper tape that folks used to use to pack boxes. It is all 2 inch tape.

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#1 posted 10-09-2013 05:03 PM

assembling veneer panels prior to gluing to sustrate

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#2 posted 10-09-2013 05:31 PM

Really? Doesn’t the tape adhesive get absorbed by the veneer?

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#3 posted 10-09-2013 05:36 PM

There is special tape for veneering. I just threw some away because
it was all stuck together. It has holes punched in it.

I use wet-glue packing tape to make cardboard shipping cartons.
I suppose you could use it for folding miters but masking tape
works fine for that.

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#4 posted 10-17-2013 03:52 PM

The paper tapes have a glue side which is activated by water. You put a strip down a seam and then short cross strips again along the length of the seam. The idea is that as the paper dries it shrinks pulling the seam tighter together. Once the glue is dry in the seam it is easy to moisten the tape and scrape it off.

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#5 posted 10-17-2013 03:58 PM

It could be just carton sealing tape. When I was a kid I worked summers in a shipping department. There was a hand cranked machine that would feed the tape over a wetted roller and we’d seal boxes with it. The machine would measure out specific lengths and cut it. This was way before the advent of plastic tape. Why it’s a wood shop? Could be anything, even what it was designed for. I know it stuck to cardboard but wood? Probably if it’s not too old.

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#6 posted 10-17-2013 07:13 PM

If it is really thin it is likely veneer tape. If it is butcher’s tape thickness it is packing tape.
Veneer tape does not all have holes but all of the water activated paper tapes are made with animal protein glues. These glues don’t create the problems that pva glues do when “absorbed by the veneer”. They can be wiped off with a wet cloth.

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