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11-12-2007 05:58 AM

Ive seen David Marks use double stick tape on his tv shows to attach templates to work pieces before useing his router table. I tried this and ruined my work piece when the tape failed. Is there a special tape made specificaly for wood?

-- bryano

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 11-12-2007 06:09 AM

Bryano – there are different kinds of double stick tape – some are like scotch tape but sticky on both sides, others are a strip of foam that is sticky on both sides. You want the foam stuff. It is more sticky, and it can fill any gaps or variations. I find that I have to pry the template back off the workpiece.

I’ve also heard of using carpet tape.

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#2 posted 11-12-2007 06:11 AM


David Marks uses a very thin double sided tape. This is so the tape doesn’t raise the template off the work piece. The key is to use quite a bit and make sure you press it down really hard. The foam tape has way to much give in it and it’s relatively thick.

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#3 posted 11-12-2007 06:12 AM

Thank You Peter.

-- bryano

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#4 posted 11-12-2007 06:17 AM

Well, there you have it – everyone has their own way! You can get foam that is really thick (1/4” or more), and I wouldn’t recommend that. But you can also get it with about 1/16” foam, and I’ve had really good luck with that. I tried the clear scotch style originally and also lost some templates from the workpiece. As Kaleo points out, I may not have been using enough.

Not to toot my own horn, but I just came up with something else that’s working pretty good for me. Take a look if you like!

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#5 posted 11-12-2007 06:39 AM

Bryano, I have used carpet tape a lot for holding parts on my CNC machine during routing. Also used it on the faceplate on the lathe. I really like it, just don’t leave it on too long (days).

I do believe that Marks uses some other type, the pics seem show a thinner, clearer tape.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 11-12-2007 06:42 AM

Bryano, I use doublesided turners tape from Woodcraft. It really holds and I use it for a lot of things.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 11-12-2007 07:06 AM

Bryan: There are two kinds of carpet tape. One is thin like scotch tape. I’ve seen some with plastic and some with paper. There is also a carpet tape that has a cloth surface. That puppy does not come apart.

I’ve used the thin one when I wanted paper pattern on wood. I’ve also used it for light weight bandsawning two pieces together so they both be the same and when a drill is placed through they’d match.

I use the cloth one when i put a router template and want to cut a pattern on the router table.

I’ve bought them both at Big Orange. The cloth one is about 3X the price of the other.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#8 posted 11-12-2007 08:02 PM

I just listened to a Wood Talk Online podcast where they discussed this issue. Mark (the Wood Whisperer) uses doublesided turners tape (or may he just mentioned it) from Woodcraft. I’ve had good luck with 1/8” carpet tape that I bought on clearance from Sears. I’ve used it successfully to create a wood sandwich in order to cut two more more pieces at the same time on the bandsaw. You really have to pry that stuff apart.


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#9 posted 11-13-2007 02:43 AM

Thank you to every one, I will consider all of the input I have recieved. Peter thats a nice jig.

-- bryano

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#10 posted 11-13-2007 04:19 AM

I use a double sided woodturners tape, it is not from Woodcraft, but from another woodworking store. I think it says “TESA” in the core. I will look when I go back to the shop. This stuff is INDUSTRIAL in strength. I spray all my templates with lacquer to allow for a better release of the tape. It will just rip the fibers out if I don’t, and that is using small pieces!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 11-13-2007 06:28 AM

I’ve used both the thin foam tape and regular carpet tape. Both have had good results for me.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 11-13-2007 07:29 AM

I’m with Karson. That cloth carpet tape works great and is cheap. It’s thin and grips very well.


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 11-15-2007 05:16 AM


I recently purchased some double sided tape @ Woodcraft that has proven to be very handy. It looks like masking tape only it’s double sided. You can find it near the turning supplies if you happen to be near a store.

I stuck two pieces of 8/4 White Oak together in order to duplicate the shape of one piece using a router and pattern bit. I worked so well that I had ahard time getting it to separate without damaging the edges of the pieces.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 12-08-2007 06:08 PM

Thanks everyone for your input. I went to the big orange box and bought the carpet tape with the cloth fiber in it as Karson sugested. It works great.

-- bryano

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#15 posted 12-12-2007 05:38 AM

I was using thin double sided tape for sawing four sandwiched toy parts. Then I decided to use hot melt glue on the sides of the waste wood. Worked great and no residual sticky stuff to clean off. The lesson is to keep trying new ways to do things while keeping fingers away from blades. ;-)

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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