Rocking Chair: An Online Course #10: Double-Sided Tape to Attach These Guide Rails?

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 03-05-2016 03:38 PM 1916 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Glue Form for Rockers Part 10 of Rocking Chair: An Online Course series Part 11: Followed Advice about Router Guide Rails »

I need help from someone with more experience in using routers in special applications.

I am making a jig that will let my router slide along a sled type jig. The purpose is to smooth the bandsaw blade marks for the underside curve I will cut on the rocking chair’s arm rest. This is so I can get a good fit for gluing the arm rests to the upper arm rail.

There are two guide rails that I need to mount to the bottom of my router’s base plate. Initially I was thinking I would have to drill screw holes to mount these wood rails to it. However, after “sleeping” on this issue I realized that this is probably a good application for double-side tape. I have given a image of what these guide rails looks like in a similar application below.

Do you believe these wood guide rails are adhered to the bottom of this router’s base plate with tape? Please let me know the best for me to fix similar guide rails to the base of my Bosh MRC23EVS plunge router base.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#1 posted 03-05-2016 05:14 PM

Howie, the price of having a guide pop off is pretty expensive, even if you don’t get injured. It looks like those could easily be attached with some countersunk screws. The holes would not interfere with normal operation when you’re not making awesome rocking chairs. If you don’t want to “ruin” your base, there are readily available after market bases that you can modify to your heart’s content. I wouldn’t risk the tape, plus you’ll have to calibrate their location every time, which will be much more difficult with tape. With holes, the jig will always be located properly. Of course, part of the decision may be contingent on if you ever plan on making another chair. If once done, you’ve scratched that itch, then it may not be necessary. If, as I have a sneaking suspicion, once you get done with this one, people will want to buy them from you, you’ll already be tooled up, which sometimes is half the battle. For example, cutting out the templates for my adirondack chair project took a third of the time to build that first chair. On the second chair, I didn’t have to do that, so the second chair went together much faster.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#2 posted 03-05-2016 07:14 PM

Good safety tip Captain Skully. While I was searching for a universal base I did come across a centering pin base at Woodcraft. I will take a break and drive over there.

This is what a double-sided tape version looks like on my plunge router base.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#3 posted 03-06-2016 12:52 AM

All double sided tape is not created equal. This would work (or not) depending on the tape used. I have some from Staples that is permanent.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 03-06-2016 05:55 AM

My double-sided tape has been good for me. However, I took that warning very seriously. I decided to stop at my local home center first before heading to Woodcraft. If I could find a 1/4 inch thick acrylic sheet, I would try making myself a router base plate to hold these guide rails. It made sense to me to give this safer method a try.

I must have looked like an old man in need of help because I was asked twice by separate store employees if I needed help. I did. First, I was directed to aisle 25 and then while trying to find a smaller size of near 1/4 inch acrylic another aide came by. He noticed an improperly placed thinner sheet hiding the 1/4 by 14 by 28 sheet that I was looking for…

I should be able to get three or more base plates made from this sheet.

Thanks for the advice and help.

Today I did not get the base plate made, but I have the acrylic sheet bought and ready to work on in my shop.

I did glue up the inner and outer plywood forms I will use to bend laminate the two rockers. I also flush trim routed the three layers of plywood that these forms are made from. This should give a surface that will fit nicely to the arm rest support rail. It should provide a great glue surface.

I am also making the JIG that I will use to smoothly shape the 8 foot radius curve on the underside of the arm rest plank. Before routing this curve smooth I will mark and then cut its curve with my bandsaw. Then as instructed I will place a 1/2 inch router bit into my plunge base router and with the two guide rails fastened to the router’s base and the arm rest plank fastened securely in the JIG, I will ride the curvature of the jig with my plunge router just skimming the surface of the bandsaw cut I made on the arm rest.

I have the parts cut for this curve guide JIG. All I need to do is drill and countersink some screw holes. Then with glue and screws I can put it all together.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#5 posted 03-29-2016 08:34 PM

I just ordered some carpet double-side tape from Staples. I am going to give that product a tryout with my projects. Thanks for the tip…

-- --- Happy Howie

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