You GOTTA try this tape out!

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Blog entry by KnotCurser posted 12-06-2013 04:22 PM 4231 reads 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently, I have been doing a ton of projects that require me to stick a template to some wood so I can use a router with a flush-trim bit.

I never found a double-sided tape that I liked. Either they weren’t sticky enough and were unreliable, or they where far too sticky and took a pry-bar to separate later and left nasty residues on the wood and pattern.

Well, my searching is over!

I routinely “shop” at the “American Science & Surplus” online store and happened to notice the following item:

It’s labeled as Carpet Tape, but what it is actually is double sided duct tape. It cuts and rips JUST like duct tape, but after you affix it, the top layer peels off to reveal a sticky side underneath!

I used it to affix a template made from pvc to a piece of white oak – normally this doesn’t work at all with a lot of carpet tapes. I was easily able to get the pattern aligned correctly with just minor pressure. When it was just right, I clamped it in my vise for just a few seconds over each piece of tape. It holds like it was epoxied!

Never had any issues at all during the routing – no shifts or separations.

Best part is that when I went to separate it, all it took was a paint scraper to pry the pieces apart and the tape peeled off both surfaces with no residue!!!!

Oh yeah – and it’s cheap! 3 bucks for a roll of 42 feet of tape!

I don’t think I would use this on any “delicate” items (like my scrollworking pieces), but for patterns it’s perfect!!

One more thing – have a few hours of spare time when you go to that store. They have a TON of cool stuff and you will be trapped browsing all the items! ;-) Lot’s of cool tools as well.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 12-06-2013 04:34 PM

Lowes sells good carpet tape for template routing too. It is $7-8 per 25 ft roll, so yours is cheaper. I like the blue rolls of carpet tape a little better, but Lowes only carries the white rolls now.

It is useful stuff for sure.

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#2 posted 12-06-2013 04:41 PM

That website can cause some serious damage to your wallet. The prices are cheap so you don’t feel guilty buying, and buying, and….Well you get it.

Good to know abut the tape. I tend to shy away from “surplus” adhesives. They tend to be well past their adhering days. I will have to check this out.

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#3 posted 12-06-2013 04:53 PM

Thanks Bob, looks like a cool site! That is crazy cheap for good tape, will have to order a couple of rolls, I see Steve Ramsey using a different style of carpet tape ALL the time to hold pieces of wood together that are getting cut the same, he swears by it.


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#5 posted 12-06-2013 06:18 PM

Nice. Looks like some nice shopping possibilities there too.

I bought a roll of double stick from microfence recently. I use it on the CNC for part hold down. After loosing a few parts to movement, I have found this stuff just remarkable. Grips when you want it, yet removes when you want it. I love it. A bit pricey, but lasts me a long time. I would recommend it to a friend.


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#6 posted 12-07-2013 06:13 AM

Great web site.
I gotta get one of these..................................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 12-07-2013 03:13 PM

I’ll have to try it. I too like “American Science & Surplus”. I like to get their paper catalog and sit back with a cup of coffee and ponder over every item on every page.

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#8 posted 12-08-2013 06:51 AM

Not only are they cheap but have a sense of humor.

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#9 posted 12-08-2013 07:37 AM

This looks like a good resource for hard to find things at a cheap price! Thanks for the link!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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