Packing tape

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Blog entry by ralbuck posted 12-12-2012 12:20 AM 2026 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Frank from had told me to try a clear packing tape to use to just hold patterns to wood; as I sawed it. He claimed it also helped the saw to work better.

I had always just used candle wax on my blades from stubs— It helped a lot too.

Well I finally tried it today!

If you have not tried it; you do not realize how much it helps! It outdoes the candle wax!


I had some letters to cut from oak faced plywood that is 3/4” thick with some very tight turns. I had already drawn around my patterns with a fine RED marker. I thought what the heck—try it! I totally cover the pieces with cheap clear packing tape. I pulled it tight and started sawing. Marvelous difference from the ones that I had cut a few days ago from the same piece!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#1 posted 12-12-2012 01:13 AM

I had heard the same thing and finally tried it last week while cutting 4 layers of thin plywood on my scroll saw. Works like a charm!

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#2 posted 12-12-2012 02:58 AM

I have been using clear packing tape since day one for scroll saw projects. It’s the best thing since sliced bread.
What I do is spray adhesive my pattern to my work piece and then cover it with clear packing tape. Sometimes all the pattern does not strip of with the tape so I dampen a cloth with mineral spirits, apply the spirits to the remainder of the pattern, let it soak in for a few seconds then remove the remainder of the pattern. The mineral spirits will not discolor the wood and evaporates in just a little while.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 12-12-2012 06:08 AM

I tried the clear tape recently for a jigsaw puzzle. I sealed the wood with spray shellac. After drying, covered it with the tape. Then used spray adhesive to attach the pattern to the tape. After sawing, all the tape came right off with no residue.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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