I have done a couple of projects that the directions suggested using carpet
tape to hold a templet to follow to route a straight line or follow another
object to duplicate it. Each time the tape did not hold tight enough, it
slipped and ruined my work piece. I got the tape at Hartville Hardware.
Any one have any suggestions on what I need to do to make this work? I have
a few other projects that suggest this same method.
Maybe the tape wasn't fresh. I use whatever cheap stuff Home Depot has
when I need it and it works fine. It's in a green, yellow and white
box, I can't recall the brand.
- Use plenty of tape. You'll know you have enough when the template
becomes difficult to remove.
- PUSH the pattern down to make sure it's really stuck. I often need a
putty knife to release the tape, as it really sticks. Much of the time
I can use the tape for two cuts before it won't hold well enough.
- Rough out the shape as close to the template as possible, with a band
saw, jigsaw, coping saw, whatever... so the router bit won't have to
take huge bites.
- Make sure there isn't dust, oil, wax, or anything else that can
interfere with the tape.
- If you're using hardboard for the template, make sure you're taping to
the smooth side if both sides aren't smooth.
Two things you might want to try, on some scrap. First, get heavy duty
carpet tape. This stuff is pretty commonly available. I find this
stuff a lot stickier than standard grade. Second, make sure you are
getting a good bond. I've gotten in the habit of putting a tight clamp
or three on the workpiece and the pattern to bond them together. When
prying them apart I occasionally notice small bits of wood pulled off
Hope this helps.
Have you tried different tape?
Perhaps it is just that particular roll or brand of tape. I've used
cheap, no-name brand carpet tape from a dollar store lots of times
without any trouble. In fact, I usually cut it into pretty small pieces
just so I can get things apart when I'm finished!
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