I am going to use a pilot flush trim bit for the first time. I need to
attached my work peice to the template for the bearing to follow but do not
want to put fastener holes in the work peice. Has anyone tried doulbe sided
tape? Is the LV turners tape the way to go?
Of late, I have been making heavy use of double sided tape when
working at the router table. I fashioned several different sized
pieces of hardwood plywood, inserted t-nuts and use screw-in handles.
This way, I can lower the piece that I am working on onto a spinning
bit and keep my fingers at a safe distance. The tape that I use comes
from Woodhaven. I have no experience with LV turners tape, but it
sounds like a viable choice if it is used on lathes. My only negative
happenings have been with double sided carpet tape, which has parted
company in a humid environment at the most inoportune moments.
Just go to Home Depot where they have, in the flooring section, two
different kinds of carpet tape.
One is a very thin plastic material and while it holds well it's
sometimes difficult to make it release.
The other is a woven fibreglass material that holds quite well and,
with it, it's a little easier to pry your pieces apart.
It takes surprisingly little of this stuff to hold parts in place for
pattern routing. I usually dont tape more than about 15% of the
Get yourself as much double-sided tape as your budget can reasonably
afford. The stuff is useful in so many ways you will be astounded that
you were ever able to get along without it. Only drawback is that it is
pricey. But then, what is the price of a finger?
The Lee Valley tape is some sticky stuff. The most annoying thing about
it is getting the covering off. I usually use two small squares. At
the rate I'm using it, it will last a couple years. It won't let loose
until you pry it apart, assuming you don't leave sawdust on the wood or
something equally ridiculous.
I use it at the machine shop to hold annoying parts and parallels in
place while tightening the vise. Keeps them from shifting or pinching
fingers while changing vise settings. I also sometimes use it to
temporarily attach a paper template to keep track of dimensions.
Yep, works great. Just don't use too *much* or you'll break your template
trying to separate them. Three-inch strips, four to six inches apart, should
I wouldn't bother. I just use double-sided carpet tape from Lowe's, not even
the heavy-duty stuff, just the regular. Never any problems, other than the
first time when I ran a strip the entire length of the template because I
feared that less than that wouldn't be enough to hold it down. Then I spend
the next twenty minutes separating the workpiece and the template.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
I have a roll of carpet tape. It's expensive, but it is lasting a
long long time and I'm amazed how often I use it and how strong it
holds without marking the stock. Sometime taking pieces apart can
take some doing.
Not poster tape, paster tape. Printers use them to attach two rolls of 100"
wide paper running at 7,000fpm on the fly. It is great stuff for attaching
templates. And it's *very* thin. Not at all like poster tape. More like
masking tape thickness.
Were you running offset or gravure? Worked many a summer and Christmas
break on the National Geographic presses, both offset (ads and covers) and
gravure (articles), mostly as material handler. Interesting stuff.
By the way, I'm sure the material handlers never bribed you to miss the
occasional paster on a really crazy day, right? right??? ;-)
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