Stop Buying Double-Sided Tape!

Stop Buying Double-Sided Tape!


– [Narrator] The Wood Whisperer
is sponsored by Titebond and Powermatic. – I’ve been using double-sided
tape for years now, any time I wanna put a
template onto a workpiece for a flush trimming operation. And it works okay, it’s just kind of a pain in the butt to
use, it’s super sticky, tends to leave a residue on the surface, but it’s the only way
that I’ve known to do it. Until a couple of years
ago, when I saw a video by the guys at Crimson guitars. And they are using blue tape and CA glue to serve the same purpose
and results are cleaner, you don’t have any residue, and it’s using stuff you
already have in the shop. So let me show you the difference
between the two processes and you can make a decision for yourself which one is better. With double-stick tape, I
usually cut a couple of pieces off the roll and stick
them down to the workpiece. The stuff is pressure sensitive, so the more you rub it into the surface, the better it sticks. If you have a little bit
of fingernail available, it’s not too difficult
to peel off the backing, though this is something
that’s incredibly frustrating on some brands that are out there. The backing is impossible to remove. The template is then attached, and pressure is applied
to make the connection. When you’re done routing,
pop off the template, and peel off the tape. Lots of times the tape will
leave a residue on the surface. We have that here, but we’ve
also pulled up some fibers. And that’s not ideal. Thankfully, the damage
is just on the template. Now let’s look at the
blue tape, CA glue method. The only trick here is making
sure that you apply the tape in the same position on both pieces. We want the glue to stay on the tape and never touch the wood. I put a few dabs on one
side and some accelerator on the other side. After applying pressure for a few seconds, the pieces are bonded. Double-stick tape is definitely
a more aggressive hold, but in many cases, it’s
far more aggressive than we actually need. So with the CA glue method, it’s easier to separate
the pieces, and when we do, we can pull up the blue tape and there’s no residue
or damage on the surface. Now, every time I show this technique, it seems like people are
seeing it for the first time. So that’s the reason for doing this video, even though someone else already
clearly covered this topic, and I’m not really trying
to change your mind on this, if you use carpet tape,
or some double-stick tape that just works well for you, go ahead and keep using it. But if you’ve been looking
for a better option, something that doesn’t tear
out the fibers of the wood or leave a residue, this is really something to consider. Especially considering you
probably have this stuff sitting around in the
shop anyway at all times. So, check it out if
you’re interested in it, it’s great technique that works for me, and I don’t buy double-stick tape anymore.

About the Author: Michael Flood

100 Comments

  1. I'm too cheap to use double-sided tape. I've been doing this trick for several years now. Not sure where I first saw it. Izzy Swan, maybe.

  2. GREAT tip! The double-sided stuff is not readily available near me…This will save me an online order or longer trip to the "big" city!

  3. I had a little trouble with the thick glue squeezing out past the narrow blue tape, so I simply switched to the wider blue tape, keeping the glue centered, and I've never had a problem since. IMHO this is a way better solution than carpet tape or turner's tape for templates.

  4. I used carpet tape and got really annoyed at trying to remove the residue (a handful of four-letter words were dropped). I then purchased a roll of Spectape at my local Woodcraft; it took me a minute to get over the $20 price, but I appreciated having less adhesive residue. Marc, your approach looks way less expensive, and I have everything but the accelerator, so I'm going to try this next time I need double-stick tape. Thanks for sharing!

  5. man i've always used double stick. as i was watching this video it clicked in my head what you were about to do, and i think that's going to happen on my next project! thanks, bro!

  6. I had not seen that before, and with the memories that come up when thinking about double sided tape, I can see myself try it the next time I get the chance. Thanks for sharing, Marc!

  7. This is an adaptation of an old school trick. It works well with yellow glue too. What they used to do when temporarily gluing things together was to put a piece of paper or 2 between the items being glued. It holds solid until you pop them apart. I've been using masking tape adhered to each surface and gluing the masking tape since the mid 90's. I did so because it didn't seem like such a sturdy joint as one with glue to wood to paper to paper to wood. I was surprised at how strong the bond is between blue masking tape and wood .. It's a very secure bond that peels off way easier than yellow wood glue does..

  8. Great for guys that use superglue and blue painter tape for other uses and rarely – but occasionally – need double sided tape!

  9. Gosh, thanks Marc! I saw the trick on Crimson guitars as well but almost immediately forgot about it! But I'm pretty sure this time it will stay in my brain for good 😀

  10. I love your great videos. I use a lot of 2 sided tape doing inlays and the best way to remove the paper backing is to push your thumbnail about 1/8th inch from a corner directly onto the tape and stock and drag the corner back away from the tape. If you don’t have a thumbnail a chisel works. This way, if you choose to use “turners tape” the process isn’t painful.

  11. Another tip: when the carpet tape you have to too aggressive, you can attenuate it using saw dust that's laying around; or stick it to a scrap with little pressure and then remove. That's especially useful if you need it very strong on one side and gentle on the other, because of the differing materials.

  12. I've been using something called Weblock for a the past few years, and it works perfectly. It's used in the print industry for web presses, so i am able to get it from work for free. It has no residue at all, but instead of peeling it off, you basically rub it and it rolls and clumps up and comes right off.

    here's a link to buy a six pack from amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Web-Lock-DN-31-Double-Sided-Splicing/dp/B00F3BNY0E/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1548924329&sr=8-4&keywords=WEB+LOCK

  13. Just buy double sided tape of really crap quality, that will do too.
    Also saying to stop buying that stuff is nonsense, there is lots of other applications

  14. Title says: Stop using duble-sided tape.
    He in the video says: I don't want you to stop using it if it works for you…

  15. I've never used as little double-sided tape as you did in the video. I would have used double, especially if you issue was slippage.

  16. I didn't realise that was what you were putting on your projects. Why didn't you just use the double stick scotch tape? Thinner, less powerful and way cheaper than mounting tape. You can buy a three role of it for like $8, the one that looks like sellotape. They even have a weaker version of it called poster tape made for walls, slightly more expensive than the "permanent" double sided tape but pulls off at the similar strength as blue-tape, also, no backing to pull off either. Or you can use 3M's window tape that does have a backing on it and is used to put up vinyl to weatherproof your home during the winter.

  17. Sorry to sound salty but:
    You say no residue!
    What about the accelerator?
    I know it's not tape glue residue, nonetheless it is a foreign substance.
    Nice tip though, if you are happy with accelerator on your work piece/template.

  18. I have used Intertape double sided masking tape for almost 20 years and have yet to have an issue with it.

    For those asking about double sided making tape, just search Intertape double sided masking tape

  19. When I found double sided tape too sticky, I stuck two pieces of masking tape together using the double sided tape. Kinda goofy, but it does work.

  20. Probably best to spray accelerator on the roll before you pull a bit off to put on wood ,smaller work window but less interaction from overspray on the wood

  21. What about using the glue to bond 2 strips of blue tape together first. Now you have home made double sided tape instead of trying to match the blue tape strips afterwards.

  22. Great tip, we have been using the carpet tape for years now. When it comes to lark pieces over 16", the carpet tapes holding power is ideal, but when trying to seperate the template from a smaller piece it is extremelydifficultto unpair. This CA gle and painters tape idea will allow the smaller pieces to stay together and not cause damage when trying to get that template piece of the duplicate.

  23. The problem with single-sided tape is the infinite void when you reverse it. I prefer triple-sided tape which is sticky on both sides as well as across time.

  24. Maybe I'm late to the party..but why does he keep referring to the wood "super glue" as "CA glue"??..the concept makes perfect sense..I need this in my crafting life, no doubt.

  25. This is a great tip and I will use it when doing pattern routing. But what about for inlay work? I watching your older video about doing an inlay in the shaker table top and was wondering about using this method for that. Or would you still reach for the double sided tape in that situation?

  26. Isn't white masking tape less expensive than 3M blue tape. 3M products are usually quite superior and therefore more expensive.There is also greenish tape called Frog tape. Both of these products are specialty tapes and because of their intended purpose they are designed to release from painted surface without disturbing the surface and to prevent paint from seeping under the edge. Those qualities aren't needed for this specific use. Masking tape might be cheaper. Any thoughts?

  27. Good idea, Marc! I don't use CA glue because it is dried out before I use it again.
    Instead, I use double-stick tape. I first put down some painter's tape on both pieces where I will place the D-S tape. When I separate the two pieces, I can remove the painter's tape. There is no residue left behind. Try it and see for your self!

  28. Check out the Tombow removable transfet tape applicators. Thin, low-tack transfer tape. 3M, Zipatone, others also make low tack twosided transfer tape (3M yellow dohblestick) they all come clean, all thin. The right tool for the job.

  29. That is a great way to mount templates or for use with a CNC. but it is not strong enough to use with a lathe so I will be keeping a supply of double sided tape near my lathe along with my hot glue gun for the foreseeable future.

  30. Just finished up 4 Adirondack chairs. I spent so much $$$ on double sided tape. I diffidently using this on my next template project. My first time seeing this.

  31. Easier method:

    1. make some loops out of tape (glue side out)
    2. Put those on the template
    3. CA the insides of the loops.
    4. Accelerator
    5. Quickly join and press the pieces

  32. Buy your double stick tape from the big industrial hardware catalogues. Although I admit I haven't purchased recently, McMaster-Carr carried double stick in several grades of adhesion, and several widths of each. We used the weaker adhesion. Another commenter makes a good point about the cost of blue tape.

  33. first time i'm seeing it so thanks, specially because most double sided tape around here is the type with a foam core, for hanging pictures i guess ? only recently have i found normal double sided tape and it's not cheap.

  34. Mr. Wood Whisper,
    Thank you for opening my eyes to this trick.
    It’s saved my butt more than a handful of times in the last month alone!
    I appreciate it!

  35. I sell double-sided non-residue tape to many industrial customers. it exists, but not easy to find for the average consumer

  36. Thanks for sharing. I haven't seen that technique before. I'm definitely gonna try that in my coming projects.

  37. Wow! That is an awesome idea… And so simple. I can't believe I haven't ran across this idea before now! Lol I definitely plan on trying this method. Thanks!

  38. Thanks Marc, for informing us of the brilliant idea from Crimson Guitars.
    To round off the corners with a router, I was using the masking tape which I tightly wrapped around the work piece and the template. It worked, but was not suitable for all flush-trimming jobs. The method you have shown can be used wherever you use double-sided tape and it's simple, practical, more accurate and less expensive.

  39. I have used two coats of rubber cement also on each piece of tape. It takes more time for the coats to dry than this method but there is no worry of superglue going off the tape and glue the template to the work piece.

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