Great Gear: The Temporary Fastener That Hides Its Tracks

Many woodworking operations require temporarily fastening things together in a way that allows harm-free detachment. That’s where double-faced tape rolls to the rescue. You can use it to attach templates to workpieces for pattern-routing and to secure workpieces to jigs and fixtures. It’s a great way to temporarily affix auxiliary faces, stop blocks, and hold-downs onto fences and machine tables. Need a quick zero-clearance top for your router table or table saw? Just tape a plywood panel to the top and then raise the cutter through it. Have a lot of identical parts to bandsaw? Tape them together and gang-saw them. Want a quick mock-up of a project to assess proportions? Stick the parts together. The tape will fasten turning blocks to faceplates and perform lots of other tricks just not thought of yet. And the beautiful thing about the stuff is that it won’t mar your work like screws or other mechanical fasteners.

Double-faced tape is available in assorted widths and in paper, cloth, or plastic form. (See p. 62) It’s worth checking out the various types to see what performs best for the work you᾿re doing. It certainly won’t go to waste in any active shop. 

—Paul Anthony

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