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I just finished reading Woodsmith eTIPS on 5 different tapes for the woodshop. While I found the article interesting, it seemed to raise a number of questions. The first tape they discussed was Avery Dennison's Woodworkers Tape. If you check Amazon's reviews of this tape, there were some negative comments. One of the negative reviewers said Spectape ST501 (paper backing) was better. There is also a cloth backed tape Spectape H555136.

Another tape mentioned by Woodsmith was Speed Tape by FastCap. I have personal experience with the FastCap tape and found that it left residue behind; see attachment for a discussion.

What have your experiences been with double sided tapes?
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Tried some long ago. Didn't like it, too way too long, and way too much of a PITA, to cleanup the residue later. So now I tack my masters down. Works great, no residue, but does leave nail holes - no problem, the side with the nail holes is never on the outside of whatever. And, after the initial purchase price, no more expense. There is a video of a harp maker, making a concert harp, and he uses nails too.

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Been using Golfworks/GolfSmith 2 sides grip tape for years. Works great!! Also have a roll of Duck brand 2 sided tape that works almost as equally as well. Only difference is that for me at least the Golfworks grip tape last longer when doing multiple pieces from a single template. Usually 3-5 uses before having to replace the tape. Duck tape seems to run 2-4 applications. YMMV....

Rarely does one or the other leave behind any residue.
Duck tape can be a little fussy to peel apart and off
both reasonably priced and readily available
The roll of Duck tape I have is a mesh fiber, looks like drywall tape. Can't say if the new stuff is the same
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I have used XFasten Double Sided Tape that I bought from Amazon. It was a good price and sticks and releases from templates without leaving sticky residue.

Isn't the SpeedTape a more long term adhesive so you don't have to use a spray or other contact cement?

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I used the Duck Tape when I had 16 drawer sides to cut to the same profile using a pattern. The tape typically held for 4-6 pieces before it had to be renewed.

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A picture is worth a lot of typing...
Here's the Infinity setup jig set with their bits as well.
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A picture is worth a lot of typing...
Here's the Infinity setup jig set with their bits as well.
I think you are on the wrong tread, Tom.
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I have tried a few different brands when milling 6" long pieces for cutting boards. Duck brand was the strongest, of what I tried. As long as I did not take a heavy cut, no problems.

I used pieces of feeler gauges to set the depth. It was very consistent to nail a specific thickness on a piece of stock that was too short to run through the planer. Also I did not have a planer, at that time. I still use this process, from time to time when I have short lengths of stock to mill. I made a router sled which made it possible to do multiples of 6 pieces at a time.

I have also used it on the face of metal lathe jaws to make router base plates. I turned the OD, and machined the ID to accept the PC style guide bushings. This ensured total concentricity in one setup.

I know this thread is about DST, but I just wanted to explain the application. It may not work in every situation.

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Whatever they use they seem to have no trouble removing the backing, whereas I seem to have a lot more difficulty removing mine.....
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I have had some issues in removing the backing as well. It drove me nuts. Using a utility knife to cut it, and using the tip of the blade to get it started has given me the best results so far.
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