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Double-faced tape: Two types, two strengths
Pulling up a little piece of paper on wood
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Apply cloth-backed tape sparingly--
putting it on the full length of a piece
may make it impossible to separate
the pieces without damaging them.
Pulling up paper on wood on metal surface
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Better suited to adhering pieces
not subject to much shear force
(like this miter-gauge extension),
paper-backed tape allows for some
DoubleFace tape chart
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Double-faced tape: Two types, two strengths

Double-faced tape comes in two types suitable for woodworking: cloth-backed and paper-backed. As with spray adhesives, you choose the type of tape that gives just enough grip for the task at hand. See the chart (bottom) to learn the best uses for each kind.

Before applying either, first wipe clean the surfaces to be attached. Dust and oily films will prevent the tape from taking a firm hold.

After making a cut or completing an operation, you may find that the pieces you taped together won't separate (which can happen if you leave pieces taped together too long). Don't force them apart and risk damaging the wood grain. Instead, drizzle mineral spirits into the joint between the two pieces and give it a few seconds to soak in and weaken the adhesive.

More Resources:
For free plans to build a self-contained spray-adhesive drawer, visit:

For a small fee, download the plan for this wall-hung tape dispenser at:


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