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.
For free plans to build a self-contained spray-adhesive drawer, visit: woodmagazine.com/spraydrawer.
For a small fee, download the plan for this wall-hung tape dispenser at: woodmagazine.com/tapedispenser.
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