Stop Buying Double-Sided Tape!

Stop Buying Double-Sided Tape!

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Double-sided tape has been a constant woodworking companion of mine since the first time I attempted a flush-trimming operation. It wasn’t perfect, but it did the intended job of holding two pieces together. The stuff I used was sold as Turner’s Tape. My main issues were that it often left a sticky residue on the surface and that it would sometimes take wood fibers with it upon removal. Although the bond was tight, I sometimes found that the template would shift under pressure as the thick adhesive layers allowed for a little bit of creep. 

A few years ago, I came across this video from Crimson Guitars. https://youtu.be/ub6PsY4cgwg  It shows “an old luthier’s trick” using blue tape and CA glue to effectively attach templates with no residue. I initially scoffed at the idea because I was so stuck in the mind-set of using double sided tape. After trying it a few times, I became a big believer and I haven’t purchased double-sided tape since then. 

The concept is simple. With a piece of blue tape on both pieces, we can put CA glue on top of the tape and bring the pieces together for a secure bond. The glue bonds to the two pieces of tape and the tape bonds to the wood. While it might not be as strong as double-sided tape, it’s strong enough for the intended application. I also found that this bond was more rigid than the one achieved with double-sided tape and I don’t get the creep I occasionally experienced in the past. 

So give it a try. Most of us has everything we need for this already in the shop. Here are some links for the stuff shown in the video:

– Double-Sided Turner’s Tape – https://amzn.to/2S6eHol
– CA Glue – https://amzn.to/2FP1hHK
– CA Glue Activator – https://amzn.to/2TfbgsJ
– Blue Painter’s Tape – https://amzn.to/2Wk7z76

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50 Comments

  1. Anthony E. Idealistic Woodworks on December 21, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Another trick is to just loop the pieces of blue tape, no ca glue needed.



  2. SuperBardley on December 21, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Good tip Marc, thanks for posting it. It leads me to wonder about using a squirt of hot melt instead of the CA, and I’m talking about the high temp stuff so that it squeezes out nice and thin.



  3. Marlene Pisani on December 21, 2022 at 1:05 am

    what am I missing here?? wouldn’t the glue just keep the blue tape stuck to each other? why wouldn’t the board just release from the blue tape?



  4. helmut666kohl on December 21, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Have you tried this new clear nano reuseable tape?



  5. stillesorrow on December 21, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Great tip…



  6. Arthur Ortega on December 21, 2022 at 1:08 am

    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!



  7. Jeff Lance on December 21, 2022 at 1:10 am

    Used this method to correct bandsaw drift on drawer faces. Thx Mark!



  8. James Huey on December 21, 2022 at 1:10 am

    Okay, for an example question only: I have several small photos that I wish to mount in my travel trailer on the walls. I do not want to have any residue left or to tear the wallpaper or wallboard when I remove them and yet, I want something which will hold the weight of the pictures when the trailer is actually being towed down the highway. I have tried using industrial strength Velcro in the past, but after a very few days, the glue on the strips always seems to let loose and thus makes the pieces not hold. This was especially noted when I put some industrial strength Velcro on the base of a toilet paper holder to keep it steady in the trailer as we moved. The Velcro simply would not continue to adhere to the vinyl flooring, even though it did so initially.

    This method may be just the answer for light weight signs and photos, so what do you think about using it as such?

    When I have tried to use Velcro pads to attach cables or cords to the dash of my truck, they all seem to come off very quickly when exposed to any temperature variation. The glue simply does not adhere well on Velcro strips for some odd reason. This is the same even when there is virtually no weight to them for holding up a GPS or radar detector cord.



  9. Dixon (DJ) Allen on December 21, 2022 at 1:11 am

    I’ll have to try this…thx!



  10. Roman Smolkin on December 21, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Hi, do you know what double sided tape stick to wood? I was reading 3M 4950 says wood has to be finished/sealed… I am trying to attach some wood pieces to acrylic photo prints in order to have a wire in the back for hanging (required by gallery). But I tried J-B Weld Epoxy that someone recommended, and it soaked through to the image ruining the print. So someone else suggested 3M VHB tape, but I don’t want to have to seal all the wood pieces first, that’s a lot of extra work. The weight is not a lot about 2 lb, and I can put about 20 sq in of tape…



  11. Realism91 on December 21, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Make a toggle clamp fixture for most common templates.



  12. Star Rider on December 21, 2022 at 1:15 am

    Instead of having to match up the two pieces of tape, you could put the first piece of tape down, put the CA glue on it, put the other piece of tape down on top of the first piece, with it’s sticky side up, and THEN put the other piece of wood on top of the tape.



  13. Anonymous98 on December 21, 2022 at 1:16 am

    When using double-sided tape, any residue can be easily removed with Heptane, a/k/a rubber cement solvent, available online and in many art supply shops, hobby shops, even hardware stores. Use it in a well-ventilated area or wear the correct mask. It leaves no residue or staining when it evaporates (about 30 to 45 seconds), but any remaining glue regains its stickiness, so you can easily tell whether or not you got it all. The sticky part of Blue tape can then be used to pick up any glue residue, or you can apply Heptane one more time. A handy commercial version of a similar chemical is UnDo, which comes with an easy to control applicator and a plastic scraper which will not scratch the wood surface when removing the residue, or trying to remove older, hardened glue. Here is a link to UnDo – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072J9BPMC/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_G9KBEbMY49X89.

    UnDo leaves no residue or staining, in my experience, but I find that many other brand-name adhesive removers may leave an oily residue after the adhesive has been dissolved and removed. If using one of those, test it first on a scrap piece of wood.

    Thanks for the tip on using CA glue and blue tape for these projects. After seeing how simple and effective it is, I’m sure I will be using this technique very soon. Some people don’t have any experience with using CA accelerator, as shown in the video, but I have found that it is the magic chemical that gets CA glue to set immediately, no matter the project, and for permanently joining 2 pieces of almost anything together, you can spray it on after you apply the glue to get the bond to set immediately.



  14. William Penn jr. on December 21, 2022 at 1:16 am

    blue tape sucks. it doesnt hold for sh#t. Most of the time it peals off on its own, like using post-it notes.



  15. Don't Be Shleepin' on December 21, 2022 at 1:16 am

    Before you use the double-sided tape on the piece you want to join, stick it to your pants or a piece of smooth fabric gently and it will pickup up some fibers and not make it so sticky.



  16. Ted's Custom Crafted Pens on December 21, 2022 at 1:19 am

    I’m seeing this for the first time, and taking double-stick tape off my shopping list.



  17. Jared Lamb on December 21, 2022 at 1:21 am

    more effort more expensive and more damage to your work piece, i do like the outside of the box thinking though



  18. Cat Bangs on December 21, 2022 at 1:22 am

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



  19. Jason on December 21, 2022 at 1:23 am

    No residue except for the accelerant you sprayed all over it.



  20. Theresa Washington on December 21, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Hello ??? Does that work on hanging mirrors?



  21. Bala Chandar on December 21, 2022 at 1:26 am

    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.



  22. 93m20s on December 21, 2022 at 1:29 am

    I saw some marks using the around the tape using CA glue method, are those wet marks that go away or they remain?



  23. USHA DHOLE on December 21, 2022 at 1:30 am

    I like your tattoo



  24. beverly hartnett on December 21, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Great tip,



  25. Ray Piper on December 21, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Will this idea work to hang vinyl coverings over windows to keep the arctic air out of the house in winter time for about 8 months?



  26. uTubed007 on December 21, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Using double-sided tape with the blue masking tape would be better than with the liquid methinks.



  27. Seymour Kitty on December 21, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Can I do this with my gorilla glue? Whats CA glue.



  28. nrich51 on December 21, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Looking for a cheap alternative – both pieces of wood have squares of top quality painters tape strategically stuck on them – where they meet when one placed on top of the other – a drop of Crazy clue …



  29. ANR164 on December 21, 2022 at 1:35 am

    Has anybody tested this on a planerbed with good results?



  30. mrdhksan on December 21, 2022 at 1:36 am

    Hi, I’m not clear on what the purpose is. Why are you taping two pieces of wood, only to then remove the tape and separate the pieces of wood? Why would one do this? Or, if the purpose is two just keep the two boards bonded and you are just wanting to show us by comparing residue, why does residue matter? As long as the boards are clamped, flush, and bonded, would you even notice the residue?



  31. Karl Riley on December 21, 2022 at 1:36 am

    Do you think this will work good on a CNC hobby machine as a hold down?? Like the Shapeoko?



  32. ME First on December 21, 2022 at 1:36 am

    AN THE ACTIVATOR WORKS ON ALL CA OR SUPPER GLUE !!! YOU CAN GET 8 ONCES OF SUPPER GLUE AT HD FOR 7.98 OR 15 DOLLARS FOR 2 ONCES ON AMAZON…
    BUT I WOULD USE SPECIAL CA IF YOU ARE DOING A SPECIAL WOOD PROJECT !!!



  33. Joseph D Anderson on December 21, 2022 at 1:39 am

    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!



  34. kapowshi on December 21, 2022 at 1:39 am

    If you want to make your tape less sticky, just stick it to your jeans and pull it off a few times before sticking it onto the wood.



  35. Simply Trolling on December 21, 2022 at 1:39 am

    If accelerator is necessary then I’ll stick to the double sided tape



  36. Vivek Sawhney on December 21, 2022 at 1:44 am

    Speaking of Crimson Guitars, have you considered an electric guitar build?



  37. Henry Schuyten on December 21, 2022 at 1:49 am

    I’m seriously allergic to CA glues, so I use rubber cement on the back of the painters tape.



  38. M Schepie on December 21, 2022 at 1:52 am

    I’m sorry but i don’t like these type of video’s. Maybe i’m biased because i work for 3M who have been known for delivering great adhesives and tapes for different industries for many years, but still…
    This title would have been better: Stop Buying ‘Wrong’ Double-Sided Tape!



  39. ed MC on December 21, 2022 at 1:54 am

    WHAT KIND OF BLUE TAPE WAS THIS ????



  40. DSCRAFT on December 21, 2022 at 1:54 am

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



  41. hellio ringos on December 21, 2022 at 1:57 am

    Try the double sided washable tape.



  42. Darren Gerbrandt on December 21, 2022 at 1:57 am

    Hard to find double-sided tape here that is any good. Love this method, both the CA glue and painters tape are easy to find for me and work very well.



  43. Stefan on December 21, 2022 at 1:57 am

    I’m a fan of this channel, but people might want to check out Jonathan Katz-Moses, who argues the exact opposite.



  44. Dennis Williams on December 21, 2022 at 1:57 am

    Would this work with turning small things like rings?



  45. Follow Me on December 21, 2022 at 1:58 am

    Hot glue is also good to use between two layers of blue tape



  46. Reviews hub on December 21, 2022 at 1:58 am

    Awesome Video! I’ve Subscribed also. Thanks



  47. Steve Rose on December 21, 2022 at 1:58 am

    To get the two pieces of tape aligned perfectly, apply a piece of tape to one board, put a bit of CA glue on that piece, moisten another piece of tape and press it gently onto the first piece of tape, lastly press on the second board.



  48. Dan G on December 21, 2022 at 2:01 am

    Cool trick, I like this for small pieces like knife scales where I need zero movement for drilling pin holes. I’ve been using carpet tape for years, it’s stronger than most crappy double-sided tape and it comes off completely residue free (it’s like a big booger, just peels off). It’s strong enough that I can bandsaw/sand/drill two joined pieces with little or no creep, and I can usually juuust pull it apart (rarely need a little wedge to get it started). A little goes a long way, so for 2 pieces of wood I’ll put a strip at either end. A “roll” lasts me a long time (it comes in a little box, all rolled up with waxpaper backing- cut off a piece as needed).



  49. James Devers on December 21, 2022 at 2:01 am

    Dang!! That’s a good idea!!



  50. Liver Bones on December 21, 2022 at 2:03 am

    Ohhhh! Thank you so much! I’ve been wanting to make stickers but don’t have double sided tape, however, for some reason my family has a lot of blue tape!