April 12th, 2012, 12:03 PM
What brand do you use for attaching templates? I prefer screws when I can, but when making a pickguard, I need tape. I've been using Duck brand carpet tape all this time, and it's been wonderful. I'd get it at wal mart for like $4. But now me thinks it's been discontinued. Can't find it anywhere. Tried Rhino something or other from home depot, and it SUCKED.
April 12th, 2012, 03:46 PM
I really like this tape from Lowe's. Very sticky and leaves almost no residue when you remove it.
April 12th, 2012, 03:48 PM
Shurtape brand double sided duct tape from Lowes. Works a treat. =]
April 12th, 2012, 04:01 PM
Go to a golf shop and get grip tape.
That's what I use when routing pickguards.
April 12th, 2012, 04:17 PM
I buy double-sided tape from woodenspoke on Ebay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Guitar-Double-Sided-Tape-For-Router-Pattern-Use-Free-Ship-USA-/120867566464?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item1c2444b380). The tape is sticky enough to securely hold a routing template, but it's also easy to remove, leaving no residue. It's far superior to carpet tape. It's not cheap, but a roll lasts quite a while. Woodenspoke is also a good source for bone nut and saddle blanks.
April 12th, 2012, 04:34 PM
I use 2 sided Duck tape (blue backing).... sticks like there's no tomorrow.... I hope it's not getting dis-continued? I also get mine at Walmart for cheap..... I better stock up just in case... it's the best I've used so far .....
April 12th, 2012, 05:14 PM
The kind with the little fibers in it. Yeah it leaves behind a little adhesive residue but that cleans up fairly easily with some naptha on a rag. It holds like a bastard. One of the reasons I stopped using MDF for templates and started using birch ply. I was afraid I'd break a template trying to pull it loose.
I like this stuff for tasks like attaching sandpaper to my radius blocks and fret leveling beam, and holding on parts during mock-up:
April 12th, 2012, 06:07 PM
I was in Walmart the other day and they had quite a few rolls of the Duck brand carpet tape on the rack under the "tacky" duct tape. Well I wasn't going for it but what the hell, pun intended :mrgreen: What I was referring to as tacky is the printed crap, the regular looks bad enough in most situations but you start fixing a ripped seat with tiger or leopard print tape, even worse.
Colt W. Knight
April 12th, 2012, 07:20 PM
I only use Duck brand Double Sided Duct Tape. Never had it slip under routing. I can not say the same for other brands and carpet tape.
April 12th, 2012, 07:50 PM
I was a fan of Manco/Duck cloth carpet tape for years sold by Lowes. I can't get it around here anymore. I took Colt's suggestion on the double sided duct tape from lowes with the blue backing. It's as good as the Manco stuff.
April 13th, 2012, 12:40 AM
I also use the Shurtape from Lowes. Works just fine. Really hard to remove. I had trouble with it early on because I was trying to remove too much wood with the router at one time, which put a lot of pressure on the sides of the template, and led to some slipping. If you hog out your cavities with a forstner first, and then take small bites with the router, it works just fine. You should be doing this anyway. The router wasn't really designed to take big bites. But then again, I use screws whenever it is possible to do so.