Saw this video the other day, and figured I would give it a try. Before this I was screwing pieces down. I tried carpet tape, but the residual buildup was horrible.
This works great! It is fast, flat, and leaves no residue or drill holes. I just used regular loctite superglue with a 10sec handling time, and had no issues. As soon as I can get some activator I will try it that way too.
I ran some hard maple through at 60 ipm and about .09 DOC on a 1/4 inch endmill (the settings I normally use when screwed down). It didn’t shift a bit. I’m sure I could go more aggressive, but just didn’t get the chance to try yet.
The only “problem” is that both taped surfaces have to be flat and free of debris, so may need to be surfaced first.
Wow. Great post. Can’t wait to try this. I screw everything down and it is definitely faster and more secure, but that time advantage quickly disappears when dealing with tabs, cutting, then sanding, etc. My spoil board on the big machine is in pretty bad shape right now, but I will try this on my next project. Thanks again @BradT
You should use tabs any time some material may be unsecured, and could move freely. In the technique shown in the video the tabs are not really needed because the material is affixed to the spoil board with tape and glue.
As always though, use your judgment. If you don’t feel completely comfortable with how secure something seems, don’t do it.
@Earwigger Just to avoid confusion. I did not make that video. I am just sharing it.
Please post your experience with it if you give it a shot.
I’ve been using this technique for a while, even before I got the X-Carve.
I use good quality 3M tape but cheap super glue, I think the last lot I got was $5 for 10 tubes.
I have on occasions gotten a little carried away with the amount of super glue used and it can leak out the side of the tape and stick to the workpiece where it’s a pain to remove and usually leaves a stain.
I use 665 Scotch tape on occasion. Usually when I’m cutting something with small sections that I don’t want to use tabs for. So I’ll use clamps for the whole piece and put some tape where the small cuts will be.
I use the same tape as @JeffParish, and I have to agree. No residue at all left on the wood and it just peels off with no issues. With some of the cheaper tape, I had a few parts come loose while cutting, this stuff really holds the pieces down.