Masking tape clamps are very useful when you are gluing something together that does not require a huge amount of pressure. I first learned about using tape as a clamp from binding acoustic guitars. Since then, I have used masking tape on many occasions to aid in clamping decorative trim and bindings in place for other projects.
Masking Tape Clamps
I have been working on this box here and there for a few days. It’s a simple Pine rectangle box, and I wanted to add a little flair to the look. I had a small stash of Cocobolo wood laying around, so I decided to trim out a few places.
Cocobolo is a irritating wood for many people. Thankfully for me, I only end up with a runny nose and some extra congestion for an evening. Some people have severe allergic reactions to the wood. If you decide to work with Cocobolo, make sure you are careful until you know how your body will react.
On this box, I started by making several rabbets around the two faces. These are the biggest areas, so I decided to put a border on them with the Cocobolo. The nice thing about this kind of operation is that the binding strips do not need much force to hold them in place.
In cases like this, masking tape clamps are the easiest way to secure the pieces. I always keep a few rolls of masking tape in the shop for this reason, and it’s a quick way to secure several small pieces at once.
How to Use Masking Tape Clamps:
I prefer to do these about every couple inches. If you work your way from one side to the other, the tape will hold the strips well.
As you are applying the masking tape clamps, press the binding strip in place, and then secure it with a strip of tape. Repeat this as you go. The tape itself does not do a great job of staying in one piece if you pull it too hard. This is why you need to press the piece, and then tape it. Let your fingers apply the pressure, then the tape keeps it there.
Once the glue has dried, all you do is peel the tape and you are done.
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