The best use ever for double stick tape

For the first 20+ years of making furniture I unknowingly struggled without the knowledge of the myriad of uses for double stick tape.  I barely even knew it existed until hiring an employee who was shocked when he found out there was none available in the shop.  He immediately went out and bought a roll and it’s now a shop staple.

Solid brass double ball catch

Solid brass double ball catch

For me by far the best use for double stick tape is as an aid in mounting door catches.  I use solid brass double ball catches for my cabinet doors.  These are very nice looking and functioning catches but they are very tricky to install.  The two parts of the catch have to be perfectly aligned but the mounting holes for the parts have absolutely no play in them.  If one or both parts had slots instead of holes alignment would be much easier.  I used to dread installing these catches but with the aid of double stick tape it is now a snap.

Step 1 is to mount the male half of the catch to the door.  I don’t use the tape for this half but rather clamp it in place, insert one of the screws, remove the clamp and level the part then insert the other screw.

Install the male half of the catch to the door frame.

Install the male half of the catch to the door frame.

For double doors I’ll position the male half of the catch at the top just inside the vertical frame member. This eliminates half of the wood movement of the door. (As the wood expands and contracts with changes in moisture the vertical door frame members shrink and swell in width.  This slight change in width effects the alignment of the catch.  Placing it inside the center frame member eliminates the effect that one has on the alignment.)

Put double stick tape of the back fo the female half of the catch and put the catch together on the door.

Put double stick tape of the back of the female half of the catch and put the catch together on the door.

Step 2 is where the fun begins.  Take the other half of the catch and put double stick tape of the back of it and trim the tape to the exact size of the catch.  Now remove the protective paper from the exposed side of the tape and put the tow parts of the catch together on the door.

Step 3: Close the door and firmly press the female half of the catch into place on the cabinet member it will be screwed to.  While holding the female half in place (with the aid of the tape) open the door.

The female half of the catch held in place with double stick tape is ready to accept screws.

The female half of the catch held in place with double stick tape is ready to accept screws.

The female half is now perfectly positioned on the cabinet member.  Screw it in place and you’re done!

These catches are available at Rockler.com.

 

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