Over the years, I've tried countless self-adhesive splicing tapes hoping to find one perfect for vacuum veneering. Some were too strong and impossible to remove after pressing a veneered panel. Others were not strong enough to hold the veneer seam tight. When I found a tape that I thought was just right, it turned out to be problematic because it contaminated the veneer face with adhesive after 1,700lbs of pressure was applied from my vacuum press. Blue painter's tape is a great example; it will hold a joint tight and remove easily but if you leave it on the veneer face during pressing, you'll find that it leaves a deep residue which can make staining and finishing a major headache.
Not long ago, one of our customers made a suggestion for me to try a tape that he had been using in a vacuum press and getting exceptional results. I ordered samples and found the same positive outcome. I'm quite thrilled with this stuff to be honest so I'm offering it here and hoping it will catch-on as the ultimate replacement for all other veneer tapes. We call it "Quick Stitch" because it is the fastest usable veneer tape available.
There's a lot to love about this tape!
Cut a clean edge on the veneers to be jointed/spliced. A sharp veneer saw is ideal for this task. Align the mating edges and hold tight with finger pressure. Place a small strip of Quick Stitch tape across the joint on the veneer face at 4 to 6 inch intervals. Then apply a fulll-length strip over the entire joint line. Press firmly with finger pressure or a seam roller. Flip the veneer face over and inspect the joint for gaps. If the joint is tight, flip the veneer back over so the face is upright. Set up your vacuum press and vacuum bag. Prepare the substrate with the proper veneer adhesive and lay the veneer onto the project panel. After pressing, simply remove the tape by pulling it off slowly at a 45 degree angle left or right of the joint line. If the tape is difficult to remove or pulls up splinters from the veneer, simply heat the tape with a hair dryer before proceeding. Sand and finish the veneered panel.
What can I do to remove the tape without it pulling up the wood fibers on an old, brittle veneer?
The grain in some veneer species can be tedious to work with. Mahogany is a good example because its grain splinters off very easily. Before you start the main project, it is always a good idea to check out the tape on a scrap or test panel. Some users have provided feedback that they were able to mitigate tearing issues with stubborn or sensitive veneers by heating the tape with a clothes iron. When using this technique, it is important to avoid excessive pressure on the tape as this can cause the adhesive to migrate onto the veneer.
Why is this tape thicker than regular veneer tape?
If it were thinner, the tape would be difficult to remove in one piece. Though it is .002" thicker, you won't have any problems with a layer of tape causing surface defects on the project panel.
Will this tape work with a hot press?
The heat will cause the adhesive on the tape to get gummy and so it will not remove cleanly.
Review by Tim Wolfe
When you really need a tough tape to hold panels to the substrate from both sides, or to hold panels tightly together this tape is super tough and won't tear. After pressing, be sure you are in a warm room to remove - sometimes you need to roll it off with the thumb if it sticks, but there is no residue and it holds tight.
Review by Richard Kalnins
Just bought a dozen roles! My latest job was with burl white oak. Regular veneer tape is fine for sheets that are flat and pliable like paper. For veneers that do not share this characteristic - - burl white oak - this tape does a tremendous job at keeping the seams down and together. It took me only one seam on this tougher veneer to realize that this will now be my default tape for veneering. Do yourselves a favor and buy just one role and give it a try. That is what I did!
Review by Eric S.
This tape works great. I use a heat gun to remove it though and if any adhesive residue remains, I tack it off with some of the same tape. Way easier to work long seams than traditional tape.
Review by Rod T.
I have used several rolls of Joe's favorite veneer tape and it works really well. Easy to apply and holds the joint tightly. I nearly always have to heat gently with a hot air gun to remove it - watch out because overheating will leave you with glue residue to rub off. This tape is much thicker than old style veneer tape and on softer woods it can leave an impression. Not a problem if you can sand it out, but tricky if you are working with stained or very thin veneer.
Review by B. Breck
This product is does what it says. It holds veneer pieces tight at the joint. I use it on the face side and then press my panel. Its a good product but sometimes the tape is a bit too tacky and I've twice had struggles to remove it. Joe suggested using a hair dryer to loosen the adhesive and that worked fine. Just remember to pull the tape off slowly and use a sharp angle (pull the tape off low to the surface).
Review by Eric Randese
I think I was one of the first people to get some of this tape from this website. I bought it because I do quite a bit of veneer lay outs in my shop. My partner cuts the sheets and I tape them together and press them. This tape works as advertised. I was surprised by how well the joint is held tight during a pressing and even more surprised by how easy it was to remove compared to regular tape. Tape removal has always been a tedious and time consuming part of jointing veneers. Lets not forget that time is money. With that in mind, this tape pays for itself. Shipping was reasonable on my order and the customer service here is top notch.