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Thread: Durable, grippy, glue-able, thin, rubber strips or sheets?

  1. #16
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    Michael Kehs wrote about making your own Universal Jam Chuck in the April 2017 Woodcraft mag. and he calls for a sheet of neoprene to cover it. He sourced it at seattlefabrics.com. He recommended the nylon backed 3 or 4 mm thickness stuff. He specifically recommended against mouse pad material because it's too slick.

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    How about sheets of rubber they use for RV roofs? You might find some scraps to try at a repair place.
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    At some of the larger hobby shops (e.g., Michael's or Hobby Lobby, etc.) they sell closed cell foam sheets. I use them on my wood lathe vacuum chuck. Attach it with either silicon rubber (the type 1) or with urethane adhesive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Schwabacher View Post
    Use silicone RTV, "
    That was my first thought after reading the OP.

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    Have you considered using self adhesive non-skid material. The navy uses it in lots of places and it wears like iron and stays stuck despite lots of foot and other traffic.
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    Another suggestion: I have used this material for non-slip, but non-sticky, non-abrasive application that needed a good self-adhesive to boot. Not like sandpaper, or skateboard tape, and I have good results on my pocketknives (one-handed thumb stud openers) and guns.

    https://www.amazon.com/TALON-998R-Gr...ords=grip+tape

    I have had no trouble with the adhesive slipping or peeling, but your application will be trying to slide this stuff sideways under pressure (shear), so that could be a concern.
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    Grip tape. Used on skateboard decks. Adhesive backed already.
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    After reading this I bought a sheet of to try. Looks and feels good out of the package, will test when I get the time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Loy View Post
    Another suggestion: I have used this material for non-slip, but non-sticky, non-abrasive application that needed a good self-adhesive to boot. Not like sandpaper, or skateboard tape, and I have good results on my pocketknives (one-handed thumb stud openers) and guns.

    https://www.amazon.com/TALON-998R-Gr...ords=grip+tape

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    You might try Lee Valleys Bench Puck material http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/pag...=1,43456,43465 It works well for making jigs for me or making bench pucks. Dan

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    How about pond liner. Should be locally available. I've used it for similar projects.

  11. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by Robin Dobbie View Post
    I made ten of these a few years ago:



    They're a clone of these:



    What I'm trying to figure out is what to make the clamp pads out of that will last any length of time? I'm not even sure bessey has that figured out since they sell replacement pads. Although they might sell them for different reasons because they sell them with the cams and everything, not just the pad. ...and for about as much as a new clamp, at least where I saw them for sale.

    My first try was a brand new mouse pad. It had a satin cloth adhered to the top and some thin, grippy rubber on the bottom. I cut the rubber into strips and epoxied them to the cams. Lasted a few months I think before the rubber started deteriorating and leaving marks on the projects. Like rubber powder was getting ingrained.

    Second try was vinyl seat fabric. It was 88 cents for way more than enough. It just wasn't grippy enough. It does work great in my bench vises where more pressure is applied.

    Third try was epoxying 150-grit paper to the vinyl already in place. Worked great once. Second use the paper-vinyl bond started giving up. So that was a fail. And I'd like to maybe not have sandpaper on the projects in this fashion.

    My ideas include silicone baking mats, or rolls of adhesive-backed neoprene rubber. First I'm not sure how to glue the silicone non-stick mats. But now I'm not even sure where to find the thicker ones that are grippy. Seems like all I could find today on amazon were thin and or not grippy-looking.

    Not sure how durable the neoprene strips would be. Any thoughts?

    *addition to post:

    Found this chart online.



    Looks like silicone is a good candidate as far as lifespan. Do you think Devcon 12045 silicone adhesive would be a good choice for gluing strips from a silicon baking mat to semi epoxy-soaked wood?
    https://www.amazon.com/BooTaa-Skateb...rip+tape&psc=1

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    Those are cool!! I think applying something is prone to failure. If it was me, I would make the entire part out of a hard rubberized product and cut groves across to improve the "grippieness". Also, insert a steel sleeve for the bolt. Just my $.02
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  13. #28
    Interesting thread with lots of ideas here. My thinking is that anything that uses pressure sensitive adhesive would have problems with the grippy stuff creeping with the extended side pressure that would come with clamping use.

    The RTV silicone sounds promising, but when it wears out, the cam would have to be abraded to completely remove all traces of silicone because it won't stick to itself.

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    Another idea comes to mind:drill a hole and insert/glue in a rubberized rod. That's $.04
    Ask a woodworker to "make your bed" and he/she makes a bed.

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    I would try band saw tire bands.

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