Is anyone using double face tape (3M automotive acrylic or urethane or 3M VHB) for temporary or permanent installations? Since I have started using it, I have kept finding new applications for it, and it saves lots of time. I started by using it to apply drawer faces to drawers with the drawers already installed in the cabinet openings. I would then slide the assembly out and put in a reinforcing screw from the back.
Before then, I was always mounting the faces with the drawers outside the cabinets, and hoping they would align when the drawers were put back in. Now I've started using the tape to put up cabinet crown molding if it has a finish, which would be hard to match putty to for nail holes (like glazed finishes), or cannot be easily screwed from the back side. It seems to hold like a rock whenever you can use it on an adequate surface area for it to get a real bite. The stuff is incredibly tenacious on most surfaces even though it was manufactured for contact with automotive finishes, metals, etc.
From contributor F:
I couldn't live without my two side tape in the shop. My latest discovery involved having to turn a bunch of faux bamboo molding on the lathe. Each bamboo turning yields two pieces of flat backed faux bamboo molding, so instead of the traditional glue and paper joint between the two halves of the turning blanks, I substituted double sided tape and clamped the halves together with a vice and it worked like a charm.
After turning, I used a chisel to start separating the halves and then pulled them apart the rest of the way by hand, and no wood was torn and there was no paper joint and glue to scrape off. Is the VHB really strong enough to hold crown molding to a cabinet for the life span of the work?