High-friction material is also available in smaller (1" and 2") pre-cut disks or larger sheets of material that can be cut to suit the application. Many shop jigs, such as bench hooks and shooting boards for example, are built to hold the workpiece in a stable position for working. However, unless these jigs are clamped to the bench, they often move around during use. This impacts precision and, most important, the safety of these jigs; nobody wants a saw hook sliding on them mid-stroke when cutting a piece. A few strategically placed circles or strips of the high-friction material locks the jig to the bench top, while still allowing it to be moved around easily.
Sharpening set-ups, such as stone or glass holders, can also benefit from added stability in use. The high-friction material is rubberized, which means it has some give, so it will confirm to shavings and material on the bench to ensure a stable and safe work platform. An added benefit of the high-friction rubber material is the sound-deadening, which helps keep the workshop a quieter place.
Pick up four practice hockey pucks and an eight-pack of 2-3/4" Grip Discs to take your work-holding game to the next level.
The high-friction tape applied to the bottom of a shooting board locks it to the table during use, maximizing the safety and accuracy of this fixture.
Text and photos by Richard Wile
Richard Wile, Lee Valley staff member, is a woodworker from Nova Scotia who has built musical instruments and furniture from all genres. He has also taught and written about woodworking both locally and abroad. Follow him on Instagram: @rdwile