|Project by Junji||posted 05-31-2009 04:42 AM||3422 views||8 times favorited||40 comments|
As you see in the last photo or 2 tape dispensers, I had been using the box type one on my desktop which I made several years ago. But these day, my son just keeps it in his room, so I decided to make one more with improvements from the old one.
The problems of the old one were…
1) It can’t be used by one hand, meaning when you pull the tape, the dispenser itself also moves, so you have to use the other hand.
2) The design is kind of boring.
3) this is not a problem, but to place the spindle, there needed to be slits for 2 sides. So I wanted to try something without this structure/device.
The old one, I used cement at the bottom of the box, but as a result it was not heavy enough, just weighs about 450g, about 1lb. So this time, I used metal plates, 150×35 x 12 mm, now the total weight is about 800g. 1.76lb. And used Urethan sheet at the bottom. This worked just great. This time, you can just cut the tape only by one finger.
For the design and structure, you can just see it… The only thing I noticed after I made it, was the cutting ,metal part needs to be at higher level from the tape is comeing off. The last one I made, it is just high enough, but it was just like so without any plan. And this new one, is almost the same level. (it was about 2mm short first, so I learned this) If this part is not high enough, the cut out left tape can’t stick to the metal part, meaning you just lose the tape end, and takes forever to find it…
I used white ash, rosewood, and cherry.
Anyway, I first thought, “A Tape Dispenser” = a piece of cake, but as a result, it is not. Maybe I want to try one more dirrefent design when I have time.
By the way, how come nobody make one of these here? Maybe scotch tape itself more used in Japan? (Almost every house has at least one of these, and every office has one too in Japan) Or scotch tape dispenser needed to be plastic there? Does somebody know???
-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/