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Project by Junji posted 05-31-2009 04:42 AM 3292 views 8 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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/





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FrankLad

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#1 posted 05-31-2009 04:46 AM

REALLY nifty, Junji!

It’s a tape dispenser I wouldn’t mind having on my desk. Far better looking than the big black plastic one I’m currently using. :)

Keep up the good work!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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#2 posted 05-31-2009 04:52 AM

This is cool. I know I rarely use tape, unless my wife won’t shut her pie-hole! All kidding aside we really don’t use that much tape. In offices everyone has a scotch tape dispenser but it is not often used at home, except for present wrapping.

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#3 posted 05-31-2009 04:57 AM

junji ;
what a simple design ,
and very good looking .
where do you get the “cutter ” ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 05-31-2009 04:59 AM

Hey Junji
This is a cool idea well done.

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#5 posted 05-31-2009 05:53 AM

Nice job Junji!

David, I can’t speak for him (I guess that’s what I’m doing, after all… :oD ) but if it were me, I’d go to one of the pervasive 100 yen shop (Dollar Store) and get a cheapo dispenser for one buck so I could throw it all but the cutter metal part.

Ah, what would we do without Daiso? ;o)

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#6 posted 05-31-2009 06:28 AM

sounds like there,s more to a dispenser than meets the eye. That a nice project.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#7 posted 05-31-2009 07:41 AM

I like it :-)) I don’t know why nobody ever did one before, just never thought of it i guess. Looks better than the plastic gadgets we all use.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Junji

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#8 posted 05-31-2009 09:03 AM

Frank,
Thank you. Maybe you should think of making one yourself! I wanna see your version too.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Junji

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#9 posted 05-31-2009 09:05 AM

Christopher,
Right, for the pie-hole!
Well, I think it’s just a difference of the life-style. I know if there isn’t scotch tape, we can do something else for that, but it’s just there all the time…

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Junji

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#10 posted 05-31-2009 09:12 AM

david,
Thank you! Yes, as Jojo said we can get a factory product tape dispenser at any 100 yen shop, so I just took the blade from it. But it’s just strange way, buying a tape dispenser to make a tape dispenser… You can also buy only the cutters, it is 58 yen, but I have to pay for the shipping, so for now, 100 yen shop is the cheapest way to do it.
If I make 10 of these, someday, I would buy only the cutter from the shop.
Actually I tried to make it from steel can, and looked OK, but didn’t cut as much as it needed to be.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Junji

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#11 posted 05-31-2009 09:19 AM

Skarp,
You are using your computer in your shop? I never use mine, because of the dust, but it would be great if you can use it at the shop, too. Maybe I should start thinking about bringing one there, on old iBook which I don’t use often. So maybe the keyboard of yours are full of glue ???

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Junji

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#12 posted 05-31-2009 09:20 AM

Jim,
Thank you so much as always.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Junji

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#13 posted 05-31-2009 09:22 AM

Jojo,
Ah you know everything! Daiso is one of my favorite shop, and the cutter is also from Daiso’s dispenser.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Junji

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#14 posted 05-31-2009 09:26 AM

kiwi1969,
It is more complex than I thought, but more interesting than I thought. I wanna try one more sometime soon.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Junji

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#15 posted 05-31-2009 09:28 AM

3fingerpat,
Yes, that was what I was thinking about too. This could be a great gift.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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