Scotch Tape Dispenser in Two Woods

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Project by FloridaArt posted 05-31-2011 02:50 AM 2890 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

May, 2011—I was inspired by seeing a photo of another woodworker’s tape dispenser. Then I had this odd-shaped cut-off from another project, and it seemed just about right to transform into a Scotch tape dispenser. This is made from poplar and pine. The poplar pieces are both dark and light. I guess that’s what makes poplar so interesting.

The tape width is 3/4-inches wide, so the pine in the center is over an inch. That’s plenty of room to allow the roll of tape to spin freely, without binding on the sides. The construction technique is very similar to a band saw box. First step is to glue up the layers of wood. Second step is to cut off the left and right sides. Third step is to hollow out the middle, to make room for the roll of tape. Fourth step is to make slots for the spindle to rest in, which I did with a drill press and a chisel. Fifth step is to glue the sides back to the center, and finish.

Tools used on this project: Band saw, drill press to make the spindle by putting a small dowel inside a big dowel. The drill press is also handy for making the channels for the spindle. I clamped the two halves together and drilled the hole so half the hole was in each side. Then used the chisel to square up the slots. A router was used to round-over the edges. A belt sander was used, followed by hand sanding.

This has three coats of brush-on gloss lacquer.

I had a piece of metal in my scrap box that worked nicely for cutting off the tape. Just had to sharpen the edge. This was fun to make and I am thinking of making some more. My wife quipped, “Hey, now there’s something people can actually use!”

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 02:58 AM

Art, Nicely done. I like the idea a lot and may have to play with this concept. Would make a nice gift for a desk.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 03:00 AM

That turned out great Art. One of the nicest tape dispencers around.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#3 posted 05-31-2011 03:58 AM

Well, it’s the nicest tape dispenser that I’ve personally ever seen!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 04:03 AM

very cool lookin.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 05-31-2011 04:48 AM

Very neat! This is a great gift idea!
Just curious, did you have to weight the bottom? I may try my hand at this one!
Thanks for sharing!!

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#6 posted 05-31-2011 12:27 PM

that sure is a purdy tape dispenser. very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 05-31-2011 01:52 PM

Nicely done! Very appealing design. This would make a good accessory to a desk set.
Nice to see your work again.

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#8 posted 05-31-2011 06:14 PM

niice :-)


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#9 posted 06-01-2011 02:16 AM

Always looking for exceptional projects yours is one one of them. Nicely done.

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#10 posted 06-01-2011 03:34 AM

Well done.

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#11 posted 06-07-2011 02:25 PM

Nice project, especially good for leftovers. I’ll bet my broken band saw blades- the 1/8” 14TPI would make good cutters. Thanks for the ideas

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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