|Project by FloridaArt||posted 05-31-2011 02:50 AM||2351 views||10 times favorited||11 comments|
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