Large size tape dispenser

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Project by DaleMaley posted 809 days ago 1615 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago, I was shipping a lot of items. I wanted a larger size tape dispenser that uses standard size shipping tape. The only ones I could find were over $50. I decided to design my own. I ended up making many of them as family gifts. They are especially popular for wrapping Christmas gifts.

I made them out of pine. I painted on the stain and did not wipe it off. I then sealed it with polyurethane. This is about the only finishing method that works well for me on pine.

I bought the steel cutting edges from a shipping packaging supply firm,

I recently entered the design into Google Sketchup, and uploaded it to the Warehouse. You can download a copy here.

For more details, see my web site.

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#1 posted 809 days ago

Great Idea, I did a similar one for my big roll of Blue tape. Mines not finished but I did use a broken hacksaw blade to cut the tape.This looks good.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 809 days ago

Thanks for the post.

I looked for one at Office Max recently and they had nothing for large tape rolls.

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Jeremy Greiner

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#3 posted 809 days ago

I need to make one of these, I loath the stupid tape dispenser packing tape normally comes in, loath it with a passion.

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#4 posted 809 days ago

Just the other day I was saying to myself, “self, you need to make a tape dispenser”. Thank you for posting this. I have some pine out in the shop that would work quite nicely for a project like this.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#5 posted 809 days ago

This is really nice. Did you put something in it for weight, or does just the heft of the item keep it steady for one handed use? I need to make one of these. In addition, the “not wiped off” stain idea needs to work its way into my shop. Thanks so much.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#6 posted 808 days ago

Good job Dale.
Looks great.

-- Having fun...Eric

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#7 posted 808 days ago

This looks like a neat project. I have to agree with Jeremy above…................

-- mike...............

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#8 posted 808 days ago

Dale, I gatto have one like that on my desk, just the scotch tape type though.
Can we get a stapler to go with it?
Thanks for the post.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#9 posted 808 days ago

yep…going to make a few of these too. Downloaded your plans, Thanks!! Good job .

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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BigFoot Products Canada

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#10 posted 808 days ago

This is a BRILLIANT idea… I love ingenuity… I’m going to cut some out with my Laser..
Thanks so much for the plans!!!!

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#11 posted 807 days ago

Handy-Dandy! A hacksaw blade also works well as a cutter. Congrats on the top-3 badge also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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