Large size tape dispenser

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Project by DaleMaley posted 05-05-2012 12:54 PM 1787 views 10 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 05-05-2012 01:26 PM

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 05-05-2012 01:59 PM

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 05-05-2012 02:05 PM

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 05-05-2012 02:20 PM

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 05-05-2012 02:22 PM

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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Eric in Central Florida.

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#6 posted 05-05-2012 03:26 PM

Good job Dale.
Looks great.

-- Retirement suits me fine !

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#7 posted 05-05-2012 05:04 PM

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

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

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#8 posted 05-06-2012 03:54 AM

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 05-06-2012 12:26 PM

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 05-06-2012 01:05 PM

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 05-06-2012 11:55 PM

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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