1 Board 1 Project "bench sander" tape dispenser

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Project by DickB posted 03-26-2013 08:07 PM 3555 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a packaging tape dispenser and was all set to make a plain utilitarian one when I ran across the 1 Board 1 Project Spring Challenge, so I got inspired to get a little more creative. I suppose ChuckV’s chisel rack got me thinking about relating my dispenser to the shop, and started thinking about what hand or power tools somewhat resemble the shape of a dispenser. Hmm, the bench sander kinda fit. So I started working on a design.

The 4” diameter rolls of tape set the scale of the project. It took some doing to get all of the parts cut out of a 12” x 12” board. It would have been much easier to fit a dispenser for “standard” size office tape onto the 12” x 12” board. I did have to make a few compromises to get all the parts out of that one board. There was no room for two 3” round hub parts to hold the roll of tape, so I didn’t make them full circles, but the partial hub works just fine. A 3/16” brass tube makes up the axle. I also had to cut the piece that holds the serrated cutting blade out of the middle of the base, because there was no place else to get it. But the hole left in the base causes no issues and can’t be readily seen.

To get my 12” x 12” board, I glued up a couple pieces of 1/2” oak stock from the home center. All of the parts were carved and cut at once with my CarveWright CNC, including slots on the back for the hub axle to slide down and forward.

The metal cutter was salvaged from a used up disposable dispenser for smaller-diameter rolls.

I thought about attaching an actual piece of sandpaper to the disk, but decided to carve a sandpaper-like surface instead. I wanted it clear that this is a wood piece and didn’t want to cover or paint the surfaces. I did use some stains of various colors for accent.

So I ended up with a functional dispenser and a bit of a conversation piece, thanks to the challenge.

-- Dick,

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#1 posted 03-26-2013 08:27 PM

Looks good. Any conversation piece is always a big plus.

-- An oak tree is just a nut that stood it's ground.

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 08:34 PM


I like that a lot. The 1/0 on/off buttons are a great touch!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 09:46 PM

At first I didn’t think you had done that with CnC, then I read your description. Still pretty sweet.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#4 posted 03-26-2013 09:59 PM

Very creative grat job.

-- Todd

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#5 posted 03-26-2013 10:50 PM

Very creative!. Cool design and nice job. Congratulations and thnk for post it

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#6 posted 03-26-2013 11:06 PM

Cool design, and functional. Very nice work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 03-27-2013 12:23 AM

Kool design, it will function & be a conversational piece aswell!


-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#8 posted 03-27-2013 12:33 AM

That’s all I got!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 03-27-2013 03:35 AM

What a great entry, very thoughtful, creative and resourceful. Love that killer disc sander table and those pretend screws. Let’s hope they never change the inside diameter of the tape rolls!

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#10 posted 03-27-2013 04:48 PM

Fun looking project. Always neat to have a functional but good looking utility piece.


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

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#11 posted 03-28-2013 11:33 AM

I don’t have a CarveWright CNC, Do you have a set of drawn plans for sale. I’d like to make one for the shop for the packing tape and one for my desk for regular scotch tape.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#12 posted 03-28-2013 01:16 PM

I don’t have drawn plans, as the design was done using the CarveWright’s proprietary Designer software. But I have extracted drawn plans from another project and can possibly do the same with these. It may be a few days before I can get to it. I will post a notification here.

-- Dick,

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#13 posted 03-28-2013 02:18 PM

Sure hope to see it posted as a project for other CW customers! I’m sure they will love it along with your clocks and other great projects for the CarveWright. Great job, Dick!

-- Connie Ratisseau - Sales & Marketing for the CarveWright System & STL Slicer

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#14 posted 03-28-2013 08:58 PM

Is it possible to get the Carvewright MPC for this project. Great carve.

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#15 posted 03-29-2013 02:23 AM

I’m probably going to put the project into the PatternDepot, but until then for Lumberjocks send me a personal message through the forum with your email address, or contact me through my web site email address, and I will send you the files.

-- Dick,

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