A Grocery List/Out-going Mail Type Thing

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Project by littlecope posted 409 days ago 1576 views 23 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At one of the Cottages that we stayed at when we were kids, they had one of these little Arts & Crafts type things prominently displayed in the kitchen. I always thought it was a great idea…
Later, working in Restaurants, I found an almost endless supply of the cash register rolls of paper… Because when they get low, they start to malfunction in the printer and get tossed…
So, these two circumstances contributed to the making of the first one (a real Caveman affair!) about ten years ago…The old grocery list...

That one worked very well, for its intended purpose, but wasn’t very… attractive…
I decided to upgrade…
Re-sawed some of the Bubinga, and already had some “Banding” left over from a Box project…Going to make a "dispenser" for 3" register paper...

About an hour later I had this made up and glued…A new grocery list/mail holder...

On the new one, I added a “Cradle” for the pencil or pen, and a slot to put letters-to-be-mailed in… Also, a slot was cut so the roller spindle would self-feed for any size roll…
I don’t know whether I’m going to buy any new rolls for it. Went to Staples and a case of twelve is almost twenty dollars!! That would be enough to last a life-time I guess, but with my luck I’d forget where I put the extras…

Anyway, there it is, a simple project that is surprisingly useful. It’s placed so I can’t go out without seeing what we need at the store, or whether some Mail needs posting…Can't go out...

As ever, comments are always welcome… :)
14 July 2013

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 409 days ago

Very nifty, and handy-dandy idea.

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

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#2 posted 409 days ago

Thanks Roger!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 409 days ago

Well made and a neat idea, Mike.

The ability to tear off just the right amount of list, with no waste, appeals to my OCD side.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 409 days ago

Great idea, Mike! I like all of the improvements in V.2.0

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 409 days ago

Mike, this is a very unique project. I think one for the shop is in order. I’m always forgetting something I need. Thanks for sharing. It will be on my list.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#6 posted 409 days ago

Oh man, I need one of those!

-- Sergio, Galicia (Spain),

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#7 posted 409 days ago

Nice job Mike.
It makes remembering things from the store much easier.
I’m always hearing “Did you remember?” and the answer is usually “no”...
No more !
Thanks !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#8 posted 409 days ago

Thanks Everybody…
BritBoxmaker: Same here Martyn. Whether the list (or message) is short or long, the paper is always exactly the “right” length…
Lew: Me too Lew! This is one Beta version that I definitely prefer over the original!
DoubleDD: That’s funny you should say that, because I was thinking the same thing… Putting the old one down in the shop; to jot down a quick dimension that needs to be remembered, or to make a shopping list for the hardware store…
Sergio: It was very easy to make, have at it my Friend!
Eric: Domestic Bliss and Tranquility is founded on all the little things Eric! And having a list beats the heck out of relying on memory (at least on my memory!) :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 409 days ago

Whenever I making a shopping list… I forget to take it with me!
Now if you could just design something to make me remember to take it… you would be rich!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#10 posted 409 days ago

Great project Mike! I love the adjustable dowel that holds the paper.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 409 days ago

Nice project, Mike. Very useful. Things like that make life easier!!!!!!!!!
Heck you could have a bigger one in the shop for making quick drawings and just use the paper you need for it!! I’d have to drill a hole for the pencil because I use them way too short to bridge the sides!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 409 days ago

Neat idea. I like how the slot also keeps a little pressure on the roll to keep the paper from free spooling.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#13 posted 409 days ago

Ellen: Doh!! I forgot about forgetting… Here is Version 2.1… :)Version 2.1...
Jason: Thank You my Friend…
Jim Jakosh: That’s how the original was, with a hole drilled for the pencil, because I used one of those stubby little pencils… I had a second hole drilled too, that I had a small flag stuck in…
Dewayne: That was a better idea that the first one, Live and Learn!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#14 posted 409 days ago

Very handy and quite nicely made too mike. You have a lot of good ideas!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 409 days ago

Great little project !! Love Bubinga : )

I really like the memory enhancer version that you created for Ellen, and others like me.
I had to laugh…so simple , yet an efficient solution : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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