WWMM Shopping Bag Dispenser

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Project by TheDane posted 191 days ago 1369 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lately, I have been making enough trips to the big box that the plastic bags I bring my loot home in have been multiplying like rabbits. I use them for trash bags in the shop, so naturally I needed a place to keep them.

This is based on a Woodworking for Mere Mortals (WWMM) project that Steve Ramsey posted a few days ago …

This one is built from some scraps of poplar I had in the storage room (better to use it than toss it in the fire pit), and it is slightly larger than the one Steve Ramsey built.

I did the logo on the front by reversing the graphic and printing it on a piece of slick paper (the backing from a sheet of address labels) with an ink jet printer. The transfer from the paper to the wood looked fine, and I let it dry for a couple of hours but made the mistake of using a water-borne finish on it, causing it to bleed into the wood. I wish I would have used a spray lacquer … might have wound up with a better result.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 191 days ago

I like it. You know the bleeding makes it look holographic. It doesn’t look that bad in the pics. Nice addition to an otherwise annoying issue.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#2 posted 191 days ago

The graphic looks good, at least on the picture. I know it’s frustrating when it’s unexpected. From the screen it makes it look like it was burned into the wood with big ol’ branding iron.

Nice way to store those bags. You must have to empty the trash everyday, if you are like me anyway. I have to have a 35 gallon trash container. That little bag would get filled up in a jiffy.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#3 posted 191 days ago

As a Packers fan and a woodworker I have to say I love it!!!

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#4 posted 191 days ago

Another Packer fan and woodworker gives it a big thumbs up.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 191 days ago

Actually, this is a very good idea. Nice build, nice logo. But I’m not a Packers fan, sorry.

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

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#6 posted 191 days ago

I really like the build, but I would think a Seahawk would look allot better…sorry

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#7 posted 191 days ago

Nah … I’ll stay with the team that has 13 NFL championships.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 191 days ago

the box and love the G. im a packer from way back

-- Sheetzy

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#9 posted 191 days ago

Looks much nicer than Steve’s,

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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Scott Oldre

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#10 posted 191 days ago

Looks great. I don’t see no stinking bleed…I see the fine art of controlled shading. I was pretty sure this was a UGA logo ;)

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#11 posted 190 days ago


That is a great idea for the transfer, did you just lay the still wet printout on the wood?

I prefer the only NFL team that has Six Superbowl Victories :)

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#12 posted 190 days ago

As a bears fan, I have to say that I hate it.

Love the woodworking, though!

-- --Shafe

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#13 posted 190 days ago


I have also used a laser printer to transfer logos onto wood (namely my bean bag toss, Badgers and Brewers), and ironed them. Gives it a bit of a rustic look, and it has lasted perfectly through several seasons at Miller Park and Lambeau.

-- If you don't start building your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs. Mr. Mente, Shop Teacher, Milwaukee

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#14 posted 190 days ago

patcollins—Yup … the ink doesn’t dry on the slick paper, so I just placed it (carefully) where I wanted it, pressed the paper down and finished it with a J-roller. Got nearly 100% of the ink transferred.

Mente—I have never ironed laser images on, but I have used acetone … place the image where you want it, dribble on some acetone, and let it sit for a few seconds. Works like a charm and I don’t have to borrow SWMBO’s iron.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#15 posted 190 days ago

using laser printer and acetone (or lacquer thinner) I just can’t get a good transfer..

any suggestion?

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