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Project by oldnovice posted 03-22-2018 12:02 AM 2290 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before the peel and stick adhesive backed stamps and email wasn’t the norm, I made holders for rolled stamps. I saw some very expensive metal stamp holders and decided that was too much to pay for something so simple and yet we needed one. I had some scrap red oak laying around in my shop that was just the right thickness and enough to make a prototype before making some real ones.

After cutting the blanks I drilled a hole with a forstner bit, cut the exit slot on my table saw, the grooves for the stamp roll retainer, and finger notch with my old router table (using all the power tools I had at that time). The retainers were formed brass and glued up ebony. The ebony ones turned out to be very fragile but looked very good with the oak.

I made around 40 of these stamp roll holders, they became very popular and hard to keep around. Two visitors from Japan, on a business trip, each wanted one even though these were not the proper size for Japanese stamps.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#1 posted 03-22-2018 12:20 AM

Looks like a fun project!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 03-22-2018 01:01 AM

Book marked and thank you.
I’ve one of those metal contraptions on my desk. I have to mail out a couple of checks a month so need something to hold the stamps. I got mine at the thrift store so only spent a half a buck on it. It never was brass and the plate is chipping off. Yours looks so much nicer I’ll be copying your idea soon.

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#3 posted 03-22-2018 02:59 AM

Excellent, even if they are a somewhat dated item as you said. My wife mails off stuff from time to time so we have some laying around. A good quick project.

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

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DeLayne Peck

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#4 posted 03-22-2018 03:55 AM

Great gift idea. A roll of stamps is a household must. That and a big supply of greeting cards for all occasions.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#5 posted 03-22-2018 04:02 AM

Thanks for the comments!
I thought these would be obsolete but I it looks like I was wrong!

Obviously the dimension to make these are hyper critical …... LOL!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#6 posted 03-22-2018 04:48 AM

Those came out beautifully.
I am going to try and make one for the roll of stamps I keep in my desk drawer.
The brass banding really makes them look classy.
I hope mine comes out half as nice as yours.
Thank you again,

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#7 posted 03-22-2018 07:52 AM

They look great, but I prefer peel off :)


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#8 posted 03-22-2018 02:53 PM

Cute item. Don’t mail much today, but it does happen.

Reminds me of the pretty boxes for floppy disks and such, that have become obsolete. They get repurposed for other things, usually. Trying to figure out what these stamp dispensers could be repurposed for… (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 03-22-2018 03:44 PM

Very kewl

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 03-22-2018 06:46 PM

You did a very nice job on these.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 03-22-2018 09:02 PM

Great job. I still use a roll of stamps for sending cards and bills. I buy rolls of the self-adhesive Forever stamps – so they are good even when the price of postage goes up. I keep them in an old brass stamp holder that may sow up on the Antiques Roadshow one day – the biggest problem with it is that I have to open it up to see how many stamps I have left – not a problem with your design..

With a few modifications your idea could be made into a tape dispenser – people still use tape.

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#12 posted 03-23-2018 03:45 AM

leafherder, your are correct, it can be scaled up to any desirable dimension and a piece of fine tooth saw blade (like those on an Exacto pull saw) could be used as a cut off.

I also thought it would be nice “hold” the stamp next to the one being torn off so you don’t have to advance two stamps to tear off one.

I played with one idea of a magnet to hold the top and squeeze down but didn’t pursue it very far or making the exit opening much much thinner. The size I used was the width of my thinnest table saw blade.

I have no legal binders on this design so fire at will!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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