WWMM Shopping Bag Dispenser

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Project by TheDane posted 02-10-2014 05:10 PM 3684 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 02-10-2014 05:16 PM

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 02-10-2014 05:48 PM

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 02-10-2014 05:49 PM

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

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#4 posted 02-10-2014 06:53 PM

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

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 02-10-2014 09:34 PM

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 02-10-2014 11:06 PM

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

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 02-10-2014 11:09 PM

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 02-10-2014 11:49 PM

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

-- What this world needs is a little more sawdust on the floor.

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#9 posted 02-11-2014 12:25 AM

Looks much nicer than Steve’s,

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#10 posted 02-11-2014 12:42 AM

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 02-11-2014 12:34 PM


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 02-11-2014 02:32 PM

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

Love the woodworking, though!

-- --Shafe

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#13 posted 02-11-2014 02:46 PM


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.

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#14 posted 02-11-2014 03:22 PM

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 02-12-2014 03:13 AM

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

any suggestion?

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