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Finally finished my first real woodworking project. I learned a lot making this and can't wait to make more stuff! I used only hand tools for this project, so it took a little longer than anticipated, but I'm pleased with the result. I weighted the dispenser by putting two scrap steel rods into mortises I chiseled out of the two outside pieces, which was great because I got to practice, and not have the sloppiness show up in the final product! Also, I accidentally forgot to take into account the width of the tape holder, so I'll have to use 1/2 inch tape from now on. The cutter was taken off our old junk dispenser. I used bubinga and maple, and finished it with 4 coats of boiled linseed oil.

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Very nice Marc functional and beautiful to boot.
 

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Great job! Sometimes doing things the old fashioned way is the best (and the most fun). I like the design on this and have some tree trimmings that might be just the right size and shape to try one for myself. Thanks for posting.
 

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Great job
 

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Nice project well executed.
I am having a problem wrapping my head around photo #5 though … ??

Several years ago (about 1988) Wood magazine did some stamp roll holders that would match your tape machine.
 

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Thanks Grumpymike, and everyone else. To explain the picture (which should be rotated, or else that chisel is defying the laws of gravity!), that is how I added weight to the dispenser so it stays put when you pull a piece off. I glued a couple lengths of steel rod into mortises I chiseled into the outer pieces. Then I glued everything together so the rods are hidden inside the dispenser. I was going to use lead fishing weights, which are banned here in Mass, but couldn't find my old stash.
 

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That's the nicest tape dispenser I've ever seen. Its got me thinking of making one for my wife.
 

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Great job. Added in my todo list.
 

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wow, very cool, love the wood choices, great job
 

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Great project - I dont remember seeing anyone make one of these beofre. Younjust gave me this year's Christmas present plan!

Thanks and I hope you don't mind a little idea poachimg!

Tom
 

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Definitely on my "to-copy" list. well done!
 

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Nice. I love everyday things made of wood.
 

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Very nice! The shape kinda reminds me of a wooden hand plane.
 

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That's a great project! Looks like I have another one for the 'Someday' list. Very nice work. I really like how you hid the weights with the glue-up. I was a little confused at first too, but then I noticed the grain pattern & figured out where you hid them. Well done!
 

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Wow, I hope I have the patents to do something that nice! Great look.
 

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Very nice job, and something useful that you will enjoy and everyone who see's it will ask about it and allow you to tell your woodworking story. Congratulations, very nice work.

God bless
Paul
 

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Really like how you've done this.

I think I'll be making one, but doubt it will be all with hand tools, though ;)
 
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