I wanted a clean looking tape dispenser, so I thought I'd have a try making one. I laser cut the wood at Techshop.
Step 1: Cut and Stain
I designed the files in CAD first, then exported a DXF file to cut in Corel Draw.
The pieces were cut using an Epilog Laser cutter.
I stained the wood to give it some color.
Step 2: Frame
Once the pieces were dried and ready, I glued the frame together.
The wood glue has a good amount of time before it sets. Once all the frame was glued, I used the base to position it flush on the edges and let dry. Once it was dry, I glued the base on.
Step 3: Spindle
I cut out 4 circular pieces and glued them together. I had fun with the design on the spindle!
I cut a piece of dowel and glued that to the pieces.
Last was the metal piece to act as the tape cutter. I cut this out from an old foil enclosure. I ripped that out and cut it to size. Glue it on!
Load up your tape and your ready to go!
So, I was focused a bit too much on the clean look of the tape dispenser. I realized after that I needed space for your finger to pick up the tape. Next revision, I'll probably put a dip on one side to allow your finger to go under the tape.