Author Topic: Cast Iron & Die Cast Tape Dispensers  (Read 3264 times)

Coiley

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Cast Iron & Die Cast Tape Dispensers
« on: June 11, 2013, 03:25:43 PM »
The green ones are the original color. The pin striping is painted on via masking process. The masking tape is cut from standard "frog tape" with 2 razor blades fasted together with washer(s) between them. I heat these in an oven before painting and use high temp engine enamel. I finally had to stop myself from collecting any more of these. Then I bought a clock...
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Re: Cast Iron & Die Cast Tape Dispensers
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2013, 10:04:58 AM »
Oh, baby.  Now I need one. 

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Re: Cast Iron & Die Cast Tape Dispensers
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2013, 07:37:11 PM »
I've been adding to the project slowly.

Here it is in 2009...  http://www.telechron.net/galvanic/index.php?topic=254.msg4876#msg4876

Pappy sent me a swell stapler...

I spent a considerable amount of time searching for an appropriate tape dispenser but quit.

What is the time period of these dispensers?

..in 2010..

http://www.telechron.net/galvanic/index.php?topic=254.msg15639#msg15639
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Coiley

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Re: Cast Iron & Die Cast Tape Dispensers
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2013, 08:50:41 PM »
My guess is these are from around the 1940's. There's 3 basic versions of the large ones: 1) closed metal bottom with 4 rubber feet. 2) Open bottom with 4 rubber feet. 3) open bottom with rubber mat bottom front and back(I think this is the latest version). I generally get them for less than $20.00 on ebay. Search for "vintage tape dispenser". I avoid the ones with the snap-on cutters and get the screw-on cutters. 2nd photo shows screw-on cutter fastener and my home made 1" core for use on 3" core dispenser. The large dispenser looks really sick with the small 1" core tape on it. Adding the pin-striping is ridiculously labor intensive, but the result is a sharp clean stripe. Actually they look just as good without the embellished stripes, in original condition.
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Re: Cast Iron & Die Cast Tape Dispensers
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2013, 09:36:27 PM »
By the way, I love that desk. Was that fan difficult to restore?
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Re: Cast Iron & Die Cast Tape Dispensers
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2013, 10:04:32 PM »
By the way, I love that desk. Was that fan difficult to restore?

Not too bad.  I was lucky, the fan only needed cleaning and lube.  The guard was quite bent and broken.  Straightened and epoxy welded a few joints and re-painted.  New felt pad...  Polished the blades...

http://www.telechron.net/galvanic/index.php?topic=286.msg1956#msg1956

(with all these questions...I have to keep uploading images lost by Pappy's moves...)

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Re: Cast Iron & Die Cast Tape Dispensers
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2013, 10:26:11 PM »
And it's a GE! Cool fan.
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Re: Cast Iron & Die Cast Tape Dispensers
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2013, 06:15:20 AM »
What is the core size on those big ones?  They still sell scotch tape that size or are that antique tape?
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Re: Cast Iron & Die Cast Tape Dispensers
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2013, 11:03:50 AM »
Yes, 3" core size Scotch transparent tape, and transparent Magic tape spools are available at office supply stores such as Staples. Also on Amazon in 3-packs. I've found there are 2 different size 3" cores that the large dispensers came with(photo). One size fits modern tape just fine(left side in photo). The other core is slightly undersized, and I'm assuming is the older version. For that one, I insert 4 or 6 pop-rivets around the diameter of the spool (right side in photo). I bevel the edges of the rivets before popping then in, by putting the rivet in a drill and holding sandpaper to the edge. Without the beveled edges, the inside of the tape spool would snag on the rivets.
I've also shown the parts to fabricate a 1" core for the large dispenser. The rubber part of the core starts from a #6 rubber cork, with hole in the middle. I get these at American Science & Surplus for 50 cents ea. I grind it to an octagonal shape so that the tape spool slides on easy, but stays secure.
 I round the ends of a the 1/4 inch (1/8" works too) brass shaft by running it in a drill while holding the end to a bench grinder. while still in the drill I sand-paper the ends for a nice polished finish. The shaft is JB welded to the rubber core. Its a lot of work, but now, ....I'm taping my troubles away.
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