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  • Lou's DIY Solder Dispenser

    I guess this Electronics section is the place to be?

    You can find solder dispensers in all shapes and forms for $10.00 and upward. They are very helpful when soldering our hobby needs, like LED’s, decoders, PC boards and the like.
    I just had to re-load mine, and thought I would pass along the idea that I found to be very useful tool at the work bench.
    Most of us already have all the parts we need to make one-up, and don’t even know it.
    I’ve had mine for awhile now, and thought I’d post the how-to while I had it in my hand.
    I have several of these Scotch tape dispenser holders like the one shown below, around the house, and screw eyes for hobby use, so a solder dispenser like this can be made for nothing but your time and effort.
    I borrowed the wife’s Scotch Brand tape dispenser, for use in this how-to for you to see the item I used. It’s called a “Scotch Brand Tape dispenser”.

    Following along with the pictures below,
    1. I take the tape dispenser, pull it apart, and take out the scotch tape. The center hole in the scotch tape is the same as the hole in the solder roll. Now as the “British would say” that made it easy-peasy.
    2. Next, I drilled a hole for the screw eye into the center of the metal part that was made to tear the tape. Then screw in the screw eye to guide the solder.
    3. You have a very quick and easy project finished, that will be very useful at your work bench. As the saying goes, “Trust me”!
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    Louis
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

  • #2
    Nice tool, Louis! Thanks for sharing this!

    Pete
    in Michigan

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    • #3
      Hey, great idea. Thanks Louis. Now I have to go and buy some tape.

      How about fasting the dispenser on a piece of steel so it can be used one handed or is it heavy enough not to need a heavy base?

      Bernd
      New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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      • #4
        I like it!

        Didn't need 47 rolls of tape lying around anyway.
        Home of the HOn3 North Coast Railroad, along the shores of Lake Ontario.

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        • #5
          Thanks Pete!


          Louis
          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bernd View Post
            Hey, great idea. Thanks Louis. Now I have to go and buy some tape.

            How about fasting the dispenser on a piece of steel so it can be used one handed or is it heavy enough not to need a heavy base?

            Bernd
            If you make one, you'll find it is heavy enough not to need any type of base.


            Louis
            Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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            • #7
              Originally posted by David_J_Buchholz View Post
              I like it!

              Didn't need 47 rolls of tape lying around anyway.
              I hear that. It's a good thing we had another tape dispenser around though to show the build.


              Louis
              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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