If you've ever joined two veneers with kraft tape, then you probably know how important it is to have a decent veneer tape dispenser on hand. There are several imported dispensers out there that cost well over a hundred bucks but I doubt there are many woodworkers visiting our website that would want something so expensive. With that in mind, I created this simple benchtop tape dispenser using some everyday parts that I found in the hardware store.
Veneer tape is not included with the dispenser.
Warning: The tape cutter is sharp. Always keep your fingers away from the cutting edge.
Instructions (PDF): Click here
Clean Up and Tips
Warning: This Product Contains Sharp Edges
Safety should be your highest priority when working with this product. It is your responsibility to make sure you use this product in a safe manner and in accordance with all safety policies in the work area. Wear appropriate safety equipment including hand and eye protection while using this product. Use of this tool is at your own risk. JWW Services Inc. doing business as VeneerSupplies.com disclaims all responsibility for any resulting damage, injury or expense.
Review by Don Byrkett
I am pleased with the veneer tape dispenser. It arrived quickly (three days after order) and effectively performs the function of wetting veneer tape. It is easy to use, does not slide around, applies sufficient water (when I gently press the tape on the roller with my finger) on the tape, and cuts easily. It is a lot easier than pulling tape by hand across a wet sponge and is much less expensive (half as much) than tape dispensers sold by other suppliers.
Review by Sharon Whitley
This was a birthday present for my father. It came in a timely manner, in perfect condition. It is everthing that is advertised. My father is extremely pleased with it, as it works exactly as it should. I considered the price fair. My father would recommend it to a friend or a stranger! Joe sent a very nice email saying if we had any questions, just to contact him. Thank you very much.
Review by John Richard Dochinski
Ok so this is the third review I've written on this website. Why? Because its just another great product with a great price. I have spend over a thousand dollars here and there has never been any reason for me to shop anywhere else. Joe rocks!
Review by Francis Calhoun
I've always been pleased with everything that I have bought from this company. The owner here is super helpful and he stands behind his products. Since Joe makes this tool himself I thought I'd lend my support to his company by writing a review but I can see that many others have already done so and everything they have written is about as true as I've found.
This is a well made device. It is mostly made from a recycled wood and plastic so that means no rusting or corroding. The water bottle idea is very intelligent since it allows me to keep water in the device but not out in the open where it would dry up and cake with air-born sawdust. When I finish using the taper I just suck the water back into the bottle and put it away. The cutter works nice but with that comes a razor sharp edge on the teeth. I'm not sure where he is getting this part but it is ridiculously sharp. Watch your fingers on this part.
I've used the tape machine for both the narrow and the one and a half inch wide tape. It works well with both.
Overall, very pleased with this purchase.
Review by Phil Hokins
Joe sent a letter with my order asking if I would write a review of his self-made tape dispenser. I would not normally do this kind of such thing but I am really impressed with it and as most people know, Joe's customer service is second to none.
So let's get on with a review of the taper. It is as easy as can be to use it. You just load a roll into the hopper part and fill the water bottle. A few squeezes and she's ready to go.
The construction of the taper is simple and straight forward. It's the kind of thing that I might have built in my shop on a lazy weekend. The parts are all either aluminum or plastic. I think the only exception is the tape cutter which is spring steel I think.
I ordered on a Monday evening and received on Thursday morning. Joe emailed me a tracking number on Tuesday morning so I could estimate when it would arrive. Again, his customer service is really good. That is typical of most small businesses but not so typical of online merchants. So I highly recommend this site for everyone in veneering.
Review by Dennis Rousch
Mine arrived quickly (2 days after ordering). Its built well and the design is interesting. There is not much I could write about it but I thought I would do Joe a favor and post a review. It is a very simple mechanism and because of that it works very well. I like being able to easily take the water out of the trough. Good idea!
Review by Jerie Kelter
There are tape dispensers and there are imitations and this is indeed an imitation but its damn good and better than the others. Our shop builds 5 to 10 layups everyday for a high end custom furniture maker. We have the expensive tape dispensers on several workbenches. I cringed at the thought of buying $600 of tape dispensers when we added 4 new benches last year. The dispenser sold here is every bit as good and better than half the price of the import models. Shipping was reasonable and the website is easy to buy from.
Review by Bob Delmonica
It's good! Mine arrived last night. Like others, Joe ask me to write a review if I liked the taper. And like the others, I think this is a great piece of kit. I've been wanting one like this for years but wasn't plunking down $120 for something that I wouldnt use THAT much.
This is a very good value and its built to last. It works as others has said. No complaints. I would buy it again.
Review by Reed Kozlowski
This is a new product on Joe's website and since he designed the tape dispenser, he was anxious for me to tell him my thoughts. He emailed me about this when he shipped it out to me.
I'm not a personal friend but I am a repeat customer. There might be 20 or more orders that I have done on this site. I can tell you that know one cares so much about his customers, his products, and his website as Joe does. The tape dispenser is just more proof that he is doing whatever he can to make veneering as affordable as possible.
Now, on to the review of this tool. It's called a "simple dispenser" for a very good reason. There is nothing complicated about it and that is why it works so well. I've seen tape dispensers that have a shaft for the veneer tape roll. Its a waste and that's why you wont find it on this tool. Instead, this one uses a "cradle" design which makes it easier to change the tape rolls when you need a different size. But the beauty of the cradle is that it prevents the tape from free spinning when you pull the tape across the water wheel. See? Simple is better.
I also like how he incorporated the water filling bottle. It does two things I like. The first, you can't overfill the water tray. Excess water just goes right back into the bottle when you stop squeezing it. The second is that you can easily empty the water from the wheel well back into the bottle. Joe gives instructions for how to do that. Piece of cake.
I have a feeling this will be on my workbench for many years and I recommend it to any one doing more than a standard bookmatch.
Review by Gary Schrager
Joe and I emailed back and forth several times about this tape machine because I wanted to be sure I would get a decent unit that performed as good as he said it would. I reluctantly ordered and it showed up at my door a couple days later. Honestly I probably made too big a deal about this because now that I have used it, I can see how much thought there was put into making it. I couldnt ask for a better way to wet the veneer tape for my pie-piece veneer lay ups. Thank you Joe for the support and the quality of this taper.
Review by Frank Bateman
My box arrived by UPS about two days after I ordered and inside was this tape dispenser and some other supplies. When I emailed some questions to Joe last week, he quickly replied and with his help, I decided this tool was right for my shop.
Now it is here and I must say that it is very well made. It has a nice heavy feel and all of the parts look like they are machined via CNC router. The water wheel is especially slick.
I got to use the tape dispenser last night for a project layup with some maple burl and walnut burl in a pie-shape design. All that I can say is that this worked out perfectly. It wets the tape nicely and when you're done, its very easy to empty the water back into the water reserve.