|I have several reels of bias tape but didn't have a TNT way to use them effectively without cutting off a portion and then holding one end in one hand to make sure it was going into the binder straight, and try to keep an eye on it at the same time going under the needles. I had a large project that I needed to bind and needed a better way to accomplish that.
I had seen other reel dispensers for sale on eBay and thought I could make my own!
Out to the wood shop for this project.
Plastic tubing - I used 7/16" because I had it on hand
Knitting Needle - I used a size 8, I don't knit and only have a pair of these for tube turning, and poking corners out, I would think you would have to use a thick one for support not a skinny one. Also with it being metal the wooden circle can spin around unhindered.
Block of Wood for the base - Mine measures 4"x10"x1/2", leftover piece of plywood from a wheel chair ramp I built for my FIL.
Unfinished scrollsaw project - Just kidding, you need a circle that the diameter of will fit under reels of binding. Mine measures 8" and since this was laying out there already unfinished was great so that I didn't need to cut out another circle. I must have left it unfinished just for this project ;-)
I measured up the height that I would need the dispenser to sit level to the binder attachment which was 6". I drilled a hole in my block of wood, just slightly larger than the knitting needle, you don't want it to loose with a lot of play around the needle! I also had to drill it out just slightly on the underside of the base so the cap on the end of the knitting needle would sit flush with the block of wood bottom.
Insert knitting needle into block of wood, then cut my plastic tubing at 5 1/2", drilled the same size hole in the center of my circle, place that on top of the knitting needle and plastic tubing. I also cut a piece of plastic tubing to go on the knitting needle and help hold the circle of wood at the top to keep it from tilting. You don't want this snugged down on top of the circle just loosely above it.
This is quickly assembled and disassembled for those with small children running around and for the not so small children who threaten bodily injury to each other on a constant basis.
Note to Knitters: No knitting needles were harmed in the production of this product, lol.
I had to modify my original design and replace the bottom plastic tubing with a 1" dowel drilled through the center to go over the knitting needle. My sewing room helper (cat) knocked it off the sewing table and it needed more support at the bottom after that. ;-)