As part of the garage- to-Chics With Tools Makery transformation, I decided that I needed a craft paper dispenser. Now, that is not a felt need for most but I use it to cover the tables at my workshops. The thing with really large rolls of paper is that they are heavy, So just hanging a dowel rod on some pegboard was not going to cut it. Ideally, I wanted the unit to hang on the wall. But after pricing that kind, I decided the countertop version would be just fine, as long as I made a wall shelf to hold it. So using all scrap wood, this what I did.
Craft paper dispenser (This one can be mounted on a wall too but I didn’t want to chance it.)
2” x "4”
Wood for facing
3/4” Plywood for shelf
Measure where you want your craft paper to go. (I decided to put a big chalkboard in the blank space and the dispenser under the window.)
Open dispenser and measured it.
Cut a piece of plywood for the shelf, large enough to hold it. Cut out around pipes or other obstacles.
Attach a 2”x 4” nailer to the underside of the shelf, working around pipes.
Make supports the depth of the shelf.
Make brackets that will go from the front to the wall at a diagonal. Attach all supports together with pocket screws.
Make a cover for the front with thin pieces of wood, joining them together in the back. But do not attach it yet.
Cut trim pieces for the sides as well and attach.
Stain the whole piece.
Attach the shelf with screws to the wall studs through the nailer.
Cover the sides and ends of all the 2” x 4”s with the trim pieces.
Screw the dispenser into place.
Install the paper roll. DONE!