How can I make my own rollerless paper dispenser?
October 5, 2010 8:09 AM   Subscribe

How can I make my own rollerless paper dispenser?

A couple companies have patents for rollerless toilet paper and paper towel dispensers/holders. Here's one: Allied Brass.

Those companies charge $90+ for these things. I'd like one, but I'm neither made of money nor an idiot. So, I'd like to make one on my own.
The one real challenge I have is finding a way to make the arms that will turn but stop when level so as to support the roll of paper.

I'm looking for a solution that doesn't ignore aesthetic. Thanks.
posted by dvrcthewrld to Home & Garden (3 answers total)
A couple of these would do nicely.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:31 AM on October 5, 2010

Your local big box home improvement store will have several holders/dispensers that are basically just a styled stainless steel rod that you stick the roll on the side. The roll not locked in place like the one you linked, though.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:36 AM on October 5, 2010

Ikea's got many options of the sort of thing Burhanistan mentions: 1, 2, 3, 4.

If you want something more like your linked sample [two l-shapes that rotate to capture the roll], then I can't imagine how you're going to build one yourself without access to a machine shop, but if you have that expertise you probably wouldn't be asking this question. You could take that picture to a machine shop and have them quote it, but I bet it's more than $90.

You could probably put together the functional equivalent with bits and bobs from the electrical and/or plumbing aisles at the hardware store, but that's a particular aesthetic you may not be into.
posted by chazlarson at 11:09 AM on October 5, 2010

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