May 08, 2018

7 Easy Steps to a Custom Built Tape Rack

Are you in need of a storage solution for duct, electrical, painters, and masking tape? With 7 easy steps you can have a custom built tape rack to house all your various sized tapes.

If you’re like me, you have several different tapes around your house. There’s masking tape, duct tape, painters tape, electrical tape; different tapes for different jobs and those tapes all have varying widths and diameters. The problem is trying to keep those rolls organized and in one location for easy access. Here, I’ll provide you with 7 easy steps to create a custom built tape rack.  

This storage rack will accommodate all of my various tape rolls. I’ll mount the rack in my workshop to keep it handy and this will make it easy for me to pick out the exact one I need for a particular project.

How to Build a Custom Tape Rack:

I’ve designed this storage rack with 2 ends and 3 rails. There are 2 rails near the bottom to hold the tape and 1 at the top for mounting. 

  1. Cut ends to length: Think about where you’ll be installing your rack. Make sure the size of your rack will fit and that it will accommodate the largest of your tape rolls.

  2. Rip the rails to width on the table saw: Think about how long you need your rack. How many of rolls of tape do you plan on storing? Also, be sure to leave a little extra room for additional purchases.
     
  3. Take the largest roll and outline it on one end of the rack.

     a) Using the circle as a reference, determine the best location for the rails and outline those as well.
     b) Mark the screw holes where you’ll attach all 3
    of your rails.

  4. Tape 2 ends together and drill clearance holes. This ensures your ends will line up perfectly with the rails.

     a) Using the circle as a reference, determine the best location for the rails and outline those as well.

    I’ve updated my design a bit to include a radius at the front of the rack. This eliminates any sharp edges and makes the rack more aesthetically pleasing.

     
  5. Using a hot glue gun, attach the 3 rails to one end. This allows me to screw the rails from the opposite side and ensures the rails stay in place while drilling. 
     
  6.  Repeat step 6 on the other end.


Almost done...

Now, we have to mount our tape rack.  I’ve predrilled holes that line up with my peg board under my cabinets. Find a location that is convenient, up and out of the way, yet visible.

And there you have it, a custom built tape rack in 7 easy steps. This rack will accommodate almost any sized tape roll. The tape goes into and out of the rack extremely easily, and keeps your stock of various tapes organized.

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