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cutthroatkid 03-05-2013 08:07 AM

diy masking station ideas?
Ok so I thought about buying one of those masking stations for all of my diffrent size paper but I don't like giving up the floor space&since I'm doing the epoxy floors&tearing out all my old shelves&building new work benches I figured I'd incorparte a homemade systems into the work bench.Basically I'm gonna use 2x4s on the end of work bench &use some dowel rods or pipe..but what I'm caught up on is what can I use that will be stationary to cut the paper nice&clean?
******************** I've thought about getting some thin board&gluing box blades between two pieces but I'm hoping one of you guys have a better idea?I need something like they have on the masking station or the box of wax paper@the market.
What ever it is it needs to last awhile as it will see a lot of use.I'm open to any ideas thanks.

sedanbob 03-05-2013 12:51 PM

How about a section of a band saw blade? Even small band saws have blade that are plenty long enough and a small toothed blade should cut nicely for a long time.

Larry123 03-05-2013 01:36 PM

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Here is a picture of mine, I made it back in high school about 35 years ago. This is before the days of cheap stuff from China so I bought the rollers and tensioners from the local paint supply and built my own frame. If I remember correctly i used two hacksaw blades pop riveted together but at a later date I replaced it with a section of band saw blade. The tensioner for the blade is a hacksaw cut in two welded to the frame.

cutthroatkid 03-05-2013 04:02 PM

Hey fellas thanks!I think I have what I need now.I have a box of bandsaw blades I'm not using&some hacksaws collecting dust.

tech69 03-05-2013 07:59 PM

I would just get a stand with three rolls on it with also an easy edge on it as well. Then I would make a wall mount for the widest roll with a tape roll holder and jagged edge to cut the paper. I would do it this way because sometimes you want to move the masker to where you are at or move it out of the way to keep it clean. The big wall mount would simply be doing what manufactures don' good masking machines for the big pieces of paper. I've seen one once in a shop and all other shops just I've seen just use their leg to cut the paper and ad tape themselves.

cutthroatkid 03-05-2013 09:08 PM

Im picking up materilas this weeknd I've decided to build it on a rolling workbench

MARTINSR 03-05-2013 09:44 PM

I am posting a number of photos of my favorite in case you wanted to make one. If you do I can give you the specs. But honestly, I have done this a long time and used about every masking machine made including none at all using a 36" roll and a razor knife to cut what I needed. :D This machine is without a doubt, nothing more to talk about (in my opinion) the absolute best hands down. Sorry for the crappy photos it's dark when I get home and I wanted to get these up for you to see. But this think is the bomb, it has a 3", 6", 12", and 18" rolls. It doesn't fall all over when you tear the paper like a lot of them, I can pull off a piece of paper 15 feet long and tear it off from 15 feet away, I am not joking. It simply is the best. I couldn't fine one on line, don't know why, are they not available anymore? Don't know the name, maybe it's on it? Hmmmm, didn't look.


MARTINSR 03-05-2013 09:50 PM

I see that it has a sticker on the bottom, I will get it's name tomorrow if it can be read.


tech69 03-05-2013 09:56 PM

just like what I'm talking about but with an easy edger on the top. There's no need for nothing more really.

cutthroatkid 03-05-2013 10:07 PM

Thanks Martin Summit has one similar but its straight up.

deadbodyman 03-10-2013 08:55 AM

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Heres the one I use every day..I made it about twenty years ago...It used to be straight but it fell of a truck I was taping...All it is is electrical conduit and conduit couplers (cut in half) so I can adjust where the paper roll sits and adjust where the tape roll sits. for the tape holder I used the plastic ends that come with a roll of plastic sheathing(perfect)to cut the paper I welded hack saw blades on the rod which are hood props..I always wanted to make another one that didnt look so homade but this works so well I never needed to ...holds 36" on the bottom ,18" and the top one, any of the narrower papers...
I only buy the 36" rolls because I can cut the the paper to any size I need on my band saw..

tech69 03-10-2013 09:46 AM

nice. One thing I hate about them is when people don't take care of them and things become loose and wobble around, which allows the tape to wander on the edge of the paper. Oh man, that's annoying! for personal use and for a lack of garage space, I just use the old 3m hand dispenser which I used for mobile painting a couple years back. More work but I need the space in my garage.

MARTINSR 03-10-2013 01:47 PM


Originally Posted by cutthroatkid (Post 1653989)
Thanks Martin Summit has one similar but its straight up.

I finally got the name off it, Vantage Tools.

And ALC Keysco 33004 Vantage Paper Tree Masker | Paint Prep, Masking

They aren't cheap, $300 but you know what they say about quality stuff, you have to pay for it.


deadbodyman 03-10-2013 02:52 PM

They arent cheap but I am...I might have a twentyspot into this an hour or two in labor

MARTINSR 03-10-2013 06:23 PM

I hear ya, I don't know how good yours works but I am not kidding, I have never used one that works better than this baby. You can honestly pull the 18" paper out and walk 15-20 feet from the thing pulling it, give it a snap and it tears perfectly. It is an awesome tool.


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