Basic Paper Towel Holder – Project

A year and a half ago I got tired of having a roll of paper towels just sitting there on the counter. I therefore decided to build a holder for them that could hang on the side of a cabinet. It was a simple enough project, I wanted the paper towels to stand erect which eliminated the need for a stopper on the top of the dowel. So, I went on down to my basement shop and banged the project out in two days (drying time took a full day). I ended up using the same type of wood I used to make my wife’s tea box.

I didn’t want to make this a complicated process, so I decided on a simple rabbet joint cut across the end of the backer board to receive the bottom board. At first I wasn’t sure if this would be strong enough, but after the glue dried I realized this would more than suffice. After all, it would only need to withstand the weight of paper towels and the occasional head bump from me.

A simple rabbet joint across the grain of the back board proved strong enough.

I secured the dowel by drilling an appropriately sized hole halfway through the bottom board, then glued the dowel into it. I used a speed square to make sure it stood straight. I also cut a 45 degree angle across the top of the backer board to give the whole thing a bit of a decorative touch.

Looks great, doesn’t it?

After attacking it with some hand sanding, I finished the holder with Special Walnut stain from Minwax. Then I used a water-based polyurethane to give some durability to the surface. Then I attacked it with some more hand sanding, repeated the process again, then called it good.

If you enjoyed reading about this project or have a few words of advice, leave a comment below and tell me about it. Thank you and have a great day.

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