Paper towel holder

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 01-29-2011 12:35 AM 4795 reads 8 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With a storage area! Another simple project. Amazingly, this is one of the few times I’ve made something where I didn’t encounter any problems. Weird.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 01-29-2011 01:00 AM

Another FUN and USEFUL project from you Steve. You are just a bottomless pit of entertainment. And yes, I will consider a donation. You certainly give a lot to all of us.

I see your garage door is open. If I worked out in my garage right now I’d need a parka. Maybe I should move to California. Yeah, right. Take care.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 01-29-2011 01:38 AM

I second the comment by rance! I made several paper towel holders before and got rid of the flimsy plastic ones we had. I did not think to put the storage box on top, great idea! One question however – do you have a problem with the roll “running away with itself” when you try to tear off a sheet? I did and it may have been due to the smaller (1 1/8”) closet rod I used! My donation, (such as it is) is on the way!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 01-29-2011 01:42 AM

I’m with rance, did’nt look like you got much sledding in this winter. Today we had a high of 35 degrees, no sun! :(

-- Don't be at the airport when your ship comes in!

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#4 posted 01-29-2011 02:36 AM

Good stuff as always. As a mere mortal myself, your videos are inspiring.

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 03:42 AM

@Dez: My roller would spin out of control if you use the pull-and-yank method. In my kitchen we have gotten used to (because of our previous holder) pulling, holding with your other hand, and tearing. It’s a kinder, gentler method.

@Rance and Revieck: well, living in God’s country has its advantages. That was a joke. No, more precisely California has become a joke! Hmm…what else can I say. Well we don’t get snow in San Francisco! (And anything below 50 degrees is unbearable.)

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#6 posted 01-29-2011 03:57 AM

Another great video! I think everyone should give a buck or two, it’s well worth it! (What can you get for a couple of bucks these days that’s any better, anyway?)

BTW- I sent you a PM a few days ago with a couple of questions about your videos. I know you’re busy but a response would be greatly appreciated!

-- It's the best woodworking show since the invention of wood... New episodes at:

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#7 posted 01-29-2011 06:50 AM

Nice project!

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#8 posted 01-29-2011 07:16 AM

cool project, i never ever thought of making a paper towel holder

-- Jeremy,

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#9 posted 01-29-2011 07:31 AM

Aww the wife saw this.. Guess what I’m doing tomorrow…

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#10 posted 01-29-2011 07:32 AM

Tedium relief is greatly appreciated. So many vids out here that are nothing but a repetitive, boring cutting, sanding , planing zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…............. Nice job, great project and awesome video. but could we expect less ? :-))

That knot on the pine gave an idea for a vid on cutting, boring and sanding knots ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 01-29-2011 07:44 AM

After I donated, I realized I could have bought a paper towel holder rather than pay for the idea :-)) Those should be gifts as we can all gift up to $10,000 each tax free. Since our Yankee Green has already been taxed, no point in you paying tax on it too, eh? Double taxation ruins the relaxation!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 01-29-2011 12:36 PM

Well done your a treat to this site. Will help out soon. Is 10k enough LOL Thx

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 01-29-2011 01:22 PM

great tips re: how-to springy process and the printer ink trick.
And the end result – love the dual purpose.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#14 posted 01-29-2011 03:10 PM

Recently, my wife needed a trophy for the Fantasy Football League where she works. I was forced to do much of the work in my unheated garage when the temperature was cold … sometimes down around zero.

Thanks for the video.

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Don Johnson

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#15 posted 01-29-2011 03:14 PM

Your gentle appeal touched my heart

Perhaps a little of my small donation could be used for razor blades ?? ;-)

I do enjoy your videos – they start the day with a smile!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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