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Project by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 1758 days ago 1689 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this Paper Towel Dispenser for my daughter. The plans were in the April 2001 (#134) issue of WoodSmith magazine. I used Red Oak and finished with multiple coats of Armor-Seal and a coat of Johnson Paste Wax. The only deviation from the plans is that I used a stopped dado for the top instead of the through mortise specified; the stopped dado might be a skosh weaker but with today’s glues and a good tight dado joint, I don’t feel it will come apart anytime in the near future. The drawers are square so that the Dispenser may sit upright, as shown, on either end with the bar running vertical, or hang beneath a cabinet. Of course, it would probably be nice to change the orientation of the knobs to match the orientation!

By the way, those aren’t feet underneath the unit, just a couple of pieces of scrap I had sitting around to keep it off the rocks and table.

This was a fun project and I’m quite happy with the results.

JimC

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".





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navyman

151 posts in 2001 days


#1 posted 1758 days ago

I bet your daughter will love it..

-- Michael . USN ( Ret ) Batesville,AR

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cabinetmaster

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#2 posted 1758 days ago

Looks Fantastic. Great job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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woodworm

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#3 posted 1758 days ago

Very nice looking one. I like the woodgrains pattern!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Bothus

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#4 posted 1758 days ago

Hi Jim, great job.

Are the drawers for knives, spoons and forks?

I think I will still your idea and make them for the kids for Christmas.

Thanks for posting

;;
J

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#5 posted 1758 days ago

The drawers are 6” deep, so it would have to be small knives, spoons & forks :-)). More for odds and ends – stuff like that.

JimC

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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JJohnston

1577 posts in 1887 days


#6 posted 1757 days ago

You turn the entire drawer to set the piece on end or hang it under an upper cabinet, don’t you? Wouldn’t the orientation of the knobs be right automatically? I mean, the drawers (and knobs) will always be right side up.

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

852 posts in 2329 days


#7 posted 1757 days ago

JJohnston, you are correct. Guess I was having another of my duhhhhhh moments when I wrote that! Amazing how much more often they happen after you turn 60!

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#8 posted 994 days ago

nice design and I really like the thinking of making the drawers perfectly square so it can mount in any direction. Great job!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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