Paper Towel Roll Holder

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Project by Mikemccind posted 10-10-2016 10:26 PM 893 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Simple paper towel holder designed as a vertical table top type. I left the post long to allow for it to be used for moving the holder and for use to stabilize the holder with a second hand when dispensing a towel. The perforations on some towel rolls is quite stubborn. I used three layers of wood for the eight sided base that is glued up initially as a square (6-1/2” square) in alternating grain directions. To manage the precise cutting of the octagon base from the square glue up on the tablesaw, I made a simple jig that slides along the rip fence when making the cuts. I pitched my tablesaw blade a few degrees to make a slight taper to the sides of the base starting about 1/2” up from the bottom of the base. The pole (1-1/2” diameter) was purchased; no lathe yet in the shop. The hole for mounting the post was made on the drill press with a Forstner bit to 1” depth. A press fit was all that was needed for assemly. I selected maple and purpleheart for the contrasting woods. The finish was several coats of a wipe-on satin poly. I added several adhesive rubber button tabs to the bottom of the base for a non-sliding cushion on the kitchen counter.

-- Mike, North Webster, IN

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#1 posted 10-11-2016 12:12 PM

Nice looking project and the photos are very nicely done.
The jig looks beautiful and I see no sawdust anywhere!

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#2 posted 10-11-2016 02:00 PM

The angled side make all the difference. Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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