Tri-fold wall mounted paper towel dispenser (with cut list)

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Project by Woodwrecker posted 04-28-2018 02:23 AM 5098 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So a while back I started to buy my gas at a new place that opened up closer to my house.
Trouble is, this place hands out the Tri-fold towels instead of the half folded ones I use to borrow a few from at the old place, for the shop.
A new towel holder was in order…
Very simple affair made from my scrap off-cuts, planed down to 1/4” thickness and designed to be as small as possible. Here is the cut list. It’s pretty close…haha ALL STOCK IS 1/4” THICK)
Top: 10×4
Front & Back: 2 1/4×9 1/2 (2 pcs.)
Sides: 4×2 1/4 (2 pcs.)
Bottom: 10×1 1/2 (2 pcs.) Round over inner edge. (makes the towels slide out better.)
Back side: French Cleat 9 1/2×1 1/4 (cut at 45 degrees down the middle.)
Back side bottom: small spacer. I used about 1/2” x 9 1/2”

I just glued them together one piece at a time with thick CA glue and a spritz of activator, while listening to a ball game at my bench.
I used some 23 gauge pins (3/4”) here and there, but you really don’t need them.
I attached the tops with some cheap little hinges I got for a dollar a pair when I went to the Tampa Woodworking Show.
When they were all done, I sanded them over real good and finished most with boiled Linseed oil and some wax as a top coat for a super smooth finish.
A couple I left plain, and a few I put poly on.
I have hung a few around the shop, one in the kitchen and one in my office.
They have really come in handy and were fun to make.
I hope you like them.
Thanks for looking and have a great day.


12 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-28-2018 02:59 AM

Fantastic build! Thanks for sharing.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 04-28-2018 04:43 AM

Eric, I like this project. Thanks for posting a minl-blog to go with the project. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 04-28-2018 10:40 AM

Great use of scraps! Those are some fine paper towel holders.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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Paul M

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#4 posted 04-28-2018 11:09 AM

Nicely done—brilliant

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 04-28-2018 11:53 AM

Well done Eric! I also like those French Cleats!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 04-28-2018 12:05 PM

That is a great idea. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 04-28-2018 03:49 PM

Nice use of scrap material with a practical application.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 04-28-2018 04:50 PM

Nice idea, but are you saying you built those boxes so you would have a place to store the tri-fold towels you swipe from the gas station? I must be misunderstanding, you couldn’t be proud of taking something that is not yours.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#9 posted 04-28-2018 05:14 PM

Nice use of non-commited inventory, good thinking. Now if you cut a slot in some of the lids, they can be used for facial tissues as well. Then, maybe gift one to the gas station that supplies your towels.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 04-29-2018 10:35 AM

Wonderful boxes and wonderful you pass on how to.
Doubble the joy.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 04-29-2018 06:10 PM


That BLO really made the grain pop!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 04-30-2018 05:44 AM

Great job & nice blog Wrecker.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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