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Dad & Daughter Project #2 - Paper Towel Holder for Mom

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Project by nobuckle posted 04-21-2012 05:10 PM 1695 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My second oldest daughter and I made this simple paper towel holder just this past week. All together it only took about four hours or so, including the Sketchup design process. My wife expressed that she would like to have a paper towel holder. So, my daughter and I put our heads together and came up with this simple yet functional design. It’s made of 3/4” Cherry and 1-1/8” dimeter Poplar dowel rod. we stained it with Minwax Natural 209 and applied two coats of Minwax Polycrylic. One thing I have to mention is the way that the removable portion works. It’s simply a couple of 5/16” diameter rare earth magents. I was originally going to use some type of screw on method, but my daughter suggessted that we use some magnets instead. Her idea worked out great. The last picture is somewhat fuzzy but I wanted to show how I used a ball bearing to transfer the center of the end-cap to the center of the dowel rod. I simply put the ball bearing in the dimple that the forstner bit left behind, then I put the Poplar dowel in the end-cap and gave it a light tap with a hammer. I was then able to drill the hole for the mating magnet directly in line with the one in the end-cap. Some more time well spent with one of my children. Mama is happy, and we all know that when Mama’s happy everybody’s happy. Thanks for looking.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"





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Richforever

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#1 posted 04-21-2012 05:48 PM

Pretty cool! Great ideas by your daughter.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#2 posted 04-21-2012 09:36 PM

A perfect way to spend some quality time with the kids. Nice project also.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#3 posted 04-22-2012 01:22 AM

You guys did a great job. Love the idea of using the magnets to keep the roll in place.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 04-22-2012 02:11 AM

  • BEAUTIFUL WORK DOUG AND VERY CLEVER THE CARPENTER!!!!!! :)*

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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#5 posted 04-22-2012 02:12 AM

BEAUTIFUL WORK DOUG AND VERY CLEVER THE CARPENTER!!!!!! :)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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