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Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

Make a Towel Holder and Dowel Rack combination for more bathroom storage.

Have you run out of places to hang your flannels, towels and other bath-time accessories?  This Towel Holder and Dowel Rack combination will solve your storage problem!  🙂 I made this adorable towel holder from scrap wood left in my wood bin (just like the picture frames I made last week).  Here’s all you need to complete this Towel Holder and Dowel Rack that is sure to give your bathroom a touch of class.

MATERIALS

Crosspieces  (2 pieces @ 11 3/8″ x 7/8″ x 7/8″ – softwood like pine)

Slats (6 pieces @ 22 5/8″ x 7/8″ x 7/8″ – softwood like pine)

Spacer (1 piece @ 24″ x 1 3/5″ x 1/2″ – MDF or plywood)

Rail Back Board (1 piece @ 23 5/8″ x 5 3/4″ x 3/4″ – softwood like pine)

Pegs (4 wooden dowels cut 4 3/4″ long and 1″ diameter – we used 5 dowels 1/2″ in size.  Make sure to adjust your spacing if you use smaller dowels)

Brackets (2 pieces @ 4 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ x 3/4″ – softwood like pine)

Back Bars (2 pieces @ 13″ x 1 3/4″ x 3/4″ – softwood like pine)

TOOLS

– 12 galvanized wood-screws ( 1 3/8″ x 1/8″) – Galvanized screws will not rust.

– Pencil for marking

– Straight edge for aligning

– Square

– Power drill with 1/8 ” straight bit and a 1″ spade bit (Same size as your dowel)

– Power drill/screwdriver

– Mouse Sander with Abrasive paper (start with 80 grit; finish with 120 or 220)

– Wood Glue/wood filler to fill nail holes

– Paint or stain (I used Rustoleum White Oil Base Spray Paint with a high gloss finish)

– Polyurethane varnish (this will not be required if you use the Rustoleum White Oil Base Spray Paint)

Let’s get started on this neat project to build a Towel Holder and Dowel Rack 🙂

1.  Taking your two crosspieces, mark off divisions with the spacer and one of the slats.  Lay one slat atop both crosspieces, flush with the end, and draw a pencil line.  Lay the spacer against the first slate and add the second slat.  Draw a pencil mark line to mark the placement of the second slat.  Continue marking alternate slat and spacer divisions.  Make sure the final slat is flush with the crosspiece end.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

 

2.  Now take your square and make an X inside every other slat area starting from the end.  The X marks the center where you will attach the slats to the crosspieces.

3.  Using a 1/8 ” drill bit and your power drill, drill a hole through each slat.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

4.  Install the two outer slats first with the suggested screws.  Doing this helps hold the piece straight why you install the remaining slats.  Use the MDF spacer to ensure the equal gaps between the slats.  Make sure your ends are flush by feeling with your fingers.  Continue installing the slats to the crosspieces.

Hello I Live Here -Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

5.  Now for the dowels.  Locate the center of the rail back and draw a pencil line lengthwise.  Use equal space to mark the location of each dowel.  (The first dowels should be about 4 1/2″ in from each end. ) Continue spacing the dowels using the same approximate distance from each other.  Drill a hole at each marked point with a 1″ spade bit (the hole size should be the same as the dowels).  Clamp the rail back atop some scrap wood to prevent drill tear out.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

6.  Glue each dowel into the drilled holes and let dry.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

7.  Cut two brackets to size and place one against each rail back bar, flush with the top and aligned against opposite sides.  We used our Ryobi airstrike nail gun and wood glue to set the brackets, nailing the bottom corners and nailing in from the back and top of the boards.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

8.  Next attached the rail back board.  We used Titebond wood glue and our Ryobi nail gun with 1 3/8″ nails to attach as in the photo below.  Make sure your dowels are dry or you could bend them while installing the backboard.

Hello I Live Here - Attaching back board

9.  Next position the shelf on the brackets, with the top of each bracket flush with the inside of the crosspieces.  We again used our Ryobi nailer and wood glue for strength with 1 3/8 ” nails.

Hello I Live Here - Positioning Bracket

10.  Wood fill any open holes, sand, paint, let dry and hang in your bathroom on the wall of your choice.Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

Our Towel Holder and Dowel Rack project took us about 3 hours total including paint.  We hope you find this project as fun as we did.  There is no better feeling then using scrap wood for these great storage pieces.

Hello I Live Here - Towel Holder and Dowel Rack

Don’t forget to share our post on your Pinterest, Facebook, and Hometalk boards so others can enjoy the plans.  Happy wood working!!!

Linda 🙂

DIY Shutter Towel Rack

DIY Towel Racks

DIY Shutter Towel Rack

In our upstairs bathroom, which is primarily used as a guest bathroom or when my other daughter comes home for a weekend visit, I needed to come up with a functional yet decorative way to keep bath towels in the bathroom because the space doesn’t have a lot of storage.  I decided I would make a piece that could be displayed as a wall hanging, but it would also double as a towel rack for my daughter or our guests.  After a few hours of thinking up designs, I had it..I would make a DIY Shutter towel rack!

Here are the items you will need to make this functional DIY Shutter Towel Rack wall hanging for your bathroom:

–          House Shutters

–          Spray paint

–          8 big gardening hooks

–          Screw driver

–          Screws

–          Drill

–          2 pieces of 1X2

–          Nuts and bolts

–          Level

Want to make it?  Here are the steps:

1.   Spray paint the shutters (I found two old plastic ones at a garage sale) before you do anything, this will get all of the surfaces covered so there is no white showing through on your finished product.  I used Rust-Oleum® Universal Paint and Primer in One in a Hammered Brown.  I find that you may pay a little more for it, but it has a texture to it and it also sticks to any surface.

DIY Shutter Towel Rack DIY Shutter Towel Rack DIY Shutter Towel Rack - Painted

2.   Take the two painted shutters after they are dry and flip them over so the front is laying on your work surface.  Clip the two shutters with a clamp and the 1X2 and drill four holes in the wood and shutters and fasten them together with the nuts and bolts.

Connecting the two shutters
Connecting the two shutters

3.   After the shutters are secured together flip them over so you can start putting on the hooks.  On the thick molding of the shutters place one hook on each side then, on the other shutter stagger where you put the other hooks so they aren’t right next to the hooks you just drilled in.  Keep doing this until you have four sets of hooks with two hooks on each molding.  Drill in the hooks after you have the hooks evenly spaced from one another.

Attach plant hangers to the shutters
Attach plant hangers to the shutters

4.   Take the finished DIY Shutter Towel Rack into the bathroom you are going to hang it in and measure where you want to drill holes to hang the piece.  After measuring and making sure the piece will be level, drill the holes into the wall and place screws or hooks into the holes so the piece can be hung.

DIY Shutter Towel Rack
DIY Shutter Towel Rack

5.   Place your rolled up towels into the hooks and enjoy your functional but decorative new DIY Shutter Towel Rack !

DIY Shutter Towel Rack
DIY Shutter Towel Rack

Enjoy your DIY Shutter Towel Rack – Have a great Friday and happy crafting!

-LC