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.
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)
- 12 galvanized wood-screws ( 1 3/8″ x 1/8″) – Galvanized screws will not rust.
- Pencil for marking
- Straight edge for aligning
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
6. Glue each dowel into the drilled holes and let dry.
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.
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.
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.
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.