For ages we’ve had a paper towel holder that the previous owners of the house left us. Years back I spraypainted it yellow and liked it. But all of a sudden I felt the need for change. The kitchen has transformed since and I felt the paper towel holder could look more like the rest of the kitchen. Yes yes, I know it’s a tiny detail, but essential for everyday life. At least with small children, it’s used daily. Anyway, I realized I could easily make one that fits our kitchen.
So I did! Now it’s perfect, the color and form. Here are instructions how to make the holder. It doesn’t take much time either.
- Round wood dowel, diameter 3/4 in.
- Glued laminated timber, about 3/4 in. thick
- Hand saw
- Sanding paper
- A drill and screw
- Furniture paint (or varnish) and paint brush
- Printable template (download pdf)
- Saw a 12″ 1/5 piece of the wood dowel. Sand the ends smooth.
- Print the template and trace the hexagon onto the glulam. Mark the center.
- Saw the hexagon along the lines. Sand the edges.
- Drill a vertical hole for the screw in the middle of the hexagon and at the other end of the dowel, so the screw won’t break the dowel. Make the hole in the hexagon slightly bigger than the screw and the hole in the dowel slightly smaller than the screw. Countersink the hole in the glulam board so the screw will sit flush with the surface.
- The dowel will be attached to the hexagon both with the screw and glue. Apply some glue on both surfaces and screw them together. Wipe off any excess glue with a paper towel.
- When the glue has dried paint the holder with your choice of color. If you wish to keep the wooden surface, use varnish instead. Sand lightly between coats if needed, wipe off sanding dust and apply another coat.
- Let dry. You have a paper towel holder!
Tip: If you want a round base instead of a hexagon, use a jigsaw to saw and finish the edges by sanding.