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Table-Leg Paper-Towel Holder

Paper-Towel Holder

Paper-Towel Holder

Even though this item uses almost all re-cycled stuff throughout, it wasn’t built expressly for that reason, rather it came about because I couldn’t find anything that fitted my requirements in the hardware/kitchen stores. Most Towel Holders are free standing, and to me that equates not only being moved so that it can’t be found quickly, but knocked over, and also requiring two hands to obtain a sheet of paper.

To make the towel-holder, you will need:

  • A steel tube table leg, with height-adjuster.  If, like me you don’t have a table leg sticking through the wall from another space-time continuum, then you will need to obtain one. I salvaged 4 such legs from a cheap table some time ago. These items have a bracket at one end, and an interference-fit threaded plug at the other, into which the height adjuster screw fits.
  • A largish plastic lid. This should be reasonably rigid, and have a diameter at least equal to the diameter of a full roll of paper.
End Cheek and Screw
End Cheek and Screw

Cut a hole in the centre of the end-cheek just large enough to accomodate the screw.

Large can with plastic lid

Large can with plastic lid

The large red end-cheek of my holder is salvaged from a large can that previously contained high-protein slimmers formula.
If you haven’t got any of these cans, I bet you know someone who is trying to shed a few pounds, who will save them for you.
(An alternative is to go on a diet yourself, although wishing to make the towel-holder is probably not the most pertinent of reasons to diet.)

After cutting the leg to the desired length (measure your Paper Towel width), re-insert the threaded plug in the tube.
Consult the Boss regarding location of the unit, then drill 4 holes in the wall, insert the rawlplugs and fit the unit in place with 4 screws.
If you are using countersunk screws, (like me) fit 4 cup-washers to these so as to avoid leaving the sharp edges of the screws proud of the bracket, where they may tear strips off the back of your fingers. (nasty!)

The holder fitted to the wall

The holder fitted to the wall

Brownie points? At least +2.

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