A handmade kitchen towel holder could be a kitchen towel roll holder or a towel rail. A paper towel holder can turn a plain roll of paper towels into an attractive point of interest in your kitchen, and it's a project that's simple and can be completed in no time at all.
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Basic kitchen roll holder
Draw around a CD onto a piece of 25 mm thick pine and mark the centre through the hole. Cut out the circle with a jigsaw and sand the edges smooth. This is the kitchen roll holder base. Drill a 6 mm hole in the centre, through the centre mark you made. Saw off a 30 cm length of 25 mm diameter dowel rod. This is the kitchen roll holder pin. Drill a 6 mm hole through one face, to a depth of 25 mm. Screw the pin to the base with a 50 mm by 6 mm screw.
More advanced kitchen roll holder
Use a lathe to shape your pin into something more attractive than a straightforward cylinder. Commercially available kitchen roll holders often have a slightly tapering pin, a decorative groove at the chest and a shaped and domed head. Likewise, shape your base into a decorative dome shape. The best way to do this on a lathe is to use a longer piece of wood, then saw off the domed section. Add a pattern to the base with gloss paint. Join the pin and base as above.
Kitchen towel rail
You can use a curtain pole pack to make a distinctive handmade kitchen towel holder that sits at the end of a run of kitchen units. Saw the pole to the correct width, making allowances for the decorative finials, or end knobs. Use the supplied fixings to attach it to the end of the worktop. Add the two finials. This looks especially good where the kitchen curtain has the same kind of pole.
Some forges offer educational courses. If you have access to a forge, you can create a kitchen towel holder with a circular base and straight pin. Take a piece of iron 61 cm long and plunge 30 cm of it into the hot coals. When the metal attains the familiar orange-red colouring, hammer the end of the bar over a thick part of the horn of your anvil to form the circle. Place the circle on the top of the anvil and hammer the straight piece over a corner until it is at 90 degrees.
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