Our kitchen paper towel holder had been with us for years. It was
made to fit the length of a roll, but in the last few years roll
length was not as exact. From the same package one would be a little
short and when you tried to snatch off a towel it would spin off about
7 yards of towels. Another would fit too tight and you would pull off
little pieces trying to pull out a towel. So I made my own.
It is made about 3/8 inch longer than the average roll, but the real
advantage is the built-in tensioner (made from a piece of metal banding).
The dowel is held in place by a keeper (modified 10d box nail) which
slips into a hole in the dowel. The dowel is slid in until the
vertical mark on it is even with the holder, then rotated until the
horizontal marks coincide and the keeper is put in.
You may notice that the keeper is not horizontal. Actually I drilled
a hole with the drill press while the end piece was still rectangular
and it pointed toward the center of the dowel. After putting it
together and painting it I started to install it in the kitchen and
the hole was on the back side! If I had laid it out with my
Etch-a-Sketch that may not have happened. So I free-handed another
hole in front.
Actually I think this gives the piece authenticity--if it were perfect
nobody would believe I really made it.
Death to all fanatics!
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