Towel Dowels

Heres a slick way to keep those paper towels just a grab away at the workbench. You’ll need a workbench you dont mind drilling holes in.

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Heres a slick way, courtesy of reader Joseph Cuetara, to keep those paper towels just a grab away at the workbench. Youll need 12-in. lengths of 1-1/4 in. and 3/8-in. diameter dowel rodand a workbench you dont mind drilling holes in! Drill a 1-1/4 in. hole in the corner of the table top, stopping it about 1/8 in. from the bottom. Push in the large dowel, securing it from beneath with a washer and screw. Then put on a towel roll and drill a 3/8-in. hole for the smaller dowel at the towels outer circumference. The skinny dowel lets you tear off towels one-handed. Now just tap in the 3/8-in. dowel and youre ready to roll when spills or splatters need tending. When youre done, pull out the dowels and put them away until next time.

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