Paper Towel Dispenser

By BuildBasic

SKILL
intermediate

Assemble crown molding into two outside corners to box in a decorative holder for paper towel or hand towels. Add a slot at the bottom and a lid on top to complete the look.

Tools

  • Miter Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Drill
  • Jig Saw
  • Brad Nailer

Accessories

  • 31 PC. Drilling and Driving Accessory Kit

Materials

  • 5/8-INCH SPADE BIT
  • 1/2-INCH PLYWOOD
  • 1/4-INCH PLYWOOD
  • 18 Gauge Collated Nails
  • 4 5/8-INCH CROWN MOLDING (WITH A 52/38 SPRING)
  • HAND CLAMP
  • PAINTER'S TAPE
  • Wood Glue

Steps

STEP 1

Cut the base of the paper towel holder to size (9" x 3¼") from a piece of ½" thick board. Mark a rectangle 7½" x 1¾" on the cut board. With a 5/8" spade bit, drill holes at each corner of the rectangle to create the rounded corners.

Tools

Miter Saw, Drill, Spade Bit

Materials

1/2" Plywood

STEP 2

Cut the Opening Clamp the board to the work surface. Using a jigsaw, cut the line between the holes drilled in step one to complete the rectangular opening.

Tools

Jig Saw

STEP 3

Set up the saw to cut the crown molding. Tilt the bevel of the blade to 33.9-degrees, and then twist the miter angle of the blade to 31.6-degrees. (Note these adjustments are for crown molding with a 52-degree/38-degree molding.)

Tools

Miter Saw

STEP 4

Cut the First Piece of Crown Molding On the bottom edge, mark 3¼" from the end of the board. Orient the molding so that the miter creates a long point at the top edge of the molding and the bevel cuts back into the thickness of the molding.

Tools

Miter Saw

Materials

Crown Moulding

STEP 5

Finish Cutting the Crown Molding Finish cutting the molding so that the bottom edge of each piece fits against its corresponding edge of the base board cut in step one.

Tools

Miter Saw

Materials

Crown Moulding

STEP 6

Cut the Back Miter the ends of the ½-inch-thick back board to 38-degrees, or the spring angle of the crown molding.

Tools

Miter Saw

STEP 7

Assemble the Base and Back Apply wood glue to the edge of the base board. Center the back on the edge of the base, and then nail it into place using a pneumatic nail gun and 1-inch brad nails.

Tools

Brad Nailer

Materials

Wood Glue, Brad Nails

STEP 8

Place the first piece of crown molding along the edge of the base so that it covers the edge of the back board. Apply glue to the edge of the base and the back boards. Nail through the crown and into the base and back boards to hold it in place.

Tools

Brad Nailer

Materials

Wood Glue, Brad Nails

STEP 9

Apply wood glue to the edge of the installed crown molding piece, and along the front edge of the base board. Place the center piece of crown molding in place, concentrating on the joint with the installed crown. Nail to hold the piece in place.

Tools

Brad Nailer

Materials

Wood Glue, Brad Nails

STEP 10

Attach the Last Side Glue and secure the remaining piece of crown molding. Add painter's tape across the joints to hold them tight while the glue dries.

Materials

Wood Glue, Painter's Tape

STEP 11

Cut and Place the Lid Cut a piece of ¼-inch board or scrap plywood to a size of 14¼-inches-long-by-6-inches wide. Place the board onto the assembly as a removable cap.

Tools

Miter Saw