I needed a kitchen towel holder, but – as I am a little short of worktop space – I wanted one that could hang on the wall. As I had already made a couple of other bits for the kitchen from oak, I decided to keep to that theme.
I got a length of oak dowel and a scrap of board, which I cut to a bit longer than the paper towel. I then ripped the board down on the table saw to the width I wanted.
To attach the dowel to the board, I decided to use leather straps. Using my leather strap cutter, I cut a couple of 1 inch wide straps, but you could just purchase some leather already cut into strips.
I wanted to attach these straps to the back of the board, and have them recessed into it. I setup my crosscut sled on the table saw, then raised the blade up to the height of the strap folded over. I could then nibble away a 1 inch slot at either end of the board.
The slots needed a bit of a clean up with a chisel, then I used the router to round over the edges on the front of the board.
On either end of the board I instilled some brass screw inserts, that I could use to fix it to the wall. With those fitted, it was time to apply some finish. I went for hard wax oil to match the knife rack I made in the previous post.
When the finish dried, I was able to install the leather straps. I folded them over and positioned then into the slots, and used a knife to trim off any excess. To hold them in place, I drove some screws through the leather and into the oak.
That’s it, all done! Please watch the video below for more information on how I made this, along with a matching magnetic knife rack.