Cedar Napkin Holder

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Project by EdsCustomWoodCrafts posted 05-28-2015 04:39 PM 1379 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I eat out on our deck a lot and I was tired of having my napkins blow off the table, so I saw is item on Pinterest and thought it would be a great idea to build one.

I used some leftover 1×4 cedar I didn’t have 1 piece wide enough to I used my trusty Kreg pocket hole jig to join 2 pieces together, and routered the base to give it some curve appeal and then sanded it all down and put a couple coats of shellac on it.

(3) 1×4x10 joined the 2 pieces with Kreg pocket screw
(2) 1” diameter dowel 4.5” long

Step 1: cut 3 pieces of 1×4 to 10” long
Step2: routered 2 pieces along the outside perimeter
Step3: drilled 3 pocket holes along the long joint line and insert the screw and glued along the joint line
Step:4 used my drill press to drill 1/2” deep to receive the 4.5” dowel
Step 5: using the drill press drilled 1” diameter hole right through to act as a weight to keep the napkins in place while sitting in the dowels ( I had to use my drum sander attachment to widen the holes so the weight board slid up and down the dowels easily.
Step 6: sanded and put 2 coats of shellac on all pieces.

It looks great and above all it’s functional

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown” . Come check out my website for more about what I make and how at

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#1 posted 05-28-2015 06:51 PM

Looks like an excellent use for a piece of poplar I have sitting around!

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#2 posted 05-28-2015 08:18 PM

This is a great scrapwood project. Nice use of the poplar.

I made a few of these for the last craft shows. A retired wood shop teacher came up and said he used to teach these to eighth graders. I told him please don’t tell my mother, she thinks everything I make is so difficult and sophisticated I hate to ruin her image of me.

The only thing I did differently was I hit the tops of the dowels on the disc sander to bevel them a bit. Makes the top slide on easier.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#3 posted 05-31-2015 12:59 PM

The wind won’t blow those away while outdoors. Very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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