toallero de aro (Towel Rack)

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Project by RobS posted 11-04-2009 04:10 PM 3024 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Updated pictures, added two pics from Mexico

So yet another one of my beach combing bingo’s turns into yet another gift….

My brother-in-law and sister-in-law own a nice little casa south of the border (and it can be rented by anybody looking for a secluded vacation getaway…)

They asked if I could make them a set of towel racks, one small, one large for their recently remodeled bathroom. They indicated that they did not want the standard towel bar, but more like a coat rack with four individual hooks. And then a matching smaller, two-hook hand towel rack.

Then the additional request, “Can you make it without metal hooks?” With all the sea air, humidity, and the bathroom atmosphere, they were worried about rust.

Okay, so an all wood towel rack with wooden hooks, not a bar; thus commenced the brainstorming and searching for the right piece of wood..

Then I happened upon one of my beach finds from the ’08 trip to Corpus Christi, TX. It was a 7” x roughly 36” piece of 4/4 oak and with the requested finished dimensions of 28×5 for the large and 6×5 for the small, this seamed like the perfect fit. Then of course there’s the added plus that this is a South Texas beach find going to a Mexican beach casa, hmm, might this piece of found wood be going full circle? One can only speculate…..get my drift?

Knowing the hooks would be holding heavy towels and not wanting to go with the typical perpendicular pegs, I figured I’d want an extra angle on the hooks, So after trimming the board down to just over 5 inches and saving the cut offs to actually make the hooks, I decided that a 30 degree angle would provide a good catch. So I set the table saw to 30 degrees and cut the board along the entire length, cut it completely in two. Then, knowing that I milled the hooks to ¾ x 3/4, I notched out 4 evenly spaced ¾ inch holes with the table saw. After gluing and brad nailing the hooks into the notch at the appropriate length, I glued the two halves of the main board back together again. Then after 24 hours, I just sawed the extra hook length flush with the back. Constructed its mini-mate with repeated steps, just with smaller spacing.

Finished with two coats of Watco teak oil and if you look really close, there’s still some fine beach sand in the open knot on the large one. So beach sand for a beach retreat, can that go thru customs? I saved the last two picture spots for when they are put in place in their new home. So enjoy, and my only charge will be letting me use ‘em once in a while…. uh, please…?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#1 posted 11-04-2009 08:24 PM

Your project matches the decor of the beach house perfectly. Ripping the thing, using the table saw to notch the holes at an angle is pretty slick. Saved a bunch of time and perfectly aligned hooks and free materials…my type of project.

-- Thuan

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#3 posted 11-09-2009 05:19 AM

Hello Rob;
....these towel racks are ‘great rustic’.

Now I’m a little envious, seems to me that those racks belong not south of the border, but north….up here in snow country. They would fit right in the bathroom up at the rustic cabin. Hmmm, guess I’ll have to make some for the cabins bathroom and mud-room.

Next thought is no-beach sand up here and I do not think the soon coming snows will last in any of the cracks. All-ways love your word plays….so maybe you could ‘drift’ some sand up my way.


-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 11-17-2009 09:57 PM

Thanks for the comments! I added two more pictures of them in their right-full new home…

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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