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Project by James E McIntyre posted 01-13-2018 02:36 AM 3550 views 14 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s hard to find photos of arts and crafts tp holders and towel racks on the web so I designed my own.
The wood is quarter sawn white oak with Green & Green style pillow screw plug covers which are laid on the the piece for illustration before installation.

The stain is made from artist oil paints and the finish is oil based Minwax Poly-Wipe On

When I make the corbels for projects like this I make a template and put holes in the center where the mortise are cut. I place the template over the corbels and push an awl through the tiny hole into the wood. The holes serve as a starting point for the auger in the hollow mortice chisel. Placing a sacrificial piece of oak under the corbels will eliminate blowout on the other side of the corbel. Be sure not to let the auger bit protrude to far through the hollow chisel it will wander and make the mortice out of square. Use a small 3/8” or smaller Japanese file for clean up if needed.

The holes for the plugs are made with a 1/2” forstner bit, squared with a 1/2” chisel, then counter sunk and drilled through for the screws.

-- James E McIntyre

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#1 posted 01-13-2018 12:14 PM

I like it. Amazing how a few details like the plugs and the 4 square cut out can make something boring like a towel rack or paper holder turn into an eye catching piece.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 01-13-2018 03:02 PM

James, you did a very nice job on these pieces. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 01-13-2018 03:17 PM

Those are nice, solid looking creations James! The accents really work well and that oak…..

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James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 01-13-2018 07:41 PM

Thanks for the support. Who would have though you could make it into the top 3 with a towel rack and a toilet paper holder.

-- James E McIntyre

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#5 posted 01-13-2018 09:30 PM

Very nice indeed.

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#6 posted 01-13-2018 11:33 PM

Neat project, looks great, job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 01-14-2018 12:34 AM

Really good. Now you’ve set yourself up for a difficult task – all the other fixtures/hardware in your house will begin to look boring and plain by comparison and you’ll end up on a year-long quest to build matching or complimentary hardware and builtins for everything :)

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#8 posted 01-14-2018 01:16 AM

Beautiful! That’s one heck of a TP holder! Love them both. nice job.

-- tel

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#9 posted 01-14-2018 10:06 PM

James, these were a great idea and equally well done. How did you cut the mortises? I did some recently and they aren’t as nice as yours.

-- Art

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James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 01-14-2018 11:37 PM

AandCstyle thanks for the nice comments. I have a Powermatic bench top morticer. I think it’s a no. PM701. I also bought some premium Japenese hollow mortice chisels & bits from

-- James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 01-17-2018 10:52 PM

Thanks, I also used a bench top mortiser, but not a Powermatic with decent chisels.

-- Art

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James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 01-17-2018 11:08 PM

When I use the mortiser I go about a 1/4 of the thickness of the wood and back it out then go another 1/4 until it’s through.

-- James E McIntyre

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#13 posted 04-21-2019 08:33 PM

This is so beautiful and so well done. Thanks for posting this.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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