Rustic Towel Bar Plan
Made from Scrap Wood!

Use This Rustic Towel Bar Plan and Make a Towel Bar That Fits Your Space!

Difficulty Level: Beginner

This towel bar plan was created to fill a space between a cabinet and a wall in my laundry room.

The final result was both pleasing and practical!

Using the Kreg jig, this project took about 2 hours, and cost about $1 (for pocket hole screws).

Selected Wood from Scraps.

Selecting the scrap wood took longer than any other step.  Of course, you can also make this from new wood, if you would like.

Cut the Wood to Size.

This towel bar plan has 6 pieces.  To fit my space I made all the horizontal pieces 22" long.  You may wish to lengthen or shorten that to fit your space.

For Back and Shelf:

Cut (2) 3 1/2" wide by 22" long (from 1x4);

For Sides:

Cut (2) 3 1/2" wide by 10 1/2" long (from 1x4);

For Towel Bar Itself as well as Shelf Front:

Cut (2) 1 1/4" wide by 22" long;

Stained the Edges.

Because I wanted to preserve the old look of the scrap wood, I stained the places I had just cut.  I used a stain I already had which just happened to be "golden oak".

When assembling the final towel bar, I also positioned the pieces so the original finish, and not the newly stained areas, was the most visible.

Dry Fit Pieces Together.

Next I dry fitted the pieces together to be sure everything was a consistent length.

At this stage I also planned where to put the pocket holes.

Marked Pocket Holes.

I have learned - the hard way - it is better to mark where you want the pocket holes.  Once you take the pieces away from the dry fit it can be confusing!

I have drilled them on the front when they should have been on the back, and on the top when they should have been on the bottom.

Drilled Pocket Holes.

I just love when I get to the pocket hole drilling stage!  It means the project is coming together.

Because this towel bar plan used 3/4" thick wood, I used 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

Your Kreg jig needs to be set for 3/4" thick wood at the top, and your pocket hole drill bit needs to be adjusted for the right depth.

If you need more info. on setting up your Kreg jig, check out these pages:

Kreg Pocket Hole Jig K4

Kreg Pocket Hole Jig K5

All Pocket Holes Are Now Drilled for This Towel Bar Plan.

There are no pocket holes in the 2 side pieces.

The top piece in the photo is the front of the shelf.  It has pocket holes to the sides, and pocket holes to connect it to the shelf.

The second piece is the back.  It has pocket holes to the sides, and at the bottom to connect to the shelf.

The third piece in the photo is the shelf.  It just has pocket holes to the sides.

The bottom piece is the towel bar. It just has pocket holes to the sides.

PS.  At some point, probably before staining, I also rounded the edges of the towel bar.

Clamped in Position.

Clamping is an important step when making Kreg jig projects!!  And the Kreg right angle clamp makes that step so much easier!!!!!  A work surface that you can clamp your pieces to also makes this much easier. 

This photo shows the use of the table saw cover my son made to convert the table saw top to a flat working area.  The overlap was especially included for clamping!!  (This was another great beginner project.)

In this step I attached the front of the shelf to the shelf itself.  As you can see the pocket holes for the shelf are in the top of the shelf, and will not be visible when this rustic towel bar is hung.

Drove the Pocket Hole Screws.

Once the pieces are aligned, and clamped in place, it takes just seconds to drive the pocket hole screws.

Attached the First Side.

I attached the side piece next, again using the Kreg right angle clamp to help keep the pieces aligned.

Behind the shelf I clamped a block of wood in place to help keep the alignment while driving the pocket hole screws.

Attached Side 2.

You can now attach side 2.

I then attached the back with the all of the pocket hole screws hidden behind the back piece.

The last step was to attach the towel bar.  Again, the pocket hole screws are hidden in the back.

This Rustic Towel Bar is Complete!

I was delighted with this addition to my laundry room!

You can use this towel bar plan to make an economical gift or create your own unique towel bar!

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