Step 1: Tools & Materials
I only used a screw driver (not pictured). However, I could see you needing a drill, a die to cut threads onto a metal rod, various saws, measuring devices and...well I can't think of anything else, but I'm sure you will as you try this.
- Metal rod or wooden dowel
- 2 screws
- 1 metal flange of some sort
- 1 washer (optional)
- Super glue
Step 2: Attach Bar to Clamp
The essence of this project is attaching a bar that a roll of paper towels can rotate around to a clamp. To do this I passed a screw through a pre-exsiting hole in the handle of a large clamp. I then threaded the screwed into a hole that had been tapped into a piece of aluminum bar stock. I applied super glue to the threads and tightened the screw with a screw driver.
Now I'm sure some of you are saying "Hey asshole not all of us have an aluminum rod with threaded holes in the ends." If this is the case I would suggest using a wooden dowel . You could drill a hole in the clamp handle and pilot holes (one in each end) in the dowel. Then you can screw the dowel to the clamp.
Or you could use a die to cut threads into a metal rod and then secure it to the clamp using appropriately sized lock washers and nuts.
Step 3: Assemble Top Flange
As in the last step I'm sure something similar could be done to a wooden dowel or metal rod.
Step 4: Add Towels and Secure to Table
Step 5: Addendum
Cut the dowel to proper length. I thought I had done this but the damn thing still protruds about 2 inches too far so I'll probably be cutting that down later.
Cut the head off a bolt or screw that you possess a matching nut for. I did this by securing itin my bench vise an whipping out my Dremel. It just woulnd't be a RadBear instructable w/o using a Dremel and bench vise. :)
Drill hole large enough to accept decapitate screw in one end of dowel.
Glue decapitated screw into hole.
Attach other end of dowel to clamp w/ a wood screw. I chose to add another flange to the bottom in an attempt to raise the towels up. Doesn't appear to have helped. Oh well.
Now attach to table, load towels and secure top flange w/ nut to retain towels in case of vigrous dispensing.