Introduction: Industrial Towel Rack

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Here's a neat thing I found on Etsy. I call it an Industrial Towel Rack. Everything here takes minimal tools to make and can be made in a couple hours and for around 30 bucks. Like I said in one of my previous Instructables, I remodeled my house and made everything very rustic and modern so I thought this would work out very nicely in my downstairs bathroom. Here's what I used for the build:

TOOLS:

  • MITER SAW
  • TABLE SAW
  • CLAMPS
  • ADJUSTABLE PLIERS
  • ORBITAL SANDER
  • DRILL
  • THICKNESS PLANER (OPTIONAL)

MATERIALS

  • WOOD GLUE
  • SANDPAPER (120 & 220)
  • 1 1/4" DRYWALL SCREWS
  • BLACK PIPE AND FITTINGS (LISTED ON STEP 3)
  • 2 X 4'S

***CHECK OUT MY VIDEO FOR A MORE IN-DEPTH TUTORIAL***

Step 1: STEP 1: Start With the Shelf

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I had a bunch of 2x4's lying around so I used those. They were about 24 inches long and I ripped a bunch down to 1 inch wide on my table saw. When I say a bunch, I believe that it was 6 that I ended up cutting for this project.

After I had 18 or so 1 inch strips I took them to the miter saw and squared up the one end and cut every piece down to random lengths. All the way from 23 inches down to 6 and anywhere in-between.

Step 2: STEP 2: the Glue-Up

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Before glueing anything I mixed and matched pieces so I could come up with a pattern that I liked. I chose the best side and placed that upwards and proceeded to glue each piece together using interior / exterior glue because it would be in the bathroom.

I was going for around 7 inches or so deep and around 36 inches wide. I used quite a few clamps on it and set it aside to form up the actual towel rack itself.

Step 3: STEP 3: Assemble the Towel Rack

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While the shelf is drying we can start assembling the towel rack. Everything I used was 1/2 inch black pipe. It's relatively cheap and can be found at any hardware store. Here is the material list:

  • 4 - 1 1//2" NIPPLES
  • 2 - 2" NIPPLES
  • 2 - 90 DEGREE ELBOWS
  • 2 - TEES
  • 4 - FLOOR FLANGES
  • 1 - 24" PIPE

So from here I would just look at the pictures I left or watch the video. It's pretty basic but for the first time it can be sort of a puzzle. I didn't crank any of the pipes too tightly. There's no need because it will be secured to the shelf and secured to the wall so nothing should ever move.

I should point out that you want the towel rack to be the same height on both ends so make sure you measure this also.

Step 4: STEP 4: Back to the Shelf

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By the time you get the towel rack is ready to go the shelf should be ready for planing. Now you can skip this step if you just want to use a 2x8. This is what I saw on Etsy. But I wanted to add a little more character. So I figured I'd go with the butcher block look.

I planed both sides making them completely flat. All-the-while making sure I didn't take off too much at a time. I then squared up the one end on my miter saw and measured over 34" and cut the shelf to length.

Step 5: STEP 5: Finishing Work

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After planing, I sanded the shelf on every side with 120 and then 220 grit sandpaper. Next I brushed on some wood conditioner being that I am using pine. This will help prevent blotchiness. Then I stained the shelf with a Minwax brand Jacobean stain because I wanted to go for the darker look. I wiped it off and re-applied my stain once more because I felt it wasn't a deep enough color. After that I applied a one coat polyurethane to all sides of the shelf.

Step 6: STEP 6: Finishing Touches

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After the poly dried it was time to attach the towel rack to the shelf. To do this I centered the floor mounts on the bottom of the shelf and predrilled the shelf using a 3/32 drill bit and attached the rack to the shelf with 8 ,1 1/4" drywall screws.

That's it for this build. I secured the shelf to my bathroom wall using 8 drywall fasteners. I probably only needed 4. 2 on each side, but I wanted to fill all the holes on the floor mounts.

Let me know what you guys think by leaving a comment in the comments section. Thanks for looking!

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Comments

stekahedron (author)2017-11-13

so that's about 20 quid a bit better than my costs. I'll stick with my pipe supplier for now and see if I can get a better price on other projects if this one goes well. thanks for the instructions.

stekahedron (author)2017-11-11

I'm costing this up in UK and I think about 30 quid for this project. how does that compare with your costs, I can see your obviously a woodworker so would have a lot of items readily available, this is my first pipe and wood project.

adamf135 (author)stekahedron2017-11-12

I believe the pipe cost a total of 25 bucks and the top was about 8

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