Picture of Rustic wooden towel rack
This instructable will show you how to make a towel rack from scrap wood and a broom stick.

We recently added wooden frames around the doors and windows  in our beach house, made from a Brazilian hard wood called Angelim Pedra. We had lots of this beautiful hard wood left over from this project, and I decided to use it to make some towel racks. I hate to see good wood go to waste!;-)

Here's how I did it...

• scrap wood
• broomstick
• wood glue
• varnish/paint
• nails
• screws
• plastic screw anchors

• Hammer
• Hack saw
• Grinder (optional)
• Paint brush
• Drill
• 13/16 wood bit
• rasp (or file)
• Screw driver

Step 1: Select and measure wood

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measure broom stick.jpg
As I mentioned in the introduction, I had a lot of Angelim Pedra to work with. Ironically I only had two broom sticks to work with. Since I wanted to make four of these towel racks, and the broomsticks measured about 100 cm each, I decided to make my racks about 50 cm wide.

The first picture above isn't the exact piece of wood I used, but from the same wood pile. 
(This is a piece I used for my Steampunk Socket/Switchplates;-)
Great job... well done, I solved the fixing problem by drilling the mounting holes 1/2" above the center of the rail.
Winged Fist (author)  I am in the shed!3 years ago
I thought about that, and it certainly would have been easier, but I decided to go with this more complicated method, so that the mounting screws would be less visible. I'd like to see a picture of yours, if you could post one here in the comments!
This is one I made last year... You can just make out the positions of the mounting holes. I made one recently, also from Oak but more rustic looking like yours, I'm doing an instructable on it at the moment but can't get to my shed much to finish it.
Junophor3 years ago
Great idea

Cheers Aeon Junophor
Winged Fist (author)  Junophor3 years ago
Thanks Junophor! As you can see, I was able to sneak a few steampunk elements into our beach house;-)
Well how am I going to finish this without the last step? lol
Winged Fist (author)  Grasshopper12213 years ago
Grasshopper - Your comment made me literally "laugh-out-loud!";-)