First off, I used my favorite building material Barnwood. If you happen to have some old barnwood laying around, Great!!! If not no big deal. After building ours, I decided to go to our local lumber yard to see what they had for materials (to help the not so fortunate ones with no barnwood). If you are wanting that barnwood look, get yourself:
1) 2x6 Cedar Board Measurements for sides 2x6x4
1) 1x6 Ceder Board Measurements for top 1x6x20
1) 3/4 Wood Dowel Measurements for rack 11 inches
1) Kreg Mini Tool Kit
The cedar wood looks awesome when stained and will hold up well in the wet/humid area of your bathroom. Purchasing the Kreg Tool will help you attach the rack to the wall with ease, but is not a must have. When your all said and done your materials will cost you less then $20. Not to bad when an average ring rack costs the same. Okay enough rambling, lets get to building.....
To start, we need to get our two sides for the rack, Do this by cutting your 2x6 at 4 inches two times. Next, find the center of your board and using a 3/4 paddle drill bit, drill a hole 1/2 deep. Do this on both boards. Also, cut your wooden dowel to 11 inches.
***I measured a hand towel as if it would be folded on the towel rack. It measured 6 inches wide. If your towels are larger or you are wanting to make this as a bath towel rack, measure accordingly. I figured the dowel to measure 10 inches to allow for room on both sides of the towel. Cutting the dowel at 11 inches allows for 1/2 inch of the dowel to go into each hole you drilled in your sides.*******
Now we can attach our 2 sides and dowel to the wall. This is where the Kreg tool comes into play. If you have been keeping up with our blog you have seen me use this tool before. If not, check out our DIY Photo Frame . If you do not own a Kreg tool you can get away with pre-drilling your sides and toe-nailing a screw through the top. Now, attach one of your sides.
Place your dowel into the hole in the side attached to the wall and then slide into your remaining side. Now with the use of a level, attach your other side. (But wait I'm not using a level..... If you have a plank wall like ours you can use the plank behind to make both sides level) I used my Kreg tool to drill out both the top and bottom of my sides.
We decided that we liked the look of an overhang for our shelf. With the hand towel rack being 10 inches, we determined that 20 inches worked the best for us. I used a smaller width board for our top to give it some dimension. This is where your 1x6 board is used. I then centered the board with equal space on each side and with the use of a air-nailer and 1 1/2 brad nails I secured the shelf board.
So what do ya think? Pretty simple and it adds a bunch more to your bathroom then those old boring towel rings. Plus, you get a shelf to display your family photos or even a cool vintage fan (that I surprised Emily with). Make sure you guys stay tuned, I'm going to have a lot of DIY tips & tutorials coming up!
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