Paper towels often come in handy while working in the shop. To always have them close by, I made this magnetic paper towel holder out of a dowel and some plywood.

The holder isn’t difficult to make. I just ripped a plywood blank to width and then cut it into three pieces to make the sides and back, as shown. Using the table saw, I created a tongue and dado joint between the back and sides to add strength. Next I drilled holes in the back and screwed in cups to accept magnets.

To complete the sides, I routed stopped slots to hold the dowel, and then I rounded the front edges at the band saw. After assembly, my new paper towel holder was ready for a roll.

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