Thanks for visiting our page. This paper towel holder is made in lots of twelve to fifteen units. using a jig made here in the workshop just as our ancestors did. This gives us an almost but not quite lot of very similar paper towel holders.
The weakest part of any paper towel holder of this type is the joinery of the risers to the base. When fastening end grain to long grain special precautions have to be taken to avoid separation. If a paper towel holder is assembled without glue it will loosen.
The end extensions of the base are also
necessary to add strength and avoid the riser striking the floor or other object directly.
Sam's Treasures' paper towel holders are placed in the jig, the risers receive an
application of glue, and are clamped in place to apply pressure. Holes are drilled and
countersunk and screws are driven into them where they remain forever. The glue is allowed
to cure for 24 hours before the finish is applied
The bases are ripped to 3" width and the riser stock to 2-3/4 width. Both the bases and risers are cut to length with a miter saw using a stop for precision cutting. After cutting the ends are laid out using a tomato sauce can for the base and a tomato paste can for the risers. We rough cut the corners on a band saw. We shape the bases on a power sander and chamfer the edges. We use another jig for drilling and countersinking the mounting holes on the drill press.
Doris then signs the bases using metal stencils with the company logo and the date manufactured.
At this point we sand and chamfer the risers on the power sander, lay them out with two pre-adjusted try squares and drill the holes with a 1-1/4" spade wood boring bit halfway through the riser. We then turn the riser over and counter bore through to complete the hole. Using a sanding drum on the drill press we chamfer and smooth out the hole.
Now the bases and the risers are placed in the
assembly jig and assembled. Finishing is the final step.
We will supply pictures of this process as soon
as we can take and post them.
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