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Beautiful DIY Towel rack using old ceramic taps

diy-towel-rackNeed some more hanging space in your bathroom for extra towels or to hang your bath robe?  This is the perfect do it yourself project to get more hanging space.  The total time to make is about 1-2 hours.  And if you are worried about the skills required to do this project not to worry it is very easy to make. Give your bathroom an extra shelf, extra hanging space and add some character. These also make fantastic homemade Christmas gifts that every parent or grand parent will love.

What you will need

3 x porcelain handles
Scrap boards or weathered wood
2 x shelf brackets
3 x dummy spindles
Pencil
Epoxy
2.5cm screws

The tools you will need

Tape measure
Drill/driver
Screwdriver
Combination square

Instructions

Cut the wood to the size you would like your towel rack to be (about 40cm is perfect for a 3 tap rack).  Then using a measuring tape, divide the board into 5 including the edges and use markers 2,3 and 4 as your tap positions.

Next you must trace a line on the board where the top shelf will sit so that you can determine how high to position the supporting brackets on either side.

Now mark on the board where the bracket fasteners will go, remember to leave an inch from the side and to position the tops just below the pencil line you have made.

Fasten the bracket supports to the board with screws.

Place the posts (inards of the taps) on the marks and drill pilot holes for their screws.  Then secure the posts to the board.

Next mix two-part fast-drying epoxy formulated for bonding metal.  Spread the epoxy on the rims of the porcelain taps and place them over the spindles.

Fill the metal insides at the base of the handles with epoxy and then fit them on top of the spindles.  Wipe away any epoxy that might be seeping out, and wait 5 minutes for it to set (it will take about 1 hour for it to cure)

Next you must rest the shelf top on the brackets.  Drill pilot holes and use self tapping screws to screw through the back of the mounting board and into the edge of the shelf.

The only thing left to do is find the right spot in the bathroom for your new towel rack.

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