Step 5: Cut and Install the Towel Rack.

illustration of butcher-block island with the towel rack top highlighted
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
«»
Using a jigsaw, round the ends of two 4-inch-long blocks of 1x3 to make the sides of the towel holder. Bore a flat-bottomed hole with a 1-inch forstner bit halfway through the center of the curve on each block. Glue and screw one piece to a 1x3 mounting bar. Insert a dowel into the hole, put the second 1x3 block onto the other end of the dowel, and screw the block to the mounting bar with 2¼-inch trim-head screws. Screw the mounting bar to the apron using 2-inch deck screws.
Ask TOH users about Islands

Contribute to This Story Below

    Tools List

    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • speed square
      Speed square
    • drill
      Drill/driver, ½-inch bit, and 1-inch forstner bit
    • caulk gun
      Caulk gun
    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • paintbrush
      Paintbrush

    Shopping List

    1. Butcher block. Order a 36-by-48-inch block.

    2. Poplar 2x4 to build the legs. Get four 6-footers.

    3. Poplar 2x6 to build the apron. Get two 6-footers.

    4. Poplar 2x3 to frame the bottom shelf. Get an 8-footer and a 6-footer.

    5. Poplar 2x2 to build the shelf slats. Get nine 8-footers.

    6. Poplar 1x3 to build the crosspieces and bracket for the towel bar. Get two 6-footers.

    7. 1-inch dowel to build a towel bar.

    8. Silicone caulk to adhere the butcher-block to the crosspieces and frame.

    9. Surface-mounted corner brackets to hold the butcher block, apron, and legs together. Get four.10. 2¼-inch trim-head screws

    11. 2½-inch trim-head screws

    12. 3½-inch trim-head screws

    13. 2-inch deck screws to attach the butcher block.

    14. 1-inch fender washers

    15. Wood glue

    16. Wood filler

    17. Fine-grit sandpaper

    18. Primer and paint