Here is a simple solution for wet towels and bathing suits by the pool or at the lake. Easily constructed from durable and naturally good-looking cedar and copper pipe, the towel tree is easy to build and means that dumping wet towels and clothes on deck chairs or on the ground is no longer an option.
This "tree" also makes a great place to hang plants for your deck or garden. Additional arms of varying lengths can be easily added.
- Refer to the schematics and cut the main post and feet to size. Sand these pieces before assembly, and use a screwsetter bit in all screw locations.
- Using a 7/8" wood bit, drill 2 holes in the post for the 3/4" copper pipe as indicated.
- Install the four feet, using outdoor wood glue and 2" deck screws. Use a carpenter's square to ensure that the post is vertical to the base. Apply glue, secure each foot with one screw then set the second screw when the leg is at right angles to the post.
- Cut two lengths of 3/4" copper pipe to size, and insert them through the pre-drilled holes in the post. Cap each end with a 3/4" end cap.
- Using a little glue or caulking, attach the post cap.
- Seal and finish all wood surfaces.
What You'll Need
- mitre saw 1347-890
- drill 1239-220
- sander 1262-334
- pipe cutter 8676-660
- screwsetter bit 1227-539
- measuring tape 1048-299
- carpenter's square 1070-060
- 7/8" wood bit 1214-777
- 4 x 4 cedar (4 1/2')
- 5/4 x 6 cedar (6')
- outdoor wood glue 2020-041/042
- 3/4" copper pipe (12') 3249-201
- 3/4" copper end caps (4) 3240-219
- post cap
- wood sealer/finish