DIY Wood Dowel Toilet Paper Holder

white bathroom with wood shelves and wood toilet paper holder

We might love designing toilet paper holders, a lot…I think this is the fourth one we’ve shared! 😂 I’ve had this wood dowel toilet paper holder for quite a while, I was hoping to get a video made of the process, but that hasn’t happened yet, so I decided to just go ahead with it and get a video out at a later date. As with our other toilet paper holder, we’ll be selling this in our Etsy shop for those that would prefer to buy rather than DIY!

We had some interest in a slightly different design and style than our original, but still keeping the wood, dowel and minimal, modern design. I’m not sure which I like better – both really appeal to me, luckily I have more than one bathroom (really grateful for that!), so I can have both in our home! This design has been voted as the easier one to use though.

roll of toilet paper on wood dowel toilet paper holder
wood toilet paper holder attached to white wall
dowel toilet paper holder with tile floor in background
wood dowel toilet paper holder on wall
white bathroom with wood shelf and wood toilet paper holder

Materials:

  • 3/4” dowel
  • 1” dowel
  • 1/4” dowel
  • 5/8” thick maple board
  • miter saw
  • drill
  • 3/4” forstner bit
  • 1/4” brad point bit
  • 3/16” drill bit
  • countersink bit
  • band saw or scroll saw
  • disk or belt sander
  • wood glue
  • clamp
  • sandpaper
  • clear polyurethane finish 
  • 3/16” drywall anchors
  • #8 x 2 solid brass screws
  • level
piece of wood with sketch of circle on it
drill with forstner bit drilling into dowel
drill nit screwing into wood dowel

You can find this toilet paper holder in our Etsy shop if you’d rather buy than DIY!

Directions:

Cut a piece 3-1/8” long from the 3/4” dowel. 

Cut a piece 6” long from the 1” dowel. 

Cut a piece 3/4” long from the 1/4” dowel.

Draw a 1-3/4” circle on the maple board and mark the center of the circle. 

Drill a 3/4” hole 3/8” deep in the center of the circle using the forstner bit. 

Make a mark centered between the edge of the hole and the outside of the circle; make a mark on the opposite side of the hole in the same manner. 

Use the 3/16” drill bit to drill holes at each of these locations.

Use the countersink bit to countersink the holes so that the head of the brass screw will sit just below the level of the wood.

Use a bandsaw or scroll saw to cut the circle out, cutting just outside of the line. 

Use the disk sander or belt sander to sand to the line.

On the 1” dowel, make a mark 7/8” from the end in the center of the dowel and drill a 3/4” hole 3/8” deep.

Turn the dowel 90 degrees and make a mark 1/2” from the other end in the center of the dowel, drill a 1/4” hole 3/8” deep.

Put wood glue in the hole in the round and in the 3/4” hole in the 1” dowel. 

Insert the 3/4” dowel into the holes, making sure that the countersunk holes are above and below perpendicular to the 1” dowel. 

Use a clamp to clamp this together making sure that things stay square. 

Once dry, put glue in the 1/4” hole and insert the 1/4” dowel. 

Allow to dry and sand everything smooth. 

Apply finish if desired.

Use drywall anchors (or attach to stud) at desired location. Use level to make sure holder is straight when anchoring into wall. 

picture of wood dowel toilet paper holder from two angles
roll of toilet paper on wood holder
bathroom with tile floor wood shelves over toilet

You can check out our other toilet paper holders here. And if you’re looking for more bathroom inspiration, you can find that here. Be sure to visit our shop if DIY isn’t your thing, you can find the toilet paper holder here!

-Manda

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