Shop Towel Holder & Shelf Combo — FREE!

(22 customer reviews)


Make your own shop towel holder that doubles as a small items shelf!

Includes Imperial (U.S.) Version AND Metric Measurements!

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  • You’ll be immediately provided with an instant download link, and
  • A backup copy will be sent to you by email, just in case.

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This is a simple FREE plan for making a shop towel holder with a built in shelf. If you haven’t seen the video yet, watch it here.

About the plans:

  • Formatted for normal sized (8.5″ x 11″) printer paper, so you can print it at home.
  • Includes metric measurements.

About the Shop Towel Holder:

  • Dimensions: 12.375″ wide x 6.25″ deep x 5.25″ tall (29.2mm wide x 15.9mm deep x 13.3mm tall).
  • Fits up to a 6″ diameter roll of paper towels (and anything smaller, included the blue Scott brand of shop towels).

Tools required (or at least strongly suggested) to build this project:

  • Table Saw
  • Drill or drill press
  • Router
  • Pin nailer (recommended, but not strictly necessary)
  • Glue & clamps
  • Sander/Sandpaper

22 reviews for Shop Towel Holder & Shelf Combo — FREE!

  1. Amir Khan (verified owner)

    This is an amazing project. Congratulations to Tommy on making this. The instructions are very easy with clear pictures and colours. It’s a practical thing to have in every workshop or in the kitchen also the addition of a shelf with the Edge on the top of towel holder is a great idea.

    • Tommy Rich

      Amir, thank you for that wonderful review!

  2. Xavier Acevedo (verified owner)

    Great project. Clear instructions with great pictures.

  3. craigneave (verified owner)

    Another easy to follow plan, great work Tommy.

  4. Ronald (verified owner)

    Had a similar design in my head. Your plans helped to bring that to life. Thank you.

    • Tommy Rich (verified owner)

      Thank you for taking the time to write a review, Ronald! I’m glad it worked out!

  5. Brad (verified owner)

    Great design. Made mine longer to hold two rolls.

  6. Jim (verified owner)

    Excellent product. Clear concise plans and instructions. Looking forward to trying ew products from this excellent source.

    • Tommy Rich (verified owner)

      Jim, thank you so much for trying it out, and for taking the time to write a review!

  7. Scott Matsushige (verified owner)

    Hi Tommy, thank you for the great idea and instructions. Like you I was looking for a holder, but one which held two rolls. One paper towel and one shop towel. I took your plans and customized it for my use. Everything is great. Very happy with the finished product. Thanks again. Take care and stay safe.

    • Tommy Rich (verified owner)

      Scott, thanks for taking the time to write a review and share your experience!

  8. Anthony (verified owner)

    Great project and very well thought out. I’m all about utilizing space efficiently and it looks great on my tool board. Not disappointed at all. Thank you Tommy

  9. Richard Malone (verified owner)

    Thanks Tommy: such a great idea and a very nice addition to my shop. Easy to follow the plans.

    • Tommy Rich (verified owner)

      Richard, I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to write a review!

  10. Richard E Moore

    Video was really good, use of forstner bit and later router was clever and I’ll use that. Came to the website to DL the free plan, but the site requires all my info (and CC info?) to transact a free DL. Too much for a couple of dimensions that I can figure out, so I’ll skip the plans. 🙁

    • Tommy Rich (verified owner)

      Richard, thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the video! No credit card is required, and really, all the website needs is a valid email address where it can send the plan. That said, I’ve sent a copy of the plan to the email address you provided while leaving this comment. I hope this helps!

  11. Richard E Haston (verified owner)

    I enjoyed making this project! It took me back to Jr.High School shop class. I could always draw the project but failed terribly at building it!😂. Well Mr. Carpenter, I finally built the towel rack! I was so bad that he gave me a “C” for just keeping the shop floor swept!! Thank you Tommy for helping me take this trip down memory lane!!

    • Tommy Rich (verified owner)

      Richard, thanks for the hilarious review – that’ll show Mr. Carpenter! 😂

  12. John Baker (verified owner)

    I used this project to stimulate my interest in woodworking. Hadn’t done anything for some years. So now have the holder installed in my workshop/garage. Not exactly as the plan due to my error. But with a small change to spec it all worked out well. Excellent drawings and instructions. Thanks Tommy.

    • Tommy Rich (verified owner)

      John, thanks for taking the time to write a review! I’m glad this project has helped to get you back into woodworking!

  13. Jack Raun (verified owner)

    Thanks Tommy. Having so much fun I can’t stop making them. Started my fifth one today. Using different woods in them.I even bought a new router and table. Yikes!

  14. Greg Berger (verified owner)

    Liked this design so much I built 2 of them. One for my garage and one for my basement workshop. The design fits a paper towel or shop towel roll perfectly. I love the usefulness of the top shelf. You can never have enough shelving in a shop. Tommy’s plan is right on the money. Speaking of money, thank you Tommy for providing the free plans. I look forward to building some of your other projects.

  15. Dr John Morrissey (verified owner)

    Very nice little project. Worked out well to replace a fail towel holder. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Eric Lee (verified owner)

    I have been looking for a nice looking to towel holder to add to my French cleat wall. Thanks for offering the plans! Excellent design and a very efficient use of the space!

  17. Paul Bryant (verified owner)

    Great little addition to my cleat wall…straight forward and simple to make!

  18. Dylan P. (verified owner)

    Plans worked out great for me and I built one for my backyard sink area. I opted to modify the plans slightly by not doing the routered section for the towel rod and instead drilling through holes (well, I did try routering, but I wasn’t having much luck with the wrong bits and just a handheld router with a temporary fence). I used some leftover metal rod from a previous project and epoxied in some nuts so I could add some knobs on the end. Also mounted via french cleat on the wall.

    Overall, turned out great, and we added a couple plants on top to decorate. Thanks for the plans!

  19. Jeremy (verified owner)

    Was a great little project for my 10yr old son and I. It has become an awesome addition to my garage!

  20. Jack (verified owner)

    Great afternoon project. Nicely thought out, and easy to put together. Thanks!

  21. MikeP (verified owner)

    Very helpful. Nice quick and easy project ( even if you don’t have a router). Plans were good.

  22. Nishant (verified owner)

    Great well written plans. If you need a towel holder, go for it.

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