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    Paper Towel Holders....

    My wife has taken to buying paper towels now at Costco, full sized Kirkland brand paper towels, just like you all have over there. They are NOT common here in Japan.

    She now needs/wants a paper towel holder, one that the paper towel roll stands on end, and there is a stick that you pull the towel against to rip the towel off.


    Like this.

    Does anyone have any comments or advice on this?

    It looks to me like the base should be a bit bigger than the paper towel roll, and the tear-off stick should only be about half as tall as the roll, and located in a spot that is just outside the size of the largest diameter of a new roll.

    How does that sound?

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    Hey Stu, we didn't care much for the tear off stick. It worked ok for the first half of the roll or so, but after that it had a tendency to tear into the middle of a sheet as you tore it off. And we too played with the base size, but never reached a happy medium between steadiness & aesthetics. We settled on this, hung on the wall. Just my 2¢.
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    Just a thought. I agree that the base should probably be a bit larger as I can envision it tipping when tearing off a sheet, requiring holding the top of the roll to prevent that. Alternatively, I could envision a "handle" that is the same thickness as the base, but projects outward (like a peninsular) say ~4" to provide a means of holding onto the holder while tearing off the sheet. Also, instead of a dowel-like stick, perhaps a diamond shape stick to facilitate the tearing. The edge of the diamond could have a small radius to it, and because of its diamond shape could serve to tear off a sheet from either direction in case the roll was put on from the opposite end. Just my .02. Regardless, I like the project.
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    We have a metal version of this. We just hold the top of the spindle and put light pressure on the roll to tear a sheet off. Simple and very, very convenient. I'll have to put a wooden one on my list.
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    Weight the base to keep the size down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Weight the base to keep the size down.
    Or a screw through the counter and a earth magnet under the towel holder!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    Or a screw through the counter and a earth magnet under the towel holder!
    The really convenient thing about this style of paper towel holder is its small footprint, and the fact you can have it right next to where you are preparing food, wherever in the kitchen that may be.
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    I made one on special order for a friend last year. Sorry I didn't take pics (or just can't find them). She was fed up with the holder moving every time she grabbed a towel. I made one that fit between her counter and the cabinets, spring loaded like a toilet paper roll holder. Turned a conventional base in Bloodwood, larger than the largest roll and put an ebony spindle just outside the largest roll diameter as a tear post. Made the post in the middle out of Cocobolo and inserted a spring that forced the top against the cabinet base. She said it worked like a charm and is still going strong. Just another consideration if you have low hanging cabinets over your counter. If you have a smoke wrench, I'd also consider cutting a base out of some heavy steel plate scrap and bolting a wooden post to that...it sure wouldn't move much...or even scrounge a weight lifting plate.

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    Or you could put suction cup feet on it, as my son suggested to me when I mentioned this thread. I really think you guys are overthinking this. As a home cook, I have no problem with the simple roll holder I am using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Tulk View Post
    Or you could put suction cup feet on it, as my son suggested to me when I mentioned this thread. I really think you guys are overthinking this. As a home cook, I have no problem with the simple roll holder I am using.
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