Make a splash with this DIY nautical towel rack

Published: March 6, 2018 · Updated: February 6, 2019

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Nothing screams cottage like a nautical-themed towel rack. Here’s how to make yours!

1. Begin by folding a bath towel in half and measuring its size.

2. Cut your 1×6 pine boards 1 1/2 times larger than the towel size. Repeat this for as many shelves as you’d like your towel rack to have. We decided to bevel the edges of these boards at a 45-degree angle to give them some depth.

3. Lay both your shelves and towels out to determine the spacing and size of your back frame, which is a 2×6 board.

4. Using a router or circular saw, set your blade depth to 1/2 inch and cut groves where your shelves will sit — this will give them more support.

5. Sand and stain all your pieces before glueing and screwing them together using 1 3/4 inch screws. Don’t forget to pre-drill your holes to prevent the shelves from splitting.

6. Finally, use a glue gun to adhere your dock cleats to the shelves. This will be much cleaner than using nuts and bolts.

Don’t forget to find a wall stud when hanging your nautical towel rack, or use the appropriate weight anchors.