Timber dowel, three ways

From curtain rails to broom handles, dowel rods are surely one of the handiest everyday building materials for a crafty D.I.Yer. Available in varying thicknesses and types of timber (primarily pine and Tasmanian oak), dowel is worthy of a starring role in your next project. We’ve used it here to create a striking ladder for towels or discarded clothes, a useful hat rack in the hallway and a sweet little planter, perfect for herbs.

Idea 1: Towel ladder

Create a centrepiece to truly call your own with our step-by-step guide on how to build a towel ladder. Using dowel rods as the feature, you’ll have a place to neatly hang your towels in no time. 

A towel ladder made out of timber dowel

Idea 2: Hat rack

Need a place to rest your hats, coats or bags? Follow our step-by-step guide on how to build your own hat rack using dowel rods.

A hat rack made out of timber dowel

Idea 3: Herb planter

Build your own herb planter using timber dowel. Bring lush, natural textures into your kitchen to not only spruce up your design but, also provide a neat place to store your fresh herbs. 

A herb planter made out of timber dowel

Want more D.I.Y. inspiration?

If you like these simply D.I.Y. ideas and want to see more, check out our D.I.Y. Advice page then head in-store to pick up everything you need to complete your next project. 

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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