Who doesn’t love a good soak in the tub? And with a nice candle, a glass of wine or beer, and of course a good show to catch up on, the bathtub can be the ultimate place of relaxation.
Dan of ActiviDIY likes to do exactly that, so he built his own rustic bathtub caddy tray. There’s a compartment for everything from his iPad, to his glass, to a candle! And the raised edges mean that any extra items won’t slip into the water!
The very first thing to do is measure your bathtub. Dan’s tub measured at 30” so he cut his 1x12x4” pine board just a little bit over 30” for balance.
Then he took the leftover wood from that board to make a 6x10” tablet stand. Dan used a miter saw bevel set to 20 degrees to make a dado slot. It’s the perfect angle for the bathtub!
To make the candle and cup holders, Dan took a 1”x2”x4’ piece of pine wood and split it in half, lengthwise. From one half, he cut four 5” pieces and four 3.5” pieces. This will create two identical squares for the candle and cup.
Assemble the two squares with wood glue and a nail gun. Sand all of the pieces of the caddy before nailing them down to the base board.
Dan cut two edging pieces from his remaining two 1”x2”x4’ pieces of wood. He cut two 11.25” pieces and two 31.5” pieces.
Glue and nail the shorter edging pieces first and then the 31.5” pieces. Glue and nail the candle and cup holders, then the tablet stand. Clamps are your friend and will give you a seamless finish!
Fill the nail holes with wood filler and lightly sand with 220-grit sandpaper. Apply stain and polyurethane.
Now after all that hard work, it’s time to enjoy a nice long soak in the bath! For more, click here.