In a recent post, I told you about some of my favorite bathroom accessories. As I was writing, I decided that it would be fun to make my own bathtub caddy using leftover wood from some previous projects. You can customize this caddy to fit your bathtub and this is an extremely simple project for the novice do-it-yourselfer; you’re essentially making a tray with a ledge.
Materials you will need:
• Board of wood leftover from a recent home improvement or bathroom remodeling project. Depending on the width that you want for your caddy, you can start with anything from a 4 to 8 inch wide board. You’ll want to make sure the boards are true, or straight. (I’m using oak since we had some planed from the trees we had to take down in our backyard. You could also use walnut, teak or even recycle an old wooden shelf that you are no longer using.)
• Quarter round molding, of the same type of wood as the main board. (You can make your own molding if you are an experienced carpenter but I won’t go into detail on that step here, for simplicity’s sake.)
1) Measure the width of your bathtub from outer edge to wall. Cut the board to that length, adding a few inches if you prefer to have your caddy overhanging the outer edge a bit. This is the base of your caddy.
2) Place the length of molding on top of the base and measure out the exact length for each side, marking it the molding with a pencil. Use a miter saw or miter box to cut the molding at 45-degree angles so you will have perfect corners.
3) Mitered corners can be a bit finicky so once the pieces are cut, place your molding on top of the base to make sure they fit together. Assuming all is well, apply wood glue to the bottom of the molding and place it on the base, being sure that all of the corners line up. You can use a few brad nails in addition to the glue to be sure the molding doesn’t go anywhere.
4) If you want a special spot on the caddy to hold a candle or wine glass, you can use two short pieces of quarter round with a single mitered end and place them in the corner of the caddy, affixing them the same way as the exterior molding. Alternatively, if you know your way around a router, you could router a shallow circle just the size of the base of your wine glasses.
5) Since you don’t want your caddy to slip off and have everything fall into the bath with you, you will want to add three little “legs” or cleats to hold it in place. Measure from the wall to the interior of the tub (this is just a few inches); then measure from inside to inside for the interior width of the tub and finally, measure the exterior tub wall. Mark the measurements onto the underside of your caddy and glue 3-inch cleats onto the bottom of the main board.
6) Sand everything starting with 120 grit then with 220 grit sandpaper. You can do this by hand or with a random orbital sander. Either way, you’ll need to get into some of the smaller areas by hand.
7) To protect the wood, give it a couple of coats with a water based varnish. Let it dry and enjoy bath time with your DIY recycled wood bathtub caddy.
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