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Armchair & Bathtub Cup Tray

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I'd like to read a book or a magazine, while enjoying a good coffee, longdrink or single malt whisky.
Keeping those drinks within reach but also safe from spilling, I designed this Armchair Cup Tray.
Then I saw this Pin and I designed the Cup Tray to also fit across my bath.
 
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Step 1: Concept, Parts & Tools

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Concept

Most of my furniture is made from Oak, but for some time, I wanted to make something with Wenge. Mixing the two woods into one design creates a nice color contrast.

Parts - Materials

Bottom :
* 6mm or 8mm Triplex or similar Plywood : 190mm * 782mm
* 0.15 m2 of Wenge floorboards

Sides :
* two pieces of 190 mm * 35 mm * 9mm Oak
* two pieces of 800 mm * 70 mm * 9mm Oak

Tip : if the parts are not cut accurately, just have them a bit larger. We will trim them down to exact measures using the router, yielding very smooth cuts.

Wood glue and Wood oil

Tools
* Ruler
* Saw (jigsaw and optionally crosscut)
* Clamps
* Sander (Belt-sander and/or Orbital sander)
spylock5 months ago
If I had something like that in my tub,my skin would be shriveled,I had to start taking showers cause the bath toys are so much cooler than when I was a kid.
mere05275 months ago
While I do think your sofa tray is beautiful in many ways, I was disappointed to read that wenge wood comes from an endangered species of tree and from a war-torn, conflict riddle country too no less. I'm sure there are many other more sustainable kinds of woods out there that would be just as beautiful or at the very least a stain that could mimic the wenge wood adequately so that an endangered species did not have to be harvested.
strooom (author)  mere05275 months ago
Using wood in a sustainable way is a key matter to me. Unfortunately many of the special woods are tropical woods, and come from countries with the problems you mention. Nevertheless I think that simply not using those woods is hardly a solution. Using that wood in a design or product that lasts a lifetime, expresses how much I value its exceptional qualities, and I hope this inspires others to treat those kinds of wood with the same respect.
madenairy6 months ago
the balvenie? - good taste!
grannyjones6 months ago
Great idea! Too late for us, that is the dog's spot.
TABULLO6 months ago
Yeah but can it hold my toaster?
gnach6 months ago
Love the wenge, hate the splinters.
Spokehedz6 months ago
This instructable is PURE class.
Eromanga6 months ago
Excellent design. I'm making one of these. Thanks for the idea.
Sveg6 months ago
Great instructable, I'll need to make two, one for each arm of the sofa. Never heard of wenge before I hope you used a mask while sanding since the link you posted said it's quite a bit of an irritant
marshalaw6 months ago
I've wanted to take up woodworking and this looks like a perfect first project. It's beautiful and so practical for my 2-hour baths. Thanks!
gcanders6 months ago
Adding this to the list of things I plan to do this winter vacations. Beautiful place for a bottle of Scotch! And you have it neat -- the only way to drink it. Kudos.
kenbob6 months ago
Looks great. Thanks for sharing!
Wonderful job! It looks beautiful and you have a great couch and tube to show it off with!
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