Introduction: Bath Caddy From Recycled Wood

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This is just a quick little Instructable on a bath caddy I made for my wife's birthday. I was a bit rushed to finish it in time, so I apologize for the lack of photos for some steps. If you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to help!

What you'll need:

-Wood (The size of your bath caddy will dictate the amount of wood you need)


-Tape measure




-8 wood screws

-Wood stain

-Paint brush

Let's get started!

Step 1: Gather Supplies and Measure

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Before you do anything, It's a good idea to measure the width of your bathtub to determine how long your boards need to be. You don't want your bath caddy falling in the tub!

For wood, I chose to reuse some old cedar deck boards. The wood looks nice, has curved edges and is also water resistant. All of which make these deck boards a good choice for something that will potentially get wet.

Step 2: Make Your Cuts

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Now that you've got your board lengths measured, it's time to cut them. I used a mitre saw, but you can use a hand saw or whatever you've got on hand.

Step 3: Stain

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It's a good idea to sand your boards down before you stain them, especially if they're old ones that are a bit weathered. I used a power sander with some 180 grit sandpaper and gave all of the wood a good once over.

Now, choose a stain that suits your taste and brush on as many coats as you'd like. I would recommend at least two coats. I ended up doing four as my wife wanted it a bit darker.

Step 4: Mark, Drill and Screw on Your Braces

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I made my two braces slightly shorter than the width of the two boards just so they would be less visible. I measured 4.5 inches from the outside of the boards on both sides and secured the braces. This distance was to ensure that they would clear the sides of the bathtub.

Just mark your holes with an awl and drill them (not all the way through the boards) from the underside. Then secure the braces with 4 screws each, two in each board on each end.

Step 5: All Done!

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That's it! Super easy and basically free to make if you have some scrap wood around! Again, I apologize for the lack of photos as I was trying to get this finished as quickly as possible for my wife's birthday.

If you have any questions, please feel free to post a comment or send me a private message.

Hope you enjoyed this quick little Instructable!


TaneshaJ made it! (author)2017-03-06

I went to Home Depot just before closing and picked up some wood the were going to throw away.. I know the long piece is plywood. Once I made all of my cuts I sanded everything down varnished it and put a couple coats of Spar Varnish on it.. My only mistake was not measuring the actual tub lol.. It's a bit too long..

Good luck on your project.

LordBezoar made it! (author)2017-02-13

Not having found some appropriate wood to recycle,I ended up buying a treated deck plank to make this gift for my mother-in-law for Valentine's day. In retrospect, I probably would have done this with four smaller planks or with an untreated wood, as it is fairly heavy. This has the stain applied, but waiting for a coat of poly.

ctx1985 (author)LordBezoar2017-02-13

Looks great! I really like the choice of stain as well. It's a great gift and relatively simple as well. The one advantage to yours being a bit on the heavy side is that the extra weight may actually add a bit of stability when it is resting on the tub.

LordBezoar made it! (author)ctx19852017-02-13

The only other changes to yours were that I chopped the corners off, chamfered the outside edges on the router table, and beveled the connecting pieces (Photo of that here from pre-sanding/staining)

ctx1985 (author)LordBezoar2017-02-13

That looks great! Gives it a nice, more finished look. Send a pic when it's all done with the clear coat as well! Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

GenerallyOdd (author)2014-11-17

Super cool! I like it as the water could just run off between the boards.

So, does the brace spacing butt up against the tub to keep it from
sliding or getting knocked off the skinny ledge on the wall side?

I just put an ugly old flange on a piece of plywood. Didn't have to be
pretty as I use mine for "wet work" in the bathtub, since I have no sink
in the basement and my kitchen is carpeted (dumbest thing I ever did).

ctx1985 (author)GenerallyOdd2014-11-17

Thanks so much! Yeah that's exactly right. I specifically spaced the braces so they keep it from accidentally getting knocked into the tub.

Damutsch made it! (author)2014-11-09

Very good idea! I used some floor panels that I had left over :)

ctx1985 (author)Damutsch2014-11-09

Looks great! Floor panels are a great option for these!

peppypickle (author)2014-11-04

fantastic project, and perfect for the holiday season to make for someone else! Thanks for sharing!

ctx1985 (author)peppypickle2014-11-04

Thanks! Yeah it's a nice project to make for a gift...I'm making a few more for friends and family for Christmas actually!

generalbipbip (author)2014-10-21

I need this. Well I know what I am going to di this weekend!

ctx1985 (author)generalbipbip2014-10-21

Haha It's a fun little project and only takes a couple of hours (minus waiting for the stain to dry). Thanks for the comment :)

Hannah Joy (author)2014-10-20

This is beautiful! It makes me feel all warm and cosy just looking at it. Well done!

ctx1985 (author)Hannah Joy2014-10-20

Thank you very much! My wife loves having somewhere to put her cup of tea and a candle while she reads her book in the bath.

satrap (author)2014-10-18

Awsom work. Well Done.

ctx1985 (author)satrap2014-10-18


mpulliam1 (author)2014-10-16

Wife just walked by headed to the tub as I was going over your Instructable... "Wow, if you made me something like that, and bought me another Kobo, I would be a happy girl Christmas Morning."

Hint taken.

Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for your time.

ctx1985 (author)mpulliam12014-10-17

No problem! Hope she likes it! It's a nice (and free) thing to make as a gift, as long as you have some wood. Even if you don't, you can buy a single 8' cedar deck board for about $10 CAD, so still not too bad.

mpulliam1 (author)ctx19852014-10-17

I work utility, and I am on construction sites 90% of my day - I frequently pillage the scrap heaps for fence repair or wood projects, wickedly cheap idea, sir!

I shared your link and mentioned how this would be a good Christmas idea and it ran away. From women saying "NEED!" To guys saying "oh hey, I could do this!".... How does it feel knowing that your inspiration is in a lot of my friends bath-tubs? haha :)

ctx1985 (author)mpulliam12014-10-17

Haha that's awesome! I think yours is the best comment anyone has ever posted on one of my Instructables hahaha.

American Ruin (author)2014-10-15

My wife loves a soak, and she's really going to love this!

ctx1985 (author)American Ruin2014-10-15

Yeah they're super easy to make and great as a gift too! Hope she likes it :)

jestter (author)2014-10-14

Looks awesome!

ctx1985 (author)jestter2014-10-15

Thanks! :)

NathanSellers (author)2014-10-14

great idea. I'm sure your wife loves it.

ctx1985 (author)NathanSellers2014-10-15

Thank you very much!

HollyMann (author)2014-10-14

Wow! What a nice gift you made your wife. I love it! Beautiful.

ctx1985 (author)HollyMann2014-10-14

Thanks so much!

brn1986 (author)2014-10-14

Best birthday present from the best husband ever! :)

ctx1985 (author)brn19862014-10-14

Thanks honey! Glad you like it :)

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