Bath Caddy From Recycled Wood





Introduction: Bath Caddy From Recycled Wood

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

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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).

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

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

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!

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

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 :)

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

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.

Awsom work. Well Done.