As avid bath takers, we quickly discovered that we needed two DIY solutions to improve our baths. First, a tub caddy capable of providing a simple surface upon which we could place drinks, valuables, and some decorations to enjoy while we soak. Second, a back support that covers the water spout for when there are two in the tub. The first person has the normal position in the tub, but the second person always gets the annoying spout right in the middle of their back - unacceptable!
I haven't gotten around to making the second project just yet, but here's the first...hope it inspires better bathing.
Step 1: Joint an Edge
This bathtub caddy is made from from walnut. Get some 4/4 walnut boards and start by jointing the straighter/truer narrow edge.
My jointer is a little under-powered, so we had to make sure to advance slowly and remove only small amounts of material with each pass.
Step 2: Trim on Table Saw
Place the jointed edge against the table saw fence and rip the board to width creating two parallel sides. We cut our board down to around 5 or 6" wide.
Step 3: Plane Two Faces
This board was a little too wide for my old jointer to joint a face before planning, so we just went straight to the planer and planed both faces. It was planed at the mill and really wasn't in too bad a shape. Run it through, flip, and repeat. Comes out good enough for this casual project.
Step 4: Trim to Length
Trim the boards to length on the chop saw. We cut the long board down into two shorter sections that are going to be biscuit joined together to make the caddy wider then the original board.
The length of the tub caddy depends on your bathtub and should be sized to fit it precisely. Measure the tub and add a few extra inches if you want it to overhang the outer lip.
Step 5: Cut Biscuit Slots
To join the two boards together we used a biscuit joiner. The biscuit joiner cuts slots in the side of the wood for glue and the wooden biscuits which hold the boards together permanently and precisely in place.