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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.
 
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Step 1: Joint an Edge

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
jvick1255 months ago
Thanks for the instructable! I showed my fiancé and was told I'd be on the couch if she didn't have one. Made one today with a couple modifications. Made the two cleats be trough tenons just to add a bit of character.
Nozebra1 year ago
Very pretty! I want one too!!
mary.parry1 year ago
Beautiful. I will bookmark this page as a hint to my husband
Bill WW1 year ago
I like it. But have to ask a nerdy question: do you like having a jointer? I just true the board edges on my table saw.
noahw (author)  Bill WW1 year ago
That's not a nerdy question :)

The theory my dad taught me is, the table saw cuts a parallel line to an already straight line that you put against the fence. How do you true the first edge that rides against your table saw fence? That's primarily what the jointer is for.

Similarly, the planer cuts a parallel line to an already straight face that's riding on the bottom of the planer bed. How do you true the first face that rides against the planer bottom? That's also what the jointer is for.

Lumber sometimes comes with 1 edge or 1 face already jointed, but sometimes it's just completely raw, and when it's like that, you need the jointer.

To be more specific to my current situation, I do like having a jointer, but not the underpowered used jointer that I currently have. I'd say it's necessary to get at least an 8" jointer (many of them are 6"), and surely one that has a strong motor and runs on 220V.
Bill WW noahw1 year ago
Thanks much for the good info.
Main issue is that I'm maxed out on available space in my corner of garage shop.

125 Instructables, wow! I like your scrap wood cutting board, may do something like that also.
Dear Noahw,

That's excellent.
It's exactly what I use for my four hour baths with books and food and tea, ( well mine is just an old shelf.)

It's good to find out that I'm not alone.

Kind Regards 

FOH

noahw (author)  FriendOfHumanity1 year ago
Thanks FOH! Your wooden bicycle grips are awesome, I am an admirer of your work.
Mrballeng1 year ago
This is really good stuff here. Any particular reason you chose walnut? I was thinking there may be an advantage as opposed to maple, oak, or teak.
noahw (author)  Mrballeng1 year ago
No particular woodworking reason. Just like the warmth and ease of walnut. Teak would be ideal due to it's water resistant natural properties but was too expensive for this application.
gosphero1 year ago
Good thing I'm waterproof so I can use something like this. Love it!
nyx7021 year ago
Ooo... What a racy Instructables! I can't wait to see the next part.
A friend and I were talking about one of these last night :-) She wants one for her big jaccuzzi tub
noahw (author)  Marcaine Art1 year ago
Ooo...that'd be awesome. All sorts of fun things come to mind, place to play board games, books for stargazing for night soaks, full bar perhaps, chilled lemon water, aromatherapy, meditation gong, the list goes on... Do it!
Nice! Love the separate area for the candle!
vicvelcro1 year ago
I absolutely have to have one. Thanks to you, I have a project for the new year.
poofrabbit1 year ago
Fantastic!! I would love to lounge in a tub where I could do things like journal!!