Intro: 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)
-8 wood screws
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!