Rub-a-dub-dub, too many drinks in the tub! You know… we work hard, life is stressful and sometimes you just want a bubble bath with a candle, a glass of wine and a good book. Well, I actually relax with a beer and working in the wood shop, but I guess we’re all different! Regardless, if you want to learn how to build a wooden rustic bathtub caddy tray, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s see how to do this!
DIY – Rustic Bathtub Caddy Tray Woodworking Plans
Tools Needed for this Project:
Did you do our rustic farmhouse serving tray DIY? If so, this shopping list is almost identical. Heck, you might have purchased extra from prior builds and have leftover material to make this. If not, you’ll need:
Other goodies you can pull from around your shop (if you don’t have them already) are:
Step One – How Big is Your Bathtub?
Well… have to say that’s a weird question! But… it’s an important one for this project, as the total length of your bathtub will vary. As we’re still waiting to go “viral” over here, the bathtub we used for this project is only 30″ long; no king suites over here… yet. Once you have the total length, cut your 1″ x 12″ x 4″ wooden board at the total tub length (consider a little extra for balance).
Step Two – An iPad Stand on your Bathtub Caddy Tray
Let’s be honest, the days of reading a book on actual paper is trailing off in the sunset. Instead, now we’re reaching for our iPad, Galaxy or Fire tablets to browse Facebook and shoot green pigs with birds using a slingshot. Weird, right? Well, to accommodate for our tablet in tub, we’re going to need to make a place to put it safely, OUT of the water.
Just like we did in our previous build, we’re going to build a 6″ x 10″ iPad / Tablet stand. Using the scrap wood from your 1″ x 12″ cut above, cut a rectangle at 6″ x 10″. Once cut, set your miter saw bevel to 20-degrees and your depth stop half way down to make the dado slot, just like we did in the wooden iPad stand build.
Step Three – Candle and Wine Glass Holders
Yay! First time in any of our builds that you get to use your table saw. Hopefully you’re comfortable with it, because you’ll be splitting some skinny pieces of wood. Taking one of your 1″ x 2″ x 4′ pieces of wood, split the wood directly down the middle, leaving you with two pieces of 1″ x 0.75″ x 4′.
Protip: Don’t loose your fingers!
Using the photos below for reference, cut four 5″ inch pieces of wood and four 3.5″ pieces of wood from your 1″ x 0.75″ ripped stock. This will allow you to lay out two identical squares, one in each top corner of the caddy tray.
Step Four – Assembly of your Candle and Wine Glass Holders
Taking the four 5″ and four 3.5″ pieces of wood you cut above, assemble two identical squares. This will be easy enough to do with some wood glue and your nail gun. But, DO NOT nail it to the base board yet, as you want to sand first, then add the edging (step five).
Step Five – Edging
Don’t go too quickly… did you read the last sentence above? Sand (at least 60 grit – 220 if you’re feeling adventurous). I know the photos don’t show the sander yet, but you’ll thank me later when you realize you can’t sand it when it’s all together.
In this step, you’ll cut two edging pieces at 11.25″ and two at 31.5″ from your two remaining 1″ x 2″ x 4′ pieces of wood. Once cut, glue and nail the 11.25″ edging pieces first, followed by the 31.5″ wood pieces.
Step Six – All Together Now
Almost done… all together now! Remember, each nail hole you make with your nail gun, you’ll have to fill and sand. For this step, clamps are your best friend, as you’ll be gluing and nailing the square candle and wine glass holders to the edge, as well as the iPad / Tablet holder to the wooden caddy tray base.
Step Seven – Sand, Stain, Poly
Last steps! I hope you read the DIY steps above, because if you haven’t, the sanding part here is going to about as fun as a table saw without power! Fill the nail holes with your wood filler first, followed by light sanding of 220-grit sandpaper. Once the wood filler dries, apply your stain and polyurethane combo, as per the directions. FYI, most products need to wait six hours between coats.
Step Eight – Alllll Donnneeeeeee
And there you have it! Another DIY wood project in the bag! Now crack open a bottle of wine, light a candle, and be prepared to play the most relaxing, SAFE, game of Candy Crush in the bathtub that you’ve ever played, thanks to your new Wooden Rustic Bathtub Caddy Tray! PS. Again, the stud in last two pictures is not included with the project. 🙂
Step Nine – Share, Like, Comment, Purchase
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If you found this DIY project to be too difficult, or don’t have enough time to complete it, feel free to purchase it from our Etsy shop! I mean, we’ll eventually run out of room in our house if we keep everything we make, so it’s win/win!