I came across a 2″ X 6″ board awhile back and was just sitting in my shed for the longest. After doing some research on various projects I finally figured out what to make. It was the perfect piece for a bath caddy.
So after taking some measurements across the top of the tub, I cut the (straightest) piece down to size. Since I don’t have a jointer or planer I had to use the flatest side possible.
Now that I have my piece cut, it’s also time to decide on what will be going on this caddy. Based on the (overall) size I’m able to fit the following items:
- Wine (bottle)
- Wine (glass)
To start with the cut-outs for the wine bottle and glass I I figured I used my hole cutter and drill a cut-out through the wood. Then underneath it patch the wood with a small piece of wood such as a pallet slat. Unfortunately, I ran into an issue with the hole cutter and ended up using the trim router.
I was able to use the hole cutter as a template to match the bottle and glass, then use the router to cut into the wood roughly 1/8″ deep. To help expedite the process I used a 3/4″ bit on the router.
Now that the cut-outs for the bottle and glass are done it’s time to work on the cut-out for the Ipad. Although NOT shown, I drew a line slightly longer than the width of the Ipad and continued using my router to make the cut-out.
Since the Ipad is so narrow, I started small with a 1/4″ bit. Once complete I went over the cut-out with a 1/2″ bit to make a perfect fit.
For the last and final cut-out for the candle I used the same process as earlier with the bottle and glass. Since I’m not sure exactly of what size candle would be used I went ahead and made a rather large cut-out since I have various sizes of candles.
Here I’ve gone ahead and sanded down the caddy. Since this was a piece of wood I just came across and that it had a ton of rough edges, I started with an 80 grit sandpaper, moved up to 150, and finished with a 240 grit for a smooth finish.
Since I already knew I was going to stain it, I brought out the Minwax Pre-stain first. Apply an even coat to the top and all 4 sides. Then of course wipe off any excess with a rag and let it sit for roughly 10 min.
One of my TOP picks for stain is the Minxwax English Chestnut #233. Much like the pre-stain, I applied an even coat to the top and all 4 sides with a foam brush. Then I used a rag to wipe off all the excess.
The last and final step is the clear coat. I used 2 coats of the Minwax Polyurethane clear coat, sanding in between with a 400 grit sandpaper for that super smooth finish. After 24 hrs. this project is good to go.
How does a glass of wine and some Netflix sound while taking a bath?
Please feel free to comment as I’m open to any/all suggestions.