Are you looking to add some beautiful functionality to your bathroom? This DIY Wooden Bath Tray (with Phone Holder) is the perfect addition! It turns a plain bath tub into the perfect place to relax and unwind. I’m Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs, and I am excited to share this DIY Wooden Bath Tray with you today. The best part about this tray is the added mount to secure your phone (so you can browse the web or watch a video while you’re relaxing.) Keep reading for all the details on how to make this bath tray yourself!
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- One board at least 48″ long. (I used brazilian cherry)
- Orbital sander
- 1 ½” Forstner Bit
- Drill bit (sized for hardware screws)
- Pocket Hole Jig
- Pocket Hole Screws
- Wood Glue
- Speed Square
- Two Drawer Pull Handles
- Cell Phone Tripod Adapter
- 1″ wood screw
1. Prep the wood
The first step in this project is to cut your wood pieces. This diagram shows the measurements for my bath tub tray, but you will need to measure your tub and adjust the measurements accordingly.
Next, sand your wood pieces. If your wood is fairly smooth you can use a 180 grit then 220 grit. For rougher wood, use a coarser grit sandpaper first.
Use a forstner bit to drill shallow holes the size of tea light holders. The candles will sit into the groove making them less likely to slide off the tray.
Use a ruler to mark where you will place the handles.
Use a drill bit the size of your drawer pull screws and drill your holes as marked.
Next, take your two small pieces and drill pocket holes into one side. This is a quick and easy way to attach the bottom pieces of your tray. If you don’t have a pocket hole jig you could use other methods of joinery.
Attach the bottom boards to the bottom of your tray with wood glue and pocket screws. Be sure you size these to fit just inside each side of your tub. This will prevent the tray from sliding anywhere.
3. Finish with polyurethane
Finally, finish the entire DIY bath tray with polyurethane. You may want to use a poly that is made for exterior environments because you need a strong water-resistant finish. I applied three coats, letting each dry completely and sanding lightly with 220 grit sandpaper in between each layer. This gives you a beautiful smooth finish.
4. Add Handles and Phone Holder
Use your drill to attach the handles.
Attach the cell phone tripod adapter to the center of the tray with one screw.
Completed DIY Bath Tub Tray
Your project is finished! Add a washcloth, flower, candles, bath bombs and a glass of wine! They tray turned out so beautiful you’ll want to take a relaxing bath immediately.
Be forewarned your bath times may extend longer than normal.
This DIY Wooden Bathtub tray was easy to make! You should build one for yourself immediately.
Bonus: Your phone holder can turn so you can view things vertically or horizontally! Netflix binge watching? Bring it on.
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