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How to build a wooden bath shelf

Keep your book dry and your wine handy while you’re having a relaxing bath with this easy bath shelf. A simple project you can make in an afternoon. Just follow these basic steps.

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Step 1: Measure Your Bath

Measure the width of your bath from outside edge to outside edge (width #1), then also measure it from inside edge to inside edge (width #2).

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Step 2: Cut Your Timber

Cut four pine planks to a length that will span the width of the bath from outside edge to outside edge.

Cut two 200mm pine lengths to use as underneath supports.

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Step 3: Sand

often the edges off all the external edges. Concentrate on the edges you might just bump your knee into (especially on the underside).

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Step 4: Drill & Screw

Lay the four planks together and mark them up with the width of the inside edge of the bath (width #2). Place the underneath supports inside width #2 mark up using clamps if necessary. This is done so that the supports will fit inside the bath.

To ensure the timber doesn’t split, pre-drill all the screw holes. Then using 30 mm galvanised screws, screw the structure together.

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Step 5: Stain or Varnish

Use a stain or varnish to give the shelf the look that matches your bathroom. Remember, this will also be the waterproof barrier to protect the timber so you can afford to be generous.

If you’re not sure about colour matching, you can always use an offcut piece of timber to paint some colour test strips, one with one coat, one with two coats and a third with three coats for a rich darker colour.

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