How to make a wooden bath caddy

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What’s better than a good, old relaxing soak in the tub? Literally nothing! Here’s how you can enhance the experience by creating your very own D.I.Y. bath caddy.

Tools and materials

Clamps                                                            Pencil

Combination square                                   Pine timber for caddy top and stoppers

Drill bit set                                                    Pliers

Drill with Philips head bit                           Rags

Dust mask                                                       Sanding block

Ear protection                                                 Sandpaper – 240-grit and 120-grit

Eye protection                                                Selleys Hold Up

Hand saw                                                       Tape measure

Paint brush                                                     Tin opener

Paint stirrer                                                     Varnish

Pair of handles with screws

How to make a wooden bath caddy

1. Measure Up

Before you begin, measure the width of your bathtub – it’s best if you also measure the lip of your bath too, so you know where to place your stoppers. Once you’ve done this, measure the length of your caddy on your designated piece of wood. Grab a square and draw a line across so it’s nice and straight – this is where you’re going to cut. 

How to make a wooden bath caddy

2. Cut your timber

Grab your timber and secure it to a cutting bench with clamps, then cut along your lined edges with a handsaw – remember to wear your protective gear for this bit. Once you’ve got your offcuts, grab them and sand back with your 120-grit sandpaper and a sanding block – these will be your stoppers.

How to make a wooden bath caddy

3. Attach stoppers

Once all your timber pieces are nice and smooth you’re ready to fit your stoppers (the offcut pieces you set aside and sanded). These are what will hold your caddy to the bath. Use the measurements of the bath lip you took earlier as a guide. Mark up where you need these to go, then use Selley’s Hold Up Adhesive to glue them to the timber. Squeeze two lines of the adhesive to the underside of your blocks, then simply stick down to the bath caddy – it’s that easy! Do this on both ends, and press down and hold for a few seconds to securely adhere them to the timber.

How to make a wooden bath caddy

4. Give your bath caddy a light sand

Before you apply your varnish, give your caddy an all-over light sand with your 120-grit sandpaper. Once you’ve done this, wipe off any excess dust with a microfibre cloth.

How to make a wooden bath caddy

5. You’re ready to varnish!

Once your caddy is nice and smooth you’re ready to apply your varnish – we used Cabot’s Cabothane Clear. Simply remove the lid with an opener and give it a good stir. Don’t worry if it looks a little milky – it will dry to a nice, clear finish. Apply two coats, allowing about two hours for each coat to dry, sanding between each coat. To really allow the varnish to cure, leave it for around 7-10 days before using your bath caddy.

How to make a wooden bath caddy

6. Attach your handles

Once your bath caddy is dry, you’re ready to attach your handles. We have a number of different varieties in-store, so pick the style that best suits your bathroom décor. Measure out where you would like your handles to go – it’s a good idea to line them up over the top of your stoppers. Mark with a pencil where you’d like your screws to go, then pre-drill holes for your screws – use a drill bit that is slightly larger than the screws you’re using so they can easily slide through. Attach your handles and tighten.

How to make a wooden bath caddy

7. Soak it up!

Check you out – you’re done! And it couldn’t have been simpler. Now all that’s left is to draw yourself a bath, lie back and bask in your awesomeness.

How to make a wooden bath caddy

Looking for more bathroom inspo?

Check out Mooch Styles’ bathroom makeover and more simple how-to’s from Make It Yours season one, bathroom episode.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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