Hello My Crafty friends! It’s Kayla from Home Coming, here to share another great tutorial. This time I brought along Carpenter/Husband Justin to help out.
I feel like all we ever talk about over on Home Coming is our Master Suite remodel, probably because it’s consumed the last seven months of our lives. But now we’re officially done and can start focusing on other (but still related) things. So today, we’re here to show you this handy-dandy Bathtub Caddy that Justin build for me to enjoy in our brand new master bathroom.
I mean, c’mon! Check out all the bells and whistles this thing has got on it! I think I’m going to need to sign Justin up for a Husband of the Year award after all he builds for us.
Now, this tutorial is a little involved and will best be executed by someone who is pretty handy (read: not me!), so for any of you non-woodworking ladies out there, I have a special little surprise for you. Justin & I will be launching our furniture business, Northern Timber, next month, and this caddy is one of the products we’ll be featuring!! Follow Home Coming (our blog) on Facebook or Instagram for insider scoop and some extra discounts for our fans!!
But for those of you that would like to DIY this pretty thing, here are the instructions!
If you look at the image above, you can see that there are three layers of wood that make up this bathtub caddy. The top layer will have the cutout for the book holder as well as the wine glass holder. The middle layer is a spacer (to allow the proper space for the base of the wine glass to slide in). And the bottom layer is the base of the caddy with grooves to hold the book stand in place.
Since there are these layers, Justin started with two pieces of Alder, each piece measuring a bit larger than 12×40″ (which was just a bit larger than our tub surround).
Starting with the top layer of wood, Justin measured where the cutouts and spacers (or the middle layer) would be.
Based off of those measurements, he was able to determine where to place the spacers for the middle layer so that they would be out of the way. Justin built these spacers as a frame vs. a solid piece of wood to save weight. We didn’t want this caddy being too heavy!
Using a table saw, Justin cut out the rectangle that would be used for the book holder from the top piece of wood.
Then he moved onto the wine glass holder, first cutting a circle using a 1-3/4″ hole saw in his screw gun.
And then cutting out the groove to the edge of the piece of wood using his miter saw.
He then rounded the corners using his jigsaw, and smoothed down all of the edges using his orbital sander.
Next up was figuring out how the book holder would pivot at the bottom, to lift for a book, or lower to put away. Justin decided to use dowels on each side of the book holder’s frame, and inserted these by first drilling a hole using a spade bit on his drill. Then cutting the dowel to slide into the hole, leaving a little nub sticking out. He glued this into place using wood glue on the inside of the hole.
Then he drilled out pivot holes on each side of the book holder’s rectangle, notching the hole to the edge of the rectangle on one side for an easy release.
Here he is testing it out to make sure everything was square. Looking good so far!
Then came the stand and hinging mechanism to prop the book holder up. Justin approached this similarly to how a patio lounge chair works with a stand sliding into a groove. For the stand, Justin took a scrap piece of wood and mortised holes to fit two narrow utility hinges. He mortised the hinges in to the back of the book holder so that way the holder will fit flush when closed.
Attach the other side of the hinges to the smaller book stand/leg.
He then cut four grooves into the bottom layer of wood using dado blades and his table saw. These grooves will be used to prop the book stand up.
And lastly, Justin cut a half circle at the top of the book holder so there’s a finger hole to open and close the holder as I need it. He cut this using the 1-3/4″ hole saw, then sanded it down by hand.
The last two steps, we didn’t get photographs of (sorry!). The first of which was to glue and nail the mitered edges of the caddy so it sits slightly higher than your tub.
Then lastly, all you need to do is secure the multiple layers of the caddy together. Justin screwed the layers together using 1-1/4″ drywall screws in several places – all into the spacers – three on each edge and two rows of three around the book holder’s frame.
And here’s the near- final product!
Last on our list is for me to take apart and stain to match the dark wood color in our bathroom (like the shelves above) and get 3-5 layers of poly on there to protect it from the bath water.
Love this bathtub caddy but don’t have the time, or don’t want to make your own? You’re in luck! Justin, who made this caddy, is willing to sell one to you! The same one! Just email him, [email protected], and he can talk with you about the details.
Want to see other projects and DIY’s that we’ve done – come check them out at Home Coming. And don’t forget to follow-us on Facebook or Instagram for exclusive discounts for our new furniture store, Northern Timber, launching next month!