How to Build a Bathtub Caddy

 

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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).

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

Starting with the top layer of wood, Justin measured where the cutouts and spacers (or the middle layer) would be.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

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!

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

Using a table saw, Justin cut out the rectangle that would be used for the book holder from the top piece of wood.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

Then he moved onto the wine glass holder, first cutting a circle using a 1-3/4″ hole saw in his screw gun.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

And then cutting out the groove to the edge of the piece of wood using his miter saw.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

He then rounded the corners using his jigsaw, and smoothed down all of the edges using his orbital sander.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

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.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

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.

How to build a multifunctional bathtub caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

Here he is testing it out to make sure everything was square. Looking good so far!

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

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.

How to build a multifunctional bathtub caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

Attach the other side of the hinges to the smaller book stand/leg.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

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.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

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.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

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!

How to build a multifunctional bathtub caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

 

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.

How to build a multifunctional bathtub caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

 

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,  j.janachovsky@yahoo.com, 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!

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Kayla’s a marketer by day and a DIY and home blogger with her husband Justin by night. She has a lot of love for updating a house on a budget and firmly believes that having good style doesn’t mean paying top dollar! Kayla & her husband are taking on the task of updating their 1920’s Minneapolis house.

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  1. Oh man, this thing is amazing! Pinned!

  2. I’m so glad you like it, Justine!

  3. I’d like to make project(s) like this, and some-day I’d hope to have all the tools I’d need. Right now I have nothing to be able to build something like this, but I’d like to.

  4. How thick are the pieces of wood?

    Thanks!

    (Looks awesome!)

  5. Philip Hoser says:

    I would like to ask if Justin could make a bath caddy for me. Tried the email link but it didn’t work. My bath is 76cm wide, with a ledge on each side of it. I need the stand to be sturdy enough to take a lever-arch folder of papers, and also able to take an iPad without danger of it slipping off. No need for the wine glass holder. Are you able to give me a quote for making one and delivery to Sydney Australia? Thanks Philip H

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How to Build a Bathtub Caddy

 

How to build a bathtub caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

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).

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

Starting with the top layer of wood, Justin measured where the cutouts and spacers (or the middle layer) would be.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

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!

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

Using a table saw, Justin cut out the rectangle that would be used for the book holder from the top piece of wood.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

Then he moved onto the wine glass holder, first cutting a circle using a 1-3/4″ hole saw in his screw gun.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

And then cutting out the groove to the edge of the piece of wood using his miter saw.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

He then rounded the corners using his jigsaw, and smoothed down all of the edges using his orbital sander.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

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.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

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.

How to build a multifunctional bathtub caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

Here he is testing it out to make sure everything was square. Looking good so far!

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

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.

How to build a multifunctional bathtub caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

Attach the other side of the hinges to the smaller book stand/leg.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

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.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

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.

How to Build a Bathtub Caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

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!

How to build a multifunctional bathtub caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

 

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.

How to build a multifunctional bathtub caddy | Home Coming for mycraftyspot.com

 

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,  j.janachovsky@yahoo.com, 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!

The following two tabs change content below.
Kayla’s a marketer by day and a DIY and home blogger with her husband Justin by night. She has a lot of love for updating a house on a budget and firmly believes that having good style doesn’t mean paying top dollar! Kayla & her husband are taking on the task of updating their 1920’s Minneapolis house.

Latest posts by Kayla Janachovsky (see all)

  1. Justine Y says:

    Oh man, this thing is amazing! Pinned!

  2. I’m so glad you like it, Justine!

  3. Mike Mercer says:

    I’d like to make project(s) like this, and some-day I’d hope to have all the tools I’d need. Right now I have nothing to be able to build something like this, but I’d like to.

  4. Anonymous says:

    How thick are the pieces of wood?

    Thanks!

    (Looks awesome!)

    1. Erin Kennedy says:

      Hi, you can reach out to Phillip, and he should be able to answer your questions.
      j.janachovsky@yahoo.com

      1. Anonymous says:

        Would be nice if Phillip could respond here or if you can update the instructions so that the answer can benefit everybody and not just me through email.

        Cheers!

  5. Philip Hoser says:

    I would like to ask if Justin could make a bath caddy for me. Tried the email link but it didn’t work. My bath is 76cm wide, with a ledge on each side of it. I need the stand to be sturdy enough to take a lever-arch folder of papers, and also able to take an iPad without danger of it slipping off. No need for the wine glass holder. Are you able to give me a quote for making one and delivery to Sydney Australia? Thanks Philip H

    1. Erin Kennedy says:

      Hi Philip,
      Sorry, my fault the email doesn’t work. You can reach out to Phillip – j.janachovsky@yahoo.com. I am sure he would be happy to answer your questions.

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