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Timber bath caddy sitting across a white bathtub. On the caddy is a sponge, face washer, soap and a glass of white wine

Overview

A nice warm bath is a great way to relax and unwind at the end of the day. This timber bath tray is the perfect addition to any bathroom, giving you a place to put everything you could need within arm's reach.  

Steps

1Cut your timber

To make this D.I.Y. project even easier, have your timber pre-cut at Bunnings to the width of your bath plus an extra 200mm. When choosing your timber, select pieces that have sharp 90-degree long edges and avoid timber with any blemishes.

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2Join the timber

Choose the best sides of your timber. Place these face down and apply a liberal amount of glue along one of the long edges. Join it to the other piece of timber making sure they're flush. Clamp them together and let the glue dry.

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3Measure and mark the timber

Use the straight edge to mark a straight line close to one end of the joined pieces of timber. From that line, measure and mark the length of your tray. We're using the width of the bath plus 200mm.

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4Cut the timber to size

Clamp the timber to the workbench and use your circular saw to cut the timber. A straight edge clamp can help guide your circular saw along the line accurately. Once you've cut one end of the timber, turn the wood around, re-clamp it and cut the other end.

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5Measure and mark for the rebate

Measure and mark the rebates on the bottom of the tray with a straight line. This distance should take into account the width of your bath. We cut ours 100mm in from each end of the timber. 

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6Set the circular saw for the size of the rebate

For safety reasons, unplug the circular saw before carrying out this step. Then set the circular saw for the depth of the rebate, ours was 10mm.

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7Cut the rebate

Use the circular saw to make multiple cuts in the timber for the rebate. Repeat this step for the other side then tape around the edges of timber you will be cutting out. This will stop wood chipping off from the edges when you use the router.

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8Cut out the timber using a router

Use the router to cut out the rebates on both sides of the timber tray.
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9Sand the rebates

Use the belt sander and the coarse 120 grit sandpaper to sand the rebates. Then switch to a finer sandpaper and sand the rebates until you have a smooth finish. 

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10Remove any excess glue

Before sanding the underside of the tray, use a sharp chisel to carefully remove any excess glue, this will stop the sander from clogging up.
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11Sand the tray

Use the belt sander to sand the entire tray. Start with an 80 grit sandpaper then move to 120 grit.
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12Finish sanding the top of the tray

Once you've sanded the entire tray with the 120 grit sandpaper, use the 240 grit and the orbital sander to ensure a super smooth finish.
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13Wipe away dust

Use a damp rag to wipe away any dust from the top of the tray. Let it dry.
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14Varnish the tray

Stir the Cabothane Clear thoroughly before using it. Use a good quality paint brush to apply the first coat of varnish to the top and sides of the tray. Let it dry, then lightly sand it before applying up to three coats of varnish. Repeat process for the bottom of the tray.
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15Measure, mark and cut the adhesive foam

Measure and mark the adhesive foam to fit into the rebates at the bottom of your tray. The foam will stop the tray from damaging the edges of your bath. Use scissors or a utility knife to cut the adhesive foam to size.
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16Attach the adhesive foam

Peel the backing paper off the adhesive foam, line it up with the edge of the tray and stick it down. Repeat this step for the other rebate and the job's done.
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17Sit back and relax

Now all you need to do is run a bath and relax!
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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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.