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Project by jamsomito posted 02-14-2018 10:55 PM 1095 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw this bath tray on one of April Wilkerson’s instagram stories and thought it was a brilliant idea. She hasn’t posted any videos, plans, or even photos of it so I had to make it up as I went, but the idea is entirely hers. I liked it so much I had to make one for my wife, and here it is.

I made this all out of “reclaimed” lumber – solid oak from an old entertainment center I got for free from someone who was giving it away. On the table saw, I cut a hair off every side of the pieces to remove the finish, cut the surrounding structure to length, and made the dadoes in the long pieces on the table saw. I cut the slats to length on the miter saw, then resawed down the length on the table saw. The bigger piece for the top sliders was resawn on the table saw as well but needed two passes obviously.

I cut the kindle, ipad, and wine glass holders on the band saw. What you can’t see is I had to tilt the table to 50 degrees to make the wine glass holder since there wasn’t much clearance between these sliders and the bottom slats. Sanded to fit the conical shape on the foot of the glass.

I ran everything through the router with a 1/8” roundover bit.

A happy accident was that with so many resawn pieces I could book match nearly everything. The slats are book matched from the center outwards, and the top sliders, well you can see that from the photos. Pretty cool.

I finished everything with a couple coats of wipe-on poly, then assembled with finishing screws for the rectangular structure and little brad nails from the bottom for the slats. These were hair-raising… they were all close to the edge and could have easily split the wood. “Pre-drilled” everything, and in the end with a sigh of relief it all went well. I had a hard time finding a bit small enough for the brads. I think I used a 1/32… not sure; it was in a bin of misc discarded bits I picked up a long while back.

I really like how this turned out and it’s so versatile! Thanks for the genius idea, April, hope you enjoy yours as much!

Some photos:





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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 02-14-2018 11:26 PM

I hate to say this but your never going to see here in the kitchen again. LOL! Nice work with no plans too! Nothing feels better than thinking your way to a successful build.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 02-15-2018 05:43 AM

Awesome! I see myself in it with…

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 02-15-2018 02:20 PM

Looks great. I’ve been running through my head how to make one and which kind of wood to make it out of.

-- Justin

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jamsomito

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#4 posted 02-15-2018 02:25 PM

@Tony C – haha, true, and thanks. It was fun putting it together from something old and reusing lumber too.

@Kilo19 – Thanks. I just got done with a project I made entirely out of select pine. This oak was a breath of fresh air, so I’d recommend oak… well any hardwood over pine really, haha. Since there’s so much book matching in this particular project, I prefer a hardwood with well defined grain patterns though, so the oak worked out really nicely. Plus it’s strong. The overall length is around 36” and the “stretchers” are only about an inch tall, maybe 1-1/4 after cutting them down to remove the old finish. Despite the long span and skinny pieces, it’s nice and rigid still. So, I’m happy with the oak I made mine from.

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#5 posted 02-15-2018 09:53 PM

looks like a fun thing. Let’s get drunk and drown. Then you won’t be around. To show us what you found. When they find you they will say he thorough this was a good idea at the time, but now he’s in the brine.
Now he has dish pan hands and swollen glands.
Keep the great ideas coming.

-- Dusty Lungs

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Rick

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#6 posted 02-15-2018 10:11 PM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done! I guess I could put a Strap on it and use it in the Shower ?

NAH! Bad Idea!

Congrats on the Top Three!

Rick

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#7 posted 02-15-2018 10:18 PM

Why so negative Dusty Lungs? I think this bath tray is a great idea!
On this site we are all about learning and sharing our ideas good and sometimes not so good but you’ll find that hardly anyone gives negative criticism we all try to give constructive criticism as to help make things better for everyone. Cheer up be happy and join in the fun!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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TheSawDustWhisperer

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#8 posted 02-15-2018 10:41 PM

Your right Tony I should be more constructive.
I’ll try harder.
Should have suggested wearing a life jacket.
I guess I’m just upset because my lungs are so full of dust.
I did like Ricks idea about hanging it around your neck and using it in the shower though. Maybe there’s still hope for me after all.
I think it’s a good project but not for AA members.
Tony do you think I would make a good lumber Jock buddie?

-- Dusty Lungs

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#9 posted 02-15-2018 10:53 PM

@Dusty Lungs…..Good one they may need two… LOL!
See… I knew you would understand! Now where are your projects? Let see if you can make something as nice as this Bath Tray!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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jamsomito

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#10 posted 02-15-2018 11:53 PM

The snark is strong with this one…

Thanks for all the compliments. Gotta admit I laughed at the shower idea, haha.

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TheSawDustWhisperer

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#11 posted 02-15-2018 11:57 PM

Ok. I’ll try. But you should not be so critical about my lack of projects. I just started woodworking and I’ll build something just for you.
If you promise not to be so judgmental. Do you need a coffin?
I’ll try to build something that prevents drunks from drowning in the bath tub.
Be nice Tony.
I hope you know I’m being facetious.
I do think this is a wonderful project.

-- Dusty Lungs

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#12 posted 02-16-2018 12:03 AM

Wife has been after me to make one of these. I like your idea very well sir.

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#13 posted 02-16-2018 12:04 AM

*not my idea. See April Wilkerson.

Just my implementation :)

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#14 posted 02-16-2018 12:32 AM

Saved it my favorites

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#15 posted 02-16-2018 11:03 PM

Great idea, well done

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