Winter here on the East Coast seems to never come to an end! I know, we are just in the middle of it, but I truly can’t wait for Springtime. We just moved into our first new home and we now have a nice backyard so I am super pumped up to go outside and start working on my new projects. However, this past weekend mother nature blessed us with some nice weather, so I went outside and worked on the reclaimed wood bathtub tray that I have been wanting to start for a quite a while.
I am very much into reclaiming wood from old pallets these days. Its so great how these pieces of bitup wood can turn into amazing things for the home. For example, I found a great pallet laying outside of my office and took it home with me. I had no idea what to do with it, but after further pinterest investigation I found endless ideas. That’s when I came across this gal’s blog here. She shows how she makes a bathtub tray from an old wood pallet. Her tray is a little simpler than mine because she had the exact board’s length for her tub. My tray is a bit more involved so I didn’t follow her steps precisely. The boards on my pallet were too short for my bathtub, so I had to do a little hack to accomplish what I needed. Needless to say, her great post definitely inspired me to work on this project 🙂
Here is how I built my tray:
- 1 wood pallet
- Pry bar and hammer to take the pallet apart.
- 3 or 4 wood boards (depending how wide you want it to be. I used only 3 for my project)
- 2 smaller boards for the sides (if your boards are big enough, you don’t need these)
- 1 or 3 small piece of wood or metal hinge for holding the boards together (cleats) (if your board is long enough, you will need 3 small pieces of wood or metal hinges to connect the boards together).
- Sandpaper or an electric sander if you have one
- Clean rag
- Wood Stain and finish
- Wood Glue
- Wood Filler
- Wood Screws
- Screw Driver
Step 1: Assuming that you’ve already have taken the boards off your pallet, lay them out and inspect them for any nails, holes, etc. Measure and cut the extra two boards for the sides. The boards I had weren’t long enough for my bathtub. They were 24′ long and I needed 29′ long. So I cut two boards for each side to add length to my tray. I also cut a smaller piece for the middle to hold the boards together, the cleat. If you have a metal hinge laying around, that will work also. Mark your side boards with a pencil so you know how much to leave out on each side. I only needed 2.5 extra inches on each side, so I marked about 1.5′ that was going to be attached to the boards leaving the 2.5 out.
NOTE: If your boards are long enough skip step #2. Also, if you skip step 2, you will need 2 extra small pieces, just like the piece in the middle on the photo below for each side of the board to keep them together. So you will end up with three small sized pieces of wood under your tray for securing them together. Since I am adding the side boards, I only needed one in the middle because my side boards will also hold the boards together.
Step 2: Add wood filler to any nail holes or defects the boards might have that you want to cover up. Once they have dried out, start sanding the boards. I rounded the corners of mine a bit so they don’t show any sharp corners or anything like that. I used an electric sander which made the job much easier, but if you don’t have one, sandpaper will do the job just fine as well, it just might take a little longer. Sand it really well making sure you don’t have any splinters.
Step 3: Once your boards are nice and smooth, use a clean rag to clean off any dust or debris. Stain your boards. I stained mine all around except for the back, which nobody sees it anyway. I figured I would save some wood stain. Once the stain has dried out, apply a coat of finish spray and wait about 30 minutes in between coats if you would like to re-apply. The finish I used is water proof for obvious reasons.
Step 4: Once all your pieces have been dried out completely, glue the parts together just like the photo below. I used heavy books to add extra weight after I applied the glue, I don’t have a photo for that, sorry. Wait to dry for about a half hour so that way when you add the screws the boards will stay somewhat put. Add your screws in and you are done!
And here is my finished bathtub tray. Now I can read my favorite books while taking a relaxing bath 🙂
Have you ever built anything from a pallet before? Let me know, lets talk in the comments section below.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed it.