DIY Slat Bath Tray

by Brooke
4 Materials
2 Hours

Whether you’re a fan of taking baths or just like your bathroom to look great 24/7, you’ll love having a pretty tray to place decor on or a glass of your favorite wine!

This is a beginner/intermediate DIY project that requires the use of a miter saw and a Kreg Jig. Let’s get to work!!

Step 1: Head to your local lumber yard for supplies! I looked for pieces that were available in the length and width of my design so I had only a few simple cuts to make. I also chose Alder because I liked the tone of the wood so then it did not require any staining 🙌.

Step 2: Create a plan for the look you want! There are so many options! If you want to keep it simple, just use the 1x4 and add some feet or stick with me and I’ll show you how to “fancy” it up a bit!

Step 3: Take your measurements and cut your boards to size. For this look, I used the 1 x 4 on the two ends and then the 1x2’s for my middle slats. I measured the width of my tub in the center (30 inches) and decided how long I wanted the ends (7.5”) and the middle slats (19”) for a total length of 34”.

*Remember that you want it wider than your tub width so that it will rest on top of your tub. This is totally your preference and will change depending on your bathtub.

Once you have your measurements, cut your 1x4 and 1x2s to size with a miter saw!! Use your 1x4 to cut two “feet” that are two inches wide as well.

Step 4: Now that you have all your pieces, you just need to assemble them! You can do this one of two ways. Wood glue and clamps or using hidden pocket screws and Kreg Jig.

I chose to use a Kreg Jig because I knew I would be adding a heavy candle to it as a decor item. Wood glue, however, is extremely strong, so if it is just for looks, you can definitely go that route!!

**If using a Kreg Jig -

Step 5: There are many helpful videos on how to use a Kreg Jig, including my highlight on IG, but here are some basics for you :)

This is how you create the holes in your wood

Once you have screwed the pieces together, it’s time to add the feet.

Step 6: Add the feet with wood glue and clamps.

Step 7: Fill any little cracks with plastic wood and sand it down lightly. Stain if desired.

Step 8: Apply a water based poly and sand i between each coat with 320 grit sand paper.

Enjoy your beautiful new tray!!

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Suggested materials:
  • Alder wood 1- 1x4x6 & 3- 1x2x6   (Menards)
  • Miter saw   (Wood glue)
  • Clams   (Kreg jig (optional))
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