In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a bathtub tray complete with a cup holder for maximum relaxation.
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Kevin O’Connor meets general contractor Tom Silva for a unique project: a bathtub tray with a built-in wine glass holder. The two work together to build this relaxation maximizer from water-resistant zebra wood before giving it a beeswax finish.
Cost: Around $100
Time: Two days
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Tom and Kevin team up to build a bathtub tray out of zebrawood.
Tom plans to construct the tray out of zebrawood which is known for its unique striping. It’s strong, and dense so it holds up well to water.
Tom uses the miter saw to cut 2 pieces of the wood, each at 15”. Tom trues up the edges using the table saw.
Tom then uses the table saw to cut 12 slats with ½-inch thickness.
Tom uses wood glue to glue the boards for each end of the table and secures it with clamps while it sets up.
Tom uses a trim router with a ½-inch guide glued to the base to create a dado. This will create a
shelf for each slat to fit into.
To secure the two sides of the tray together, Tom cuts a couple mortises in the end pieces. He
then attaches them to the side piece with wood glue. Tom then adds floating tenons with a
fast-setting wood glue. Next, they install the 10 slats and the second end piece. Once installed,
they apply another layer of wood glue and install the second side piece.
To cut the key-hole wine glass holder, Tom sets his template on top of the board at an L. He
then applies painters tape in two lines going vertically down the board and down the template.
Tom then applies a line of fast setting glue to the painters tape on the tray board and sprays an
activator on each strip of tape on the template. Tom then attaches the tray board and template
together, ensuring each strip of tape is lined up together. This ensure that the template will not
move as Tom takes multiple passes cutting it out with a router and ½-inch straight-cutting bit.
Tom installs the 2 remaining slats on the bottom as the feet of the tray. He will secure the slats
with two screws in each.
To finish it off, Tom and Kevin apply a beeswax finish.
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