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DIY Wooden Bath Tray with Phone Holder

DIY Wooden Bath Tray with phone holder Pinterest imageDIY Wooden Bath Tray with Phone Holder

Are you looking to add some beautiful functionality to your bathroom? This DIY Wooden Bath Tray (with Phone Holder) is the perfect addition! It turns a plain bath tub into the perfect place to relax and unwind.  I’m Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs, and I am excited to share this DIY Wooden Bath Tray with you today. The best part about this tray is the added mount to secure your phone (so you can browse the web or watch a video while you’re relaxing.) Keep reading for all the details on how to make this bath tray yourself!


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1. Prep the wood

The first step in this project is to cut your wood pieces. This diagram shows the measurements for my bath tub tray, but you will need to measure your tub and adjust the measurements accordingly.

DIY bath tray woodworking plan

Next, sand your wood pieces. If your wood is fairly smooth you can use a 180 grit then 220 grit. For rougher wood, use a coarser grit sandpaper first.

sand all boards2. Drill holes

Use a forstner bit to drill shallow holes the size of tea light holders. The candles will sit into the groove making them less likely to slide off the tray.

drill shallow hole with forstner bit

drill shallow circle with forstner bit

Use a ruler to mark where you will place the handles.

measure and mark where handles will go

Use a drill bit the size of your drawer pull screws and drill your holes as marked.

drill holes for attaching handles

Next, take your two small pieces and drill pocket holes into one side. This is a quick and easy way to attach the bottom pieces of your tray. If you don’t have a pocket hole jig you could use other methods of joinery.

cut two small pieces and drill pocket holes

Attach the bottom boards to the bottom of your tray with wood glue and pocket screws. Be sure you size these to fit just inside each side of your tub. This will prevent the tray from sliding anywhere.

apply wood glue

Attach small pieces to bottom with pocket screws

3. Finish with polyurethane

Finally, finish the entire DIY bath tray with polyurethane. You may want to use a poly that is made for exterior environments because you need a strong water-resistant finish. I applied three coats, letting each dry completely and sanding lightly with 220 grit sandpaper in between each layer. This gives you a beautiful smooth finish.

Coat with polyurethane that is water resistant or waterproof

Coat with polyurethane that is water resistant or waterproof

4. Add Handles and Phone Holder

Use your drill to attach the handles.

Attach handles through drilled holes in tray

Attach the cell phone tripod adapter to the center of the tray with one screw.

drill tripod phone holder to DIY bath tray

Completed DIY Bath Tub Tray

Your project is finished! Add a washcloth, flower, candles, bath bombs and a glass of wine! They tray turned out so beautiful you’ll want to take a relaxing bath immediately.

diy bath tray closeup

Be forewarned your bath times may extend longer than normal.

Finished DIY bath tray with phone holder back angle photo

This DIY Wooden Bathtub tray was easy to make! You should build one for yourself immediately.

diy bath tray from side angle

Bonus: Your phone holder can turn so you can view things vertically or horizontally! Netflix binge watching? Bring it on.

diy bath tray from front view

If you like this project, please share it on Pinterest so others can enjoy it too. Thank you for reading!

DIY Wooden Bath Tray with phone holder Pinterest image

Hi, I’m Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs. Here are a few fun stats about me: I like love chocolate and peanut butter (together of course.) If you like stats, I have been crocheting for about 16 years, crafting for 20, and woodworking for about 4 years. I found a passion in making and being creative and began documenting my projects online at Hazel + Gold Designs.

When not working on projects, I enjoy spending time with my husband, four children, perfect dog, and ornery cat. You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

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