Having a wooden bathtub is an excellent addition to a remote cabin or a rustic historic home since it is capable of maintaining the pioneer spirit of such a residence.
Furthermore, the wooden bathtub provides you with an environmentally friendly way of keeping clean since it operates on renewable resources.
How To Make A Wooden Bathtub?
Constructing a wooden bathtub that operates is quite simple since it relays on very easy to obtain materials such as plywood, plastic tubing, birch, screws as well as epoxy resin.
Building The Wooden Bathtub Stand Frame
When constructing a bathtub that measures 3 feet wide by 6 feet long and it features drainage, you will first start by creating the stand frame.
Therefore, you will first construct a 1 foot tall by 3 feet wide rectangle whereby you will attach two of your 1 foot long two by 4s up to the end of 2 of the three feet long two by 4s. Afterward, you will use the three-inch deck screw in attaching these.
You will then construct another 1 feet tall by three feet wide rectangle whereby you will attach two more of the one foot long two by 4s into the other end of the other two of the three feet long two by 4s. Just like before, you will have to use the three-inch deck screw in attaching these.
Nonetheless, you will use a tape measure to measure the middle point of the 6 feet long two by 4s. You will then use a pencil to indicate the central point on each to the six feet long two by 4s.
At the mid-point you will have to fasten two of the six feet long 2 by 4s together by placing a one foot long 2 by 4s at the middle point and attaching the six feet long 2 by 4s at the end of the 1 foot long 2 by 4s at the midpoint of the 6 feet long 2 by 4s.
To carry this out, you will have to use a three-inch deck screw. In the end, you will have an I shaped wooden piece with bottom arm, small centerpiece and along the top.
Consequently, you will then fasten the remaining two 6 feet long 2 by 4s together at the middle point by simply placing the 1 foot long 2 by 4 at this point and then attach the 6 feet long 2 by 4s at the end of the 1 foot long 2 by 4s at the middle point of the 6 feet long 2 by 4s.
You will as well use the three-inch deck screw in joining. At this point, you will have created the second I shaped wooden piece with a small center, long top, and a bottom arm.
Construct a box that measures 6 feet long by 3 feet wide through joining the 1 foot tall by three feet wide rectangles at the end of both 6 feet long I shaped pieces. You will still require a three-inch deck screw to carry this out.
The rectangular box will serve as the stand for the wooden bathtub.
Once you are done with the construction, you can paint the polyurethane resin over the whole rectangular box which will be the bathtub stand. This paint will help in making the bathtub water resistant hence become durable and long lasting.
Constructing The Bathtub
When it comes to building the bathtub, you will have to place one-inch thick birch plywood pieces, one of the three feet wide by six feet long on the top of the bathtub stand and ensure that it is flat and it covers the top of the stand completely.
After that, at the top of the bathtub stand you will attach three feet wide by six feet long piece via drilling two-inch deck screw through 1-inch birch plywood to the bathtub stand, and this will be the bottom of the wooden bathtub.
Construct a three feet wide by six feet long by three feet tall open box with a rectangular shape through attaching the remaining two of the three feet wide by six feet long 1 inch thick birch plywood pieces, in which it will form the side of the 1 inch thick birch plywood pieces and two-three feet square that form the box end.
You will use a two-inch deck screw in attaching these, and it will form the rectangular tub box.
Nonetheless, you will place the three feet wide by six feet long by three feet tall rectangular bathtub box which is open onto the bathtub’s top so that the bottom of the rectangular bathtub box s entirely covered by the top of the stand.
You will then attach the rectangular bathtub box onto the top of the bathtub stand by merely placing a 1 inch L bracket across the inside bottom of this rectangular bathtub box and then attach the L bracket through driving the 1-inch deck screw via the top of the L bracket and into the rectangular bathtub box sides.
Finally, the bathtub is assembled, and it will require to be water resistant
Therefore, you will apply the polyurethane resin over the whole tub including the inside and the outside part for it to be waterproof and durable.
Finishing And Positioning Of The Bathtub
Place and install your bathtub next to a bathtub drain hole which is usually available in the bathroom floor. Furthermore, your bathtub will have to be under the water faucet which is as well accessible in the bathroom wall that you will be installing.
To have a drainage hole, you will cut a three-inch circle at the bottom of the bathtub where the bathrooms’ floor drainage system is located.
Furthermore, you will have to fill plastic tubing that measures 2 feet long three-inch diameter through the tub’s drainage and into the bathroom’s floor drainage hole.
You will then glue the plastic tubing into the drainage system with water-resistant glue. Before using the tub consider placing a three-inch diameter stopper at the drainage hole of the bathtub once the water resistant glue has dried up.
Therefore, having gone through the above steps, you are now better placed at constructing a wooden bathtub all by yourself.
Consequently, you get to enjoy the benefits of having a wooden bathtub while still saving money; therefore, at the end of the day, it is quite a beneficial skill t learn. Here is a quick video on making a wooden bathtub for your inspiration.