How to Build Your Own Wood Bath

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How to Build Your Own Wood Bath
A wood bath provides a rustic and environmentally friendly way to keep clean. (John Slater/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

A wood bath is a great addition to a rustic historic home or a remote cabin, because it maintains the pioneer spirit of such a dwelling. It also gives you an environmentally friendly way to keep clean because it uses renewable resources. A working wooden bathtub can be constructed using some very easy-to-obtain materials, such as birch plywood, plastic tubing, epoxy resin and screws. This will be a 3 feet wide by 6 feet long wooden tub with a drain.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 4 -- 6 feet long 2-by-4s
  • 4 -- 3 feet long 2-by-4s
  • 6 -- 1 foot long 2-by-4s
  • 1 -- 2 feet long 3 inch diameter plastic tubing
  • 1 -- 3 inch diameter stopper
  • 1 -- 3 inch circle cutting drill bit
  • Drill
  • Polyurethane resin
  • Paint brush
  • Waterproof glue
  • 3 inch deck screws
  • 2 inch deck screws
  • 1 inch deck screws
  • 1 inch L brackets
  • Screwdriver bit
  • 3 -- 3 feet wide by 6 feet long 1 inch thick birch plywood pieces
  • 2 -- 3 feet square 1 inch thick birch plywood squares
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Build a 1 feet tall by 3 feet wide rectangle by attaching 2 of the 1 foot long 2-by-4s to the ends of 2 of the 3 feet long 2-by-4s. Use the 3-inch deck screws to attach these together.

  2. 2

    Build a second 1 feet tall by 3 feet wide rectangle by attaching two more of the 1 foot long 2-by-4s to the ends of the other two of the 3 feet long 2-by-4s. As before, use the 3-inch deck screws to attach these together.

  3. 3

    Use the tape measure to measure the middle of the 6 feet long 2-by-4s. Then with the pencil, make a mark to indicate the middle on each of these 6 feet long 2-by-4s.

  4. 4

    Fasten two of the 6 feet long 2-by-4s together at their midpoints by placing a 1 feet long 2-by-4 at this point and attaching the 6 feet long 2-by-4s to the ends of the 1 foot long 2-by-4 at the marked mid points of the 6 feet long 2-by-4s. Use the 3-inch deck screws to do this. This will create an I shaped wood piece with a long top and bottom arm and short centre piece.

  5. 5

    Fasten the other two of the 6 feet long 2-by-4s together at their mid points by placing a 1 feet long 2-by-4 at this point and attaching the 6 feet long 2-by-4's to the ends of the 1 foot long 2-by-4 at the marked mid points of the 6 feet long 2-by-4's. Use the 3 inch deck screws to do this. This will create a second I shaped wood piece with a long top and bottom arm and short centre piece.

  6. 6

    Build a 6 feet long by 3 feet wide by 1 foot high box by attaching the 1 feet tall by 3 feet wide rectangles to the ends of both 6 feet long I shaped pieces. Use the 3-inch deck screws again to do this. This rectangular box will be the stand for the wooden bathtub.

  7. 7

    Paint the polyurethane resin over the entire rectangular box stand for the tub. This will make it waterproof and help it to last a long time.

  1. 1

    Lay one of the 3 feet wide by 6 feet long, 1-inch thick birch plywood pieces on the top of the bathtub stand so that it is flat and completely covers the top of the stand. Then attach the 3 feet wide by 6 feet long piece to the top of the bathtub stand by drilling 2-inch deck screws through the 1-inch thick birch plywood and into the bathtub stand. This becomes the bottom of the wood tub.

  2. 2

    Build a 3 feet wide by 6 feet long by 3 feet tall rectangular open box by attaching the other two of the 3 feet wide by 6 feet long 1-inch thick birch plywood pieces, which form the sides to the two 3-feet square, 1-inch thick birch plywood pieces that form the ends of the box. Use the 2-inch deck screws to attach these together. This forms the rectangular tub box.

  3. 3

    Place the 3 feet wide by 6 feet long by 3 feet tall open rectangular tub box onto the top of the bathtub stand so that the covered top of the stand completely covers the bottom of the rectangular tub box.

  4. 4

    Attach the rectangular tub box to the top of the bathtub stand by placing 1 inch L brackets all around the inside bottom of the rectangular tub box, and attaching the L brackets by driving the 1-inch deck screws through the top part of the L bracket and into the sides of the rectangular tub box. Then drive 1-inch deck screws through the bottom part of the L bracket and into the tub's bottom. The tub is now assembled and needs to be waterproofed.

  5. 5

    Paint the polyurethane resin over the entire tub both on the inside and outside of it. This will make the tub waterproof and make the tub last a long time.

  1. 1

    Slide the tub into place over the bathtub drain hole that will already be in the floor of any bathroom you are installing the tub in. Also, the tub needs to be under the bathtub water tap (faucet) that will already be coming out of the wall of any bathroom you are installing the tub in.

  2. 2

    Drill a - inch diameter hole with the 3-inch circle cutting drill bit in the bottom of the tub at the end of the tub where the bathtub drain hole in the bathroom's floor is. This will form the drain hole for the tub itself.

  3. 3

    Fit the 2 feet long, 3-inch diameter plastic tubing through the drain hole of the tub and into the bathtub drain hole in the bathroom's floor.

  4. 4

    Glue the end of the 2 feet long, 3-inch diameter plastic tubing that is in the drain hole in the floor into place with the waterproof glue. Then glue the end of the 2 feet long, 3-inch diameter plastic tubing that is in the drain hole of the tub itself into place with the waterproof glue. This forms the tub's drain pipe.

  5. 5

    Place the 3-inch diameter stopper into the drain hole of the tub after the glue on the plastic tubing drain pipe has dried. The tub is now finished and ready for use.

Tips and warnings

  • It may help to use a step stool for entering and exiting the tub.

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