For many years this is what I have seen every day (picture below), this is my kids bath, but my bathroom is nothing different.
The way I wanted to build it required the use of a router, and guess what...
I bought one :)
I just clamped the pieces of wood to the table.... no measuring......no aligning..... just holding the machine with both hands ... and ... there I went!!! Well the first two inches didn't look that pretty but after that ... perfection! :)
This is the tip I used:
Here you can see the proof.
After routing the long pieces, they were cut to the dimensions I needed.
Now, this is a kind of project were a Kreg Jig is fundamental to put it together.
Here I'm opening or drilling the holes where later on I'm going to be driving the screws.
With the two pieces of wood clamped together I drove the special screws to tied them together.
After putting together all those pieces, it was now time to nail the 1/4" plywood panels on the back.
The rabbeted pieces kept the plywood panels in place and flush with the rest of the boards.
To finish up the panels a small molding was added around each one of them, this is the profile of the one I used:
A coat of primer was applied and then all the gaps were filled. Sanding and cleaning pretty well afterwards.
Finally, paint was applied, again the same brown I used to paint my kitchen Island and Vanity.
With the panel cover ready, it was time to put it in place.
I took off that piece of plastic molding or strip? (I don't even know what's the name for that ugly thing at the bottom of the tub), cleaned the area pretty well, and began applying the Liquid Nails.
The adhesive caulk was then applied to seal the seams all around the panel.
and ta da!! here is the new bathtub!
I really like it! It dresses up the bathroom a lot more!
After two years of regular use, the wooden cover is still holding strong. It hasn't even been re-caulked, though I should do it pretty soon, especially the top seam, just to be safe.
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