Here's how to build a bathtub tray using the Bernzomatic TS8000.
Step 1: Measure and cut your wood
Measure the width of your bathtub and cut your wood accordingly. This board measured about 45x10 inches. It's always better to cut longer at first. Take it to the tub and adjust accordingly. Cut the wood with my circular saw and use a piece of trim to help you guide your cut.
We recommend wearing a mask when cutting wood because a lot of the sawdust goes flying everywhere. Also cut two small pieces of wood that measured 1.5x8 inches. These served as a "feet" for the board which helps the tray to sit a little higher above the tub.
Step 2: Torch the wood with the TS8000 and Map-Pro Cylinder
The Bernzomatic TS8000 is a high-intensity torch and is the hottest burning torch in the Bernzomatic line. The Instant On/Off trigger ignition provides easier lighting.
This particular torch burns the wood quickly and evenly. The burnt look really adds richness to the wood grains and mimics a stained look.
Step 3: Sand the wood
Now it's time to sand the wood and clean it down with a tack cloth. This also helps to remove a bunch of the char from the wood. Your hands will get dirty!
Step 4: Add Polyurethane
This is right before adding the first poly coat. Note the difference in the wood tones. You want to add polyurethane to help protect and seal the wood from moisture.
This is after one coat. Do you see how darker it got? It's gorgeous! We added two coats of polyurethane to the wood. Make sure to wait the appropriate waiting time in between the coats of polyurethane.
Step 5: Style that beauty in your bathroom
This is a wonderful way to treat yourself, especially in this season when we are spending more time at home. It can really be a stress reliever and a great way to relax and feel rejuvenated. The tray holds the perfect bathtub essentials like a design magazine, candle, tea, and some flowers to add to the mood.