1 Hour Project How To Build A Cedar Bath Mat
1 hour project how to build a cedar bath mat is post about Woodworking Projects bookmarked by clyde with ID 11400224469 was uploaded on 28-01-2019 and has been viewed 13,311 times.
Some planning and building tips to know: I chose cedar for its looks and rot-resistance, but any wood would be fine.My mat is 14-1/2 x 30 in., but you can make yours any size.Just be sure the slats are supported by runners no more than 15 in.
apart.Large knots create weak spots, so you may need to buy extra lumber to get sections that are free of knots.Although the nail holes won't show, I patched them with wood filler before sanding and finishing.
Left exposed, the nail heads may rust and stain the floor.I finished my mat with tung oil.Oil finishes aren't as durable as some others, but they're easy to renew when the finish starts to wear—just wipe on a fresh coat.
Be sure to apply anti-skid pads on the bottom to keep the mat from sliding on hard floors.Cut the Slats If your local home center doesn't have good-quality 1x2 stock for the slats, buy a 1x6 and cut 1-1/2-in.
strips.An 8-ft.1x6 provided all the slats I needed.Learn how to rip boards on a table saw safely here.Round the Edges I rounded the slat edges with a 1/4-in.round-over bit.If you don't have a router, ease the edges with 100-grit sandpaper.
Assemble the Mat Clamp wood scraps to your workbench to form a square.Lay out the slats against the guide using spacers cut from a paint stir stick.Then cut three runners 1 in.shorter than the width of the mat.
Fasten the runners to the slats with 1-1/4-in.brads or nails.Besides paint stir sticks for spacers, see what other unique uses you can get out of free stuff from The Home Depot...