Bathtub reading table

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Project by Scoop posted 05-23-2007 06:07 AM 18257 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently completed a reading table for the bathtub. The table is made of 3” boards to allow for wood movement in the very humid environment of a bathroom directly over a filling/full tub. The wood is mahogany. That’s partly because it is hard enough to hold up to use but soft enough to be comfortable for use, but also because it looks so good. The finish is pure tung oil. While this will need to be renewed on occasion, I think it provides good moisture resistence and the opportunity to re-apply finish as needed without worry of cracking or peeling.

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#1 posted 05-23-2007 06:20 AM

I’d never get my wife out of the jacuzzi tub. Nice project. I have never heard of anything like this before.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 05-23-2007 06:27 AM

It’s my own creation, as far as I know. Why make do with a cold, metal table that’s too narrow and looks awful, when you can build one for half the price that’s bigger, wooden, and looks much better?

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#3 posted 05-23-2007 06:31 AM

It’s a new one on me too. I looks pretty nice though.


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#4 posted 05-23-2007 06:43 AM

Scoop -

Very nice! Great choice of wood. I like the simple design and clean lines. Will be hard to get out of the tub! Looks like a great place to watch woodworking videos!


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#5 posted 05-23-2007 11:55 AM

Scoop the reading table looks great – wish I could find the time to read in the tub, heck I would need a shower reading table and I doubt that would work too well :-)).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 05-23-2007 12:29 PM

Bill, lol I’m just picturing the book getting wet, I too only take showers. I always saw taking a bath and laying there as not my thing, I’m not good at doing nothing but this reading table would solve that. The only thing is how to keep the water warm.


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#7 posted 05-23-2007 05:08 PM

Perhaps it could be modified to incorporate a top that would lift up to a slop in the center. It could be adjustable for the right angle for reading, and have a flat surface on one side for holding a cup of coffee. I think this project should be nicknamed ‘decadence’.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 05-23-2007 07:01 PM

It looks great Scoop. I would be worried that someone would think it is a seat to sit on and break it. No problem for me, since I just take showers. Rather be in a nice recliner with a book. Then if I fall asleep, no harm to the book.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 05-23-2007 08:04 PM

“Decadence”—great name for such a project, Don

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 05-24-2007 12:55 AM

I like Don’s slope idea, but while you are at it you may want to make a acrylic cover that will keep your reading material dry. It looks great!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 05-24-2007 04:39 AM

I’m planning to build a reading stand. It will probably have feet (possibly of brass) that will fit between two of the slats. Because the tub is a soaking tub, the stand will hold the book/magazine/etc at a very steep angle (probably about 75-85%).

Anyone know of any designs for this sort of thing? I’m still exploring design options.

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#12 posted 05-24-2007 12:16 PM

I do all my reading on the toilet, so come up with a toilet book holder. I get into an interesting article sometimes and my wife will check to make sure I did’nt fall in and drown. Great idea. think of a notch a fill it. the secret to becoming a millionaire. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 05-24-2007 03:48 PM

Now that is a unique and well designed project!

-- Scott - Dallas, Texas

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#14 posted 09-26-2009 04:33 AM

I actually found this page (and this site) while looking for a wooden book holder for the bath. There are others that are similar, but they tend to be ugly, to put it bluntly – I’m not into pale, unfinished-looking slabs of wood. This one is elegant and attractive – there’s definitely a market for this. I’m sure these would sell well on a site like Etsy…. there was an adjustable one there that I wanted, but it has been sold out for ages!

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