Oct 12 , 2018

1-Hour Project: How to Build a Cedar Bath Mat

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

cut the slats cedar bath mat

If your local home center doesn’t have good-quality 1×2 stock for the slats, buy a 1×6 and cut 1-1/2-in. strips. An 8-ft. 1×6 provided all the slats I needed. Learn how to rip boards on a table saw safely here.

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