How to Build a Teak Shower Mat

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Teak is a finely grained wood that's naturally resistant to mildew and bacteria. This makes it the ideal building material for bathroom accessories. Get rid of your fabric bath mat and create a teak shower mat. This smooth wooden platform has teak's natural slip-resistant surface while giving your bathroom a subtle natural glow. The spaces between the teak slats allow water to drip down, minimizing soiling on the top surface.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-by-2-inch teak slats
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Yardstick
  • Drill
  • Brass screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Rubber furniture feet pads
  • Measure 36-inch-long sections on the teak slats and draw a line across each slat to indicate a cut line. Mark enough sections to create 12 pieces. Do the same with 24-inch sections, marking three pieces.

  • Saw the teak planks on the marked cut lines, creating 12 sections measuring 36 inches long and 3 sections measuring 24 inches long.

  • Sand the surfaces, ends and edges of all 15 pieces of teak. Start with a medium-grit sandpaper, then move on to a fine-grit sandpaper. Sand all the planks until the wood is smooth and free of any imperfections on the surface.

  • Lay the 12 longer sections of wood on the work surface with the larger flat ends facing the table and the shorter sides touching each other. Create a block by laying all 12 pieces next to each other, laying them horizontally. Place a yardstick at one end of the block of slats. Push the slats toward the yardstick to make sure all the ends are even with each other on that end.

  • Place one of the smaller slats vertically on top of the 12 longer pieces, positioning it in the center of the block. Drill through this slat 1 1/2 inches, drilling completely through this slat and 1/2 inch into the longer slat below. Do this above all 12 slats in the block.

  • Insert a brass screw into each hole and screw them in tightly. this will hold the slats together into a solid block design.

  • Position each of the other two shorter pieces of teak vertically on top of the block. Place one 6 inches from the right edge and the other one 6 inches from the left edge. Drill holes and attach screws to these slats in the same 12 places as the first slat.

  • Attach four adhesive rubber furniture feet pads to the corners on the bottom of the mat.

Tips & Warnings

  • Teak wood has a natural oil, so no finish is needed for the mat. If you'd like a deeper color to the wood, rub a small amount of teak finishing oil onto the top surface.

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