How to Build a Teak Shower Mat

By Anne Baley

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.

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.

Tip

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.

About the Author

Working in sunny Florida, Anne Baley has been writing professionally since 2009. Her home and lifestyle articles have been seen on Coldwell Banker and Gardening Know How. Baley has published a series of books teaching how to live a frugal life with style and panache.