How to choose a tub enclosure

Attractive, smart and honestly this bathtub enclosure will give your bathroom that up,-to-date look. The basic materials used are aluminum angle and storm sash (or “Y” rails as they are called here). The two sliding door panels are of translucent plastic sheeting. The doors move at the touch of a finger and let in lots of light. It’s easy to step in and out of the tub, too, because of the generous width of the doors.

You’ll find the unit easy to make if you use the materials and follow the procedure suggested here. The length of your aluminum pieces will of course depend upon the size of your own bathroom and upon your own wishes. Plastic panels such as Resolite which can be worked with woodworking tools are available under several trade names. These panels come in many colors and will transmit up to 90% of the visible light. They can be purchased in either corrugated form or in flat sheets. The flat sheet of course is the proper one for this particular tub enclosure design.


Start with your top and bottom tracks. After looking at the detail drawings shown 1/8 x  3/4 here, cut these aluminum angles ( x 4 x 3/4 inches) to the proper size on your table saw. Rivet the two angles together solidly.

Remember that the end of the rivet is peened into a countersunk hole so that the rivet is flush with thell surface of the alumi- num angle. This wienable you to cement the track to the tub edge. Drill your weep holes in the bottom track next. Then use your file, sandpaper, and steel wool on all rough or sharp edges.

Cementing the bottom track to the tub is a simple job. Just use two lines of masking, Scotch, or some similar tape spaced 3/4 inch apart along the edge of the tub. Cover the area between tapes with tile cement. Place the bottom rail in position with a little pressure so that the cement is pushed into the pores of both surfaces. Do not install the top rail until the doors are finished.