Nothing is more relaxing than sitting in a hot tub with a few friends on your patio in glorious sunshine. But the bad news is that a good quality hot tub is going to cost you several thousand dollars. However Jesse and Alyssa have been building their own cedar hot tub on their off grid homestead. What’s more they have been creating a ten part video series showing you how to do the same.
As I write this they have released the first three episodes and I will share with you the link at the end of this article where you can see the remaining episodes as they are published. A cedar hot tub like the one they are building would have a retail price of between $3000-$7000 depending on the size and the number of upgrades. The following videos will show you how to make your own for a tiny fraction of that cost.
Tools and Materials
You are going to need quite a few expensive tools to carry out this DIY hot tub project. This may be a show stopper for you or you could hire them. Here is a complete list…
- Table Saw
- Plunge Router
- Compound Miter Saw
- Jig Saw
- Dead Blow Hammer
- 3/8″ Vinyl Coated Cable
- Measuring Tape
- Waterproof Wood Glue
- 1000lb Ratchet Straps
- 12 x 3/8″ Cable Clamps
- 6 X Cable Thimbles
- 3 x Turn Buckles
- Waterproof Sealant
- Safety Glasses
- Ear Protection
Episode 1: Finding Clear Cedar Boards for Pennies
The biggest obstacle to building this hot tub cost effectively is your ability to source cedar wood cheaply enough as it can be very expensive. In this first episode they show you how to obtain high quality cedar wood for very low prices.
The cedar wood has to be able to hold hundreds of gallons of water which would normally mean that knots in the wood would make it pretty much useless. Luckily this video shares tips for how to use lower grade lumber even if it has a few knots.
Episode 2: Cutting the Staves
Hopefully you will have been able to source cheap cedar following the instructions in the previous video. Now you will need to turn that wood into staves. Staves are narrow wood panels like you would see on the side of a barrel. You will be using these to build the sides of the hot tub.
This video shows you how inspect the cedar in order to cut out the best quality portions of the wood for your staves. You will end up with a lot of left over wood afterwards which will be useful in future for other DIY projects.
Episode 3: The Stave Joinery
This third step is the most important step in the entire project. If you have done your joinery well enough the tub will hold water. This video shows you the best way to do good joinery with the minimum amount of tools.
Episode 4 and Beyond
You can continue to follow Jesse and Alyssa’s hot tub project by following them at the link below…