How to Build a Sandbox

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How to Build a Sandbox. Are you looking for a fun, inexpensive addition to the kids' backyard playground? A sandbox is just the ticket. It will give them a place to build and explore their creativity and won't cost you an arm and a leg.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring Tapes
  • Pencils
  • Circular Saws
  • Combination Squares
  • Drill Bits
  • Multiuse Screws
  • Screwdriver Bits
  • Variable-speed Drills

Selecting Your Materials

  • Choose four pieces of 2-by-6-by-12 construction-grade lumber that are straight and true.

  • Cut and code your pieces with pencil or letter labels as follows: A - two pieces, 60 inches (Long Sides); B - two pieces, 57 inches (Short Sides); C - four pieces, 68 inches (Benches); D - eight pieces, 6 inches (Support Blocks).

  • Miter cut both ends of each "C" piece on opposing 45-degree angles.

Assembling the Sandbox

  • Assemble as follows using weatherized wood screws that are 2 1/2 inches long. (This project can be built in place where the sandbox will sit.)

  • Set the two "A" pieces (Long Sides) up on edge in a parallel position approximately 57 inches apart.

  • Place the two "B" pieces (Short Sides) between the long sides at each end so that they form flush, square corners. Use two or three screws in each corner to hold them together.

  • Attach two of the "D" pieces (Support Blocks) on the outside of each side of the square approximately 6 inches from each corner. Make sure that all the top edges are level.

  • Place the "C" pieces (Benches) around the top edge of the box. Adjust them so that all inside edges are flush and the angled corners are tight. Attach the benches to support blocks and the top edge of each side.

  • Realize that the sandbox is now ready to be filled. You'll need approximately 1 ton of sand to fill a sandbox this size.

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