Next  

Advertisement

Do-It-Yourself Sandbox

It's a fact - kids love sandboxes. Learn how to build an easy one for your backyard.
It's a fact - kids love sandboxes. Learn how to build an easy one for your backyard.
iStockphoto.com/Thinkstock

Materials:

  • (2) 12-foot 2x29 lumber wood 
  • (1) 5-foot 2x6 
  • (28) 3-inch deck screws
  • 54 cubic feet of builder's or mason's sand (or 3/4 cubic foot per square foot of sandbox area)

(*Note: Use pressure-treated wood, but if you're nervous about toxicity problems, you could use untreated lumber — just don't expect it to last forever.)

Instructions:

  1. Level the ground and remove obstructions.
  2. Saw four 72" 2x29s (if your lumber is 1/8" short, don't worry about it). Screw the frame together, using four 3" screws per corner to make a sandbox that's 73½" square on the outside. Countersink the screws so that they get a good "purchase" on the wood.
  3. Saw two 2x6s to 28½" for the angle braces, with 45-degree miters on both ends.
  4. Hold the braces in position and screw them using three screws per joint.
  5. Fill the box relatively full of sand.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement


Advertisement


Recommended

Advertisement

Advertisement