I scoured the internet for cool sandbox designs, but most of them seemed to require $200 worth of lumber, hinges, and unnecessarily complicated construction. I ended up designing my own, which is super simple, costs about $50, and only takes a few hours to build.
Final dimensions: 4'2" wide and 5'8" long with 12" sides.
- Three 8-ft 2x12s ($12 each at Home Depot)
- One 8-ft tree stake ($5 at Home Depot)
- One 6-ft square of landscape fabric ($8 at Home Depot)
- 1/4 yard of play sand (~$8 at your local landscaping supply)
- Staples, nails, optional paint and decorations
- Saw (a circular saw would be adequate, a table saw and chop saw will make things slightly easier)
- 2-inch hole saw
- Paint brush
Step 1: Cut the Boards
Leave the brown piece for last. Rip it (cut it in half lengthwise) so you have two 2x6s instead of one 2x12, then cut the correct angles. Use the hole saw to drill a 2" hole in the center of each brown board (for the mast).
Step 2: Sand and Paint the Boards
Step 3: Nail it Together
Step 4: Optional: Add a Seat
Step 5: Staple In the Landscaping Fabric
Step 6: Add the Mast
Slide it into the holes you cut in the cross-pieces. Use a few screws or nails to keep it from sliding out if you like.
Step 7: Fill It with Sand, Decorate It, and Enjoy
- Vinyl-cut portholes
- Laser-cut and paint letters for a name
- Sew a pirate flag and put it on the mast
Questions? Suggestions? Leave them in the comments. Thanks!