Turn off your TV and put away those video games. Instead, get out the old spatulas and pans and cars and trucks. Here's a simple project to build that will give your children or grandchildren hours of fun. And, if you're lucky, they'll even let you play with them. Built completely from 2 x 4s, this project can easily be completed—even with little helpers—in a weekend. If you elect to use cedar rather than treated lumber and not paint it, the sandbox can easily be completed in an afternoon. Got a big family? Simply lengthen the side boards to make the sandbox whatever size works best for you.
Vital Statistics: Frame-style Sandbox
OVERALL SIZE: 51W by 51L by 12H
MATERIAL. Treated lumber JOINERY: Butt joints reinforced with galvanized deck screws
■ Design is easily expandable
■ Corner braces double as children's benches
■ Corner joints alternate from tier to tier for strength
■ Straightforward joinery speeds constructioh
FINISHING OPTIONS: Exterior latex primer and paint
»/> PREPARING STOCK 0 hours
CUTTING PARTS 2 hours r/ ASSEMBLY 1-2 hours
FINISHING 2-4 hours
TOTAL: 5-10 hours
Tools you'll use
Power miter saw or circular saw
□ Exterior latex paint
Frame-sty le ôandbox
Sandbox Cutting List
12 1V2 x 3V2 x 46V2 in
. Treated lumber
B. Short seats 4 IV2 x 3V2 x 14V2 in.
C. Long seats
4 1J/2X31/2X .25 in.
8 11/2 x 31/2 x IOV2 in.
21/2" galvanized deck screws, typ.
3" galvanized deck screws, typ.
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