How to make children's sandbox with a lid and a bench with their hands

By Admin | Landscaping
09 April 2016

From present to your attention the article, you'll learn how to make a sandbox with a cover by hand.With this cover playground for children will be protected from cats seeking to use it as a toilet, but it will be free to enter into the water (rain or spray), preventing the sand is too dry.This last aspect is very important not only to maintain ideal for building sand castles kulichiki and consistency of the material.Dry sand is easily lifted into the air and poses a risk to human health if it enters the lungs.This design has an open bottom, and (if you choose to use a barrier for weeds) sand in it will be long enough to stay moist.

We cover our sandbox in addition to preserving the purity of the sand there is another very useful feature.At the time, children's games, it is able to miraculously transform into two comfortable benches with backs, which can comfortably get mom and dad to watch the game of your baby.

Sandbox with lid and a bench with their hands - step by step guide


  1. necessary materials and tools
  2. Construction sandbox

necessary materials and tools

as the material for the construction of the sandbox, I recommend using wood,resistance to weathering, rot and insects and thus does not exude toxic fumes as a commercially available plastic boxes.

NOT used for building sandbox chipboard and wood treated with preservative under pressure.It contains formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals which serve to protect the wood against rot and insects.Making the sandbox of such materials is equivalent to what you just give the kid a sandwich with arsenic, tie his eyes and send out to play ...

For this project you will need to purchase the following hardware and fittings:

  • Packaging 30 mmscrews - long enough to securely fasten wooden structural elements, but not so long to go through two boards and injure your baby;
  • eight (or twelve) 40 mm non-separable metal hinges;

required lumber:

  • eight 2.5h15 cm 120 cm boards for the manufacture of the side walls of the sandbox;
  • twelve 2.5h10 cm 120 cm boards for the manufacture of the top cover (try to choose high-quality, smooth, well-planed boards, because some of them will serve as seats and backs);
  • six 2.5h7.5 see bars 20 cm in length for fastening the seat boards (make sure that the surface of the bar is well treated, because otherwise you would have to regularly extract the splinter from your little priests Razor);
  • four 2.5h7.5 cm bar length of 45 cm for fastening planks and backrest hold back in an upright position;
  • four 5x10 cm bar length of 28 cm to reinforce the corners of the box (to make the design really strong, you can use the bars section 10x10 cm).

fact that you probably already have (if not, you should immediately buy it):

  • Cordless drill.I strongly recommend the tool manufactured by Hitachi.I bought a similar set and regularly use them.This tiny drill capable of anything.It has a hammer mechanism and therefore does not require the application special efforts.Lithium-ion batteries work almost always charged and almost instantly.
  • 3 mm drill bit to drill pilot holes in the boards to prevent splitting of wood.
  • circular saw.I have no saws Hitachi, even though I have great pleasure would enjoy it.I just do not have to cut enough to justify its price.I use the tool easier.
  • staple gun.It will come in handy for fixing a material that prevents the growth of weeds.
  • elbow.This tool for cutting straight lines and right angles of construction, of course, will be very useful in this project.
  • Pencil.

it will look like our sand box is closed.

Construction sandbox

Before the construction of the children's sandbox with a lid, make drawings.I purposely did not give here their schemes, sketches and calculations.It is possible that you will want to make a sandbox other dimensions, and then my drawings you can only confuse.Carefully read the article, grab a paper, a pencil and draw a sandbox that corresponds to your needs.But after that you can take and tools.

work should start with the blank boards and bars of desired length.Making the cut boards, take into account that the cutting width of the saw blade is about 3 mm.Although this quantity is negligible, it should be taken into account to reduce errors and to minimize inaccuracies.

When all sawn wooden elements, you can start assembly.Remember to drill pilot holes before screwing in the screws.

Building box sandbox start with the assembly of the square base.For this I used a 120 cm long boards fastened together at the corners by four bars 5x10 cm height 28 cm. Use a square to make sure that all the angles of the real line (or eventually you get shaky and the curve box).Secure the perimeter of the square number 2.5h15 see boards by screwing each end of the board by two screws.Repeat the operation, "girded" bars-second pillar (top) next to the boards.As a result, you get quite rugged design.If all your measurements are correct, the box should turn out not quite square (its sides are equal to 120 and 125 cm), as the short side of the planks overlap the ends of the long side of the boards.

Once you have completed the manufacture of the box, you can assign a material to prevent the growth of weeds.Do not pull it too tight, leave enough slack, otherwise it may break - affect uneven ground and the weight of the sand.(The picture shown is not the sandbox, and the two beds, but fundamental differences in stacking protection from weeds for these structures is not.)


can now engage in the manufacture of the lid.Sort cooked 2.5h10 see the board on the quality of the surface.Most rough planed is located closer to the edge, the smoothest - closer to the center.Thus each board put a smooth side down (to sand).Each half of the cover is composed of three pairs of boards.

Attach the screws to the extreme pair of planks assembled before the square boxes, do not forget to pre-drill pilot holes 3 mm drill.Do not tighten the screws too tightly, so that the wood is not cracked.Between the boards, I advise you to leave a gap of 1 cm.


next couple of boards will serve as seats, so carefully grind sandpaper lower their side.Connect with rigidly fixed to the box seat boards is through the metal loops, and between a board will be linked by three short bars thickness of 2.5 cm and a width of 7.5 cm (the same bars will not subsequently overturn the rear seat backrest).To better understand the above, look at the first photos, featured on this page.


Place the assembled seat on a couple rigidly fixed to the box boards, and between them put a pencil.Last generate optimum clearance for the hinge.Secure hinges with screws and repeatedly raise and lower the seat to make sure that everything works.To mount the seat (and then his back), you can use not two, but three loops, distributing them evenly over the length of the board.


And finally, the last couple of boards will serve as a back bench.It will also be secured by a hinge.Secure the loop (in front of the first set), as shown in the photographs.This use is only one plank back.

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Now you can install and secure the last, the sixth board.To do this you need 2.5h7.5 see bars 45 cm long. They will serve a dual purpose - to fasten together the board back and prevent tip over backwards.One end of each bar to be aligned with the edge of the last (sixth) of the board, wherein the second end by about 4 cm to close the second board.Make sure that the bars are perpendicular to the cover boards, and all gaps are aligned.Attach the bars with screws (only the fifth and sixth boards!).


After I finished my child started to play in a new sandbox, I realized that it had a structural disadvantage.A child who rises out of the sand to sit on the bench, will inevitably catch at the top of the back, to help themselves.This leads to an increase in the load on the screws holding the hinges to the back seat.It seems to me that even if I have to hinge use longer screws and somehow was able to screw them, without breaking the surface of the board (but this task is not an easy task), loops in time still to burst.I found a solution to this problem - you need to make small wooden rotating latch that will hold firmly back in the upright position.

As I implemented his idea, you can see in the photographs.To establish such a closing device is necessary for each of the holding back of the bar (ie the two latches on each cover).

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That's my sandbox ready with a lid and a bench, the circuit construction of which, I hope, have become clear.Now you can own hands to make a place where your child will be a great pleasure to transform into an architect and builder albeit still just sand castles.

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