Every kid should have his or her own sandbox to play in with friends. You will be amazed at how much fun your child will have racing cars through the sand, building sandcastles, or simple sitting and wiggling toes in the warm sand. Sandboxes have long been a favorite pastime for children of all ages. It used to be that parents would take their children to the local park to enjoy a sandbox. However, with a little space and creativity, you can create the perfect sandbox for your child that will be cherished for years.
The great thing about building a sandbox is that it is easy and for a sandbox without a cover, you can expect only to pay about $50 and with a cover, $100. Start by looking at sandboxes at parks or on the internet to get an idea of how you would like your child�s sandbox to look. The one thing you definitely want is a cover. For starters, you want your child to play in clean sand. Even if you do not have a cat, roaming cats will find the sand and soon start using it as a kitty litter. Additionally, you want to keep leaves, blowing debris, and rain out of the sand.
To get started, follow these simple guidelines and before the kids are home from school, you can have a beautiful creation waiting for them as a surprise. For starters, you will need a saw, preferably a circular saw, and a drill with a one-quarter, one-eighth, and three-quarter bit, a combination square, hammer, screwdriver, and one-half socket wrench.
You will u se 2x12 board that has been pressure treated and be sure any hardware that you might use on the cover is galvanized. Start by determining the size of sandbox you want so you know how much wood to buy. For a 6x6 foot sandbox, you would need two 12-foot 2x12 boards, cut in half or you can use four 8-foot boards, each cut 6-foot long. The corners of the wood will be joined using corner posts that will be bolted together.
To built the corner posts, you need one 2x4 that has been cut to one-foot long. On each of the sides, you will attach a one-quarter inch carriage bolt. The 2x12s will be nailed using 16-penny nails, which will be done before attached to the corner posts. You want the sides of the corner post to be secured with six carriage bolts per corner. The length for each of these bolts will be determined by the wood. You want the length to be long enough so it goes through the wood but does not protrude on the other side.
Now, nail the four boards together. Then have someone hold the corner posts in place as you drill the holes for the bolts. Start by drilling a three-quarter countersink hole that is one-half inch deep. Next, drill the one-quarter diameter holes that will go all the way through the post and the side boards, using the inside center of the countersink holes you drilled. The bolts will then be installed from the outside through the sideboards and into the post. You may need to tap a little with a hammer to get it all the way through. Now you will install a washer and nut, tightening firmly with the socket wrench.
If you want to add corner seats where your children can sit and play, you would need one one-foot strip of plywood from a four-foot length. Be sure the plywood is also pressure treated. Now cut the wood into four triangles that have one-foot sides. Using one and one-quarter exterior wood screws, you want to attach them to the corners of the sandbox. The sand can be purchased for very little and can be delivered in loose form where you would have to use a wheelbarrow to move it to the sandbox or you can also buy it in bags at home improvement stores. Your child will be thrilled and will spend hours just playing in the sand.