Introduction: Building a Large Sandbox With Bench Seat Lids
This is a nice 4' x 4' sand box with lids that open to bench seating. This was inspired by some other DIY projects I found. I did this using all scrap materials.
Step 1: Getting Materials Ready
* 18 - 4' 2x4's TOP AND SIDES
*6 - 45" 2x4's ENDS
*4- 2' 2x4's LID STRINGERS
*4 - 9" 2x4's BENCH LEGS
*8 - 10' 2X4'S SIDE TIES
*4 door hinges 3 1/2"
24 1 1/2" exterior screws
exterior 3" screws
finish of choice
1000lbs of play sand or commercial sand
Step 2: Assembly
I built it in three square sections and stacked them. Use the 4' sections on the sides screw the 45" pieces in the insides thus creating 4' boxes.
Use the eight 10" pieces to tie it all together on the inside.
Next lay out the 12 4' 2x4's of top across the top with a 1/2" gap between.
use the 2' pieces on edge to tie them together and add the 9" legs at 90 degrees . see pics
Next attach the hinges with 1 1/2" screws.
the top is a little trickier than it sounds
Step 3: Prep and Paint
Sand off the rough edges and finish how ever you wish.
I used Drylok I had left over. I figured it would hold up to water. Then I sprayed it with left over barn paint.
Next I stapled weed barrier across the bottom to keep out the mud . I didn't get a pic of this.
Step 4: Just Add Sand and Kids
I finished up with 1/2 ton of sand , yes 1000lbs. Do your wallet a favor and find a sand/ rock/ landscape supply to buy in bulk. Play sand is $4.50 an 60lbs bag. I paid $5 for 1900lbs!!!! get a truck and DIY.