So I had 2 beams left from building our pergola.
I wanted to give them some good use, so we came up with the idea of building a sandbox for our daughter.
The items I used are:
- 2 impregnated wooden beams 75x225x6000mm @ €43,80 in total
- 4 concrete plates 40x250x3cm @ €87,60 in total
- 4 concrete poles 40x40x80cm @ € 56,85 in total
- 3 kubic meter ( 5000 kg) washed sand @ €98,10 in total
- 1 cover to place over the sandbox 255x255cm @ €96,15 in total
- 24 pole holders 7x7cm @ €96,96
- 2 impregnated poles 68x68x240cm @ €13,98
- 100 wood bolts M8 8,0x30mm @€5,30
- 100 spacers M8 @ €4,74
So the total cost was around €500.
I little bit much than I wanted to spend but hey, nothing beats the smile of your child.
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Step 1: Choosing a Location
As we had just built our pergola, the sandbox would be placed next to it.
This way we had a view on the box, and it falls in the shades.
I started with laying out the concrete plates so I had an idea of where to dig.
Step 2: Digging
I did the digging by hand.
Just a shovel and my wheelbarrow.
I dug 40cm deep, leveling it a bit on the bottom.
Step 3: Placing the Edges
Next step was placing the concrete corners.
I used a grounddrill to make some holes, placing them level.
I then placed the concrete plates in them.
At the bottom I placed some anti weed cloth.
Step 4: Cutting the Beams
I cut the beams at the right length and prepared the pole holders.
Step 5: Start Filling Up the Sandbox
Now I could start filling up the sandbox.
Again I used my shovel and my wheelbarrow, manually filling the pit.
Halfway trough I let my daughter already play in it.
She loved it.
Step 6: All Filled Up
I finished filling up the pit.
I placed the beams in place.
The only thing I still have to do, is placing the pole holders underneath the beams so the wood won't come in contact with the ground and creating a little bench all around the sandbox.
Step 7: Conclusion
It took me 6 hours to remove all the ground from the put.
It took me 3 hours to place te concrete poles and plates.
It took me 2 hours to prepare the wooden beams.
It took me 3 hours to fill the sandbox.
It will take me about 2 hours to place the pole holders.
It will take me about 2 hours to finalize the whole thing.
With finalizing I mean sanding the beams to prevent splinters and using my mill to cut the corners off the beams making it a bit safer.
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Step 8: Creating a Bench
I have raised the beams a bit so it creates a bench to sit on.
I used the pole holders to raise them a bit.
I used my leveling laser to define the middle of the pole holder and measured from a side of the beam to define the center.
I used long bolts to connect both together (beams and pole holders).
I used 6 pole holders/beam to keep it all steady.
I drilled holes in the beams so that the bolts don't stick out.
Afterwards I used silicones to cover the bolts.
My custom made cloth arrived too, so I can easily open or close the sandbox.
When it's closed you can still play on it.