I can’t believe summer is right around the corner… and my to-do-list is very long this year.
I have been wanting to build a covered sandbox for the kids but we didn’t want it take up any lawn space and I wanted to be able to move it around if I needed more patio space. SO we decided to put it on wheels. (Great idea honey). In hindsight we should have used bigger casters and wheels. These ones are a little small for the size.
I saw a few different plans for some smaller sandboxes on pinterest. (Which is always great for some inspiration) Here are some great plans I found on Ever Brooke.com.
We didn’t really have a drawn up plan before we headed to the store for supplies.. THAT is how hubby and I roll most of the time.. just wing it!
Getting the kids involved is a must in our house.
…and so happy to be daddies helper.
We used the plans we found online for the most part but adapted it a bit so we could make it bigger and stronger to accommodate the wheels. It is going to be pretty heavy with all the sand in there.
Hubby stained the boards before we got started since we didn’t get treated lumber.* be sure to stain all sides.
We made the frame 5.5′ x 6.5′. So quite big … and use 2″x 8″ boards for this part.
After adding a plywood bottom we braced it with some 1″x 6 ” boards and added the casters and wheels before laying it down. We used 3″ screws for this.
We used some caulking to seal the base and painted the top of the plywood with 3 coats of stain. I’m hoping to keep a lot of the rain out with the canopy but any heavy rain fall and the sand is going to get wet so we don’t want the water soaking into the plywood.
Here shows that we added some 1″x 2″ boards for more support since we are adding a 1″x 6″ around the top edge for the kiddos to sit on.
We made one side higher than the other on the canopy frame so the water would run off easier. My hubby purchased the sand from a landscaping place for $15. A LOT CHEAPER THAN BY THE BAG !!
I made the canopy cover out of some outdoor fabric from fabric.com. I purchased 4 yards for about $35 CAN.
So the total cost was around $200 for all the wood, stain and fabric…AND it turned out great! Thanks honey.. one more thing off my to-do-list!
I know this will be well used this summer…My son has been in it every day since we filled it with sand.
~In a family love is spelled time ~