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Beautiful Sandbox Afternoon Project
DIY & Crafts
Please read through the entire tip before beginning this project. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly.
Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris.
Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step.
ALWAYS predrill holes before attaching with screws.
Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold.
Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain.
Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it.
2 - 1 x 8 x 8 6 - 1 x 4 x 8 1 - 2 x 4 x 8 or Stud Length You will also need: 4 sets of exterior grade hinges Rope OR 4 exterior grade handles (search "gate pull" or "gate handle")
1 1/4 inch screws
1-1/4" Pocket Hole Screws
Elmer's Wood Glue
Random Orbital Sander
Countersink Drill Bit
(a) 2 - 1 x 8 @ 47 1/2" - long sides of box
(b) 2 - 1 x 8 @ 46" - short sides of box
(c) 12 - 1 x 4 @ 47 1/2" - top planks
(d) 4 - 2 x 4 @ 7 1/2" - arm rests
(e) 4 - 2 x 4 @ 12 1/2" - back support/handle
Step 1: Create a basic box, insetting the short sides as shown above. Pre-drill through the long sides and use 1 1/4" screws.
Step 2: Screw in two planks on each side, countersinking your screws through the top. Space the boards 1/2" apart
Step 3: Create what will become the seat. Screw the 1 x 4 boards (1/2" apart) onto the 2 x 4 arm rests (d). Make sure that the 2 x 4s are at least 1" inset from the edge to allow for them to fold into the box nicely. (you'll be making two of these)
Step 4: There is no hinges in this sketch, but attach the seat that you made in step 3 to the plank you screwed in in step 2. It is easier to attach the hinge to the seat (on the side opposite the arm rests) and THEN attach it to the screwed-in plank. Make sure to space them 1/2" apart.
Step 5: Create the seat's back. (you'll be making two of these)
Screw your (e) boards to the ends of the final 1 x 4s. Make sure the 1 x 4s are spaced 1/2" apart.
If you are planning on adding rope, pre-drill through the 2 x 4 completely, between the 1 x 4s and at the bottom of the "inner" 1 x 4 (the one closer to the overhanging 2 x 4).
If you plan on adding handles, you can attach them wherever you find it pleasing.
Image for step 5
***Reminder: Hinges go on the 2nd&3rd and 4th&5th boards.
Step 6: Attach your second set of hinges to the seat back, on the opposite side of the 2 x 4s, and then attach to the seat (easy to do with the seat "up"). Make sure to space the 1/2" apart.
Preparation Instructions for perfectionists:
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry.
Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper.
Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue.
Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well.
Wipe project clean with damp cloth.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
Finish with a light varnish (dark will draw the sun and be really hot for your little ones)
You can also finish it with a coat of light coloured paint for a sharp look.