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Project by Jeff Dubofsky posted 06-29-2009 11:02 PM 2149 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project to do, though it pushed size limits of my small (15X25) shop. The total dimensions are 6.5’X6.5’X13”. It’s made of cedar and it rests on pressure treated 2×4’s to further reduce the chance of rot. I sprayed it with two coats of outdoor stain. All the panels, mitres and trim frames are biscuit joined, and the top is secured with glue and pocket screws

I’ve never been a real fan of sandboxes, but after some prodding by my mother-in-law to build something to keep the boys a little busier in the summer months, I decided to build one. The boys love it, and I’m warming up to it! :-)

-- jdubo, Hartland Wisconsin..."See a flaw in my work? Take a (big) step back!"

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#1 posted 06-29-2009 11:11 PM

Real nice sandbox. Next thing ya need to make is a cover for it to keep the cats out of it.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#2 posted 06-29-2009 11:30 PM

You bet… the blue tarp I’m currently using is effective, but a little “unsightly”...thanks!

-- jdubo, Hartland Wisconsin..."See a flaw in my work? Take a (big) step back!"

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#4 posted 06-30-2009 05:26 PM

What a cool project. Also you have a really nice looking lawn. I’ve been asked by my wife to build a sandbox as well. Any fear that the sand over-spill will affect your surrounding grass? That’s my only worry at the moment. Great project. You took backyard kid construction to a fine woodworking level.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#5 posted 06-30-2009 06:04 PM

That’s ‘bout one of the best sandboxes I’ve seen.

Beautiful sylvan surrournds.

One thing, overnight animal vistors could be an issue. Needs a cover and your personal inspection all the time.

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#6 posted 06-30-2009 06:06 PM

An all around thanks! At this point the kids have their marching orders to do their best to keep the sand inside the box, though my 15 month old hasn’t quite mastered it yet :-). I have the same concern, and I’ll keep you posted on the surrounding lawn’s progress. If we don’t give the kids a good hosing off after their play time, sand has found its way into the house….but, it’s minimal and all in the name of having some fun! It’s important that before the installation to cut out the grass that it will rest on, grade the dirt level and roll out a quality weed barrier over the dirt before the sand goes in. Since I made mine out of cedar I figured I should rest it on pressure treated 2×4’s. The 2X4’s ar then staked into the dirt and then the base of the box is screwed into the the 2X4’s to keep it from moving. The base of the box could be made (or in its entirety) out of pressure treated lumber, but I liked the look of the cedar.

Thanks again!

-- jdubo, Hartland Wisconsin..."See a flaw in my work? Take a (big) step back!"

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#7 posted 02-06-2010 04:10 PM

Looks great! It will last longer than your boys’ interest in playing in it.

-- MtnMystic, Colorado,

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#8 posted 03-05-2010 10:32 PM

Guaranteed your boys will remember that gift forever… Don’t forget the cat repellant :)

-- "Every hundred years, all new people"

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