I am so happy with how this latest project turned out! The wanted to build the kids a sandbox of some sort, but I knew I wanted it to have a lid. I also knew I didn’t want it to be huge. So… I did a little designing, and this is what I came up with…
How fun is that? Literally! 😉 The best part? I built the whole thing for under $30. Yep… That’s a cheap babysitter friends!
And, we have some SUPER exciting news for you guys! We have had an overwhelming amount of requests to offer free printable plans for our DIY projects. We teamed up with Jay of Jay’s Custom Creations to put all of Shanty’s original ideas into printable plans for our readers. We will still offer the same detailed tutorial to help walk you through the plans! We will also be updating our site daily with new plans from our past projects, so enjoy!
Just click the photo below to access the free plans for this sand table! All of our free plans include your supply list and cut list… Woohoo!
Let’s get started!
I assembled two sides first. I used my completely awesome Kreg Jig
for this part. I use the K5 model now, which is my very favorite yet. It has so many cool features that make it even more user friendly. This is how the 2×3 pieces will look in the Kreg Jig. I used 1.5″ pocket holes for this whole piece.
All of my 2×3 pieces looked like this before moving forward…
To assemble the sides, I used 2.5″ pocket hole screws. You may notice that mine are blue. Kreg makes Blue-Kote screws for outdoor projects. I love these, and actually use them for some of my indoor stuff as well. I knew this table would be holding a lot of weight with the sand, so I used a good amount of wood glue in all my seams before attaching them.
I used my Ryobi 18V drill with the Kreg driver to attach the screws.
Here is what both of my first sides looked like at this point…
Next, I attached both sides together with my 18.5″ pieces. I used the same method to attach these.
Here are my first two sides attached. I was photobombed by my 3-year old on this one 😉 She ‘managed’ the whole build actually.
And now attach the other 2 side pieces like this…
I added the opposite side pieces the same way and I was ready for my planks on the bottom!
For this part, I used my Ryobi AirStrike cordless nail gun. You all NEED one. This is one of the coolest tools in my garage. I just added some wood glue under each plank, and attached them into the 2×3 using 1 1/4″ brad nails.
And, to keep this bad boy from turning into a neighborhood litter box, I designed a lid for the top! I used the Kreg Jig to plank the pieces together. For this part I used 3/4″ pocket holes and 1.25″ pocket hole screws. This is what the boards look like in the Kreg Jig.
After attaching the planks, I trimmed the outside with my 1×2! I used the nail gun and glue on this part as well.
The tub I used is an all purpose mixing tub I found at Lowe’s in the concrete aisle. Home Depot carries them as well, but you may need to change the dimensions a bit if it is not the exact same as the one I used. These run about $6 a piece, and the size of my tub is 26″ x 20″.
My final step was finishing it off. Some parents may choose to be really cool and paint theirs a fun color… I chose to make it pretty for outside instead 😉 I used Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Carrington.
Because this piece will be sitting outside, I also finished the stain off with two coats of Spar Varnish.
And here it is all finished!!
I added some black sash pulls to each side of the lid…
I have some very satisfied customers if you can’t tell 😉
I would LOVE for you to share this table and pin it with all your friends! Let me know if you have any questions at all.