Building a Basic Backyard Sandbox

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro

There’s no doubt about it, kids love sand. Digging, burying, sifting, pouring, shaping, smoothing, and shoveling! Building a sandbox is actually easy enough that the kids can be quite involved in the process. This is an ideal project for Grandpa or Dad and the kids. A sandbox can bring forth hours of fair weather entertainment for your kids. All you have to do is build it, and they will come! To build your sandbox, you will need the following materials and tools:


3 8′- long 2″ x 6″ cedar boards 4 1″ x 2″ -18″ wooden stakes 40 square feet of WeedBlock Landscape Fabric (can be purchased by the roll) 25-30 50-lb. bags of play sand (we used 27) 4 #10 sinker nails 4 2-1/2″ galvanized screws, rust resistent


hammer sledge hammer scissors electric screwdriver staple gun saw (optional)

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