I went over to Home Depot and picked up the pine boards (I didn’t want to use pressure treated in an area with kids). I bought six 50 lbs bags of play sand to get started (I think we will need another 6 or so to fill the 18 sf). Here's another project I failed to blog about in a timely manner but I loved the project so much that I don't want it to get lost. I had seen these online but couldn't find a tutorial at the time so I just made it up as I went along. UPDATE: Do NOT use fence boards like I did unless you know of a better way to make the screws through the hinges hold. I didn't take step-by-step photos but I can break down the slat and hinge placement for you based on my sandbox design. This was to ensure boards 3 and 4 (counting in from each side) would overlap 1 and 2 when the top is folded back to form the bench. These 2x4s underneath keep them from bowing down towards the sand when a little tush sits on the bench.
Between boards 2 and 3, I screwed in two hinges so that board 3 could fold back onto board 2. I folded 3 back on 2 and then measured and cut the arm wrests and bench supports you see on top of the bench then attached those to boards 3 and 4 (which was already attached to 5). Finally, I attached longer scrap 2x4s to both hold boards 5 and 6 together as well as to provide support for the back of the bench.
I had the guy at HD cut the 2?10 boards for me, since my saw only cuts up to a 2?8 in one pass.
Attach handles if you are using them (we chose not to since it is pretty easy to lift the way it is).

We have a summer cold going through the house and are hoping a quiet weekend will give everyone the rest that they need.
I was wanting to do it without them, but don’t want to weaken it if they are necessary for support. If the first 2 boards are permanently in place, how does the back fold up and the armrest in place?
Any of the screws that didn't go through to a 2x4 didn't hold and there are a couple of places where a 2x4 can't go without messing up how this folds. The primary goal of a sandbox lid (for us anyway) is to keep animals from depositing little gifts in the sandbox.
They're comfortable and sturdy and the Snickerdoodle can even open and close the sandbox on his own. First of all, I laid out all the slats to ensure 12 of them would fit side-by-side with a slight gap every 2nd board.
These hinges faced down so they would ultimately fold the opposite direction as the ones between 2 and 3.
When the sandbox is open, these boards rest firmly against the base of the sandbox to support the back rest of the bench. My first passion is my family but from there on out it's just a scattered mix of things I love to do . Of course I hadn’t double checked my measurements so I still ended up having to cut the shorter pieces again at home. This allows you to install these in a flat position instead of at an angle (since these hinges are on the inside when the sandbox is closed). Please join me in the adventures of renovating old homes while trying to raise our young modern family.

This sandbox is just a frame surrounding a hole we dug in our yard that we then filled with sand. I need to add some handles to make it easier but haven't gotten around to it yet (I keep forgetting to buy them). This ensured the screws going through the hinge on board 2 would be tighter since they went into the 2x4 as well.
They warped a bit in the sunshine but look surprisingly straight now that we're in the rainy season. We decided to go with a 5?x4? design so that the kids would have a little bit more space for playing and to fill out the space. If you have a piece of scrap wood or cardboard and the right thickness this will help keep the joints even. Whatever you use, make sure it is something that will weather well (cedar is a great choice) and seal it with a deck sealer or something similar to extend its life. Since almost all the wood will be visible depending on whether it is open or closed we need to finish all of the sides. The design calls for 1x8s but since we wanted it deeper and we were widening it, I decided to increase the depth (plus a 1?10 and 2?10 are pretty much the same price). The nice thing about the plans is that they are designed to use standard length lumber, so all I needed to do was adjust a few pieces from 8? lengths to 10? lengths to make it work.
I also added an extra piece to the back of the bench on each side to accommodate the extra foot (so there are 3 boards instead of two).

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