|Project by edwood1975||posted 05-27-2016 03:59 PM||1041 views||7 times favorited||6 comments|
So I saw this really cool sandpit online that I really wanted to make for my 3 year old son, what I really like is that there are 2 bench style seats that when he is done playing with it fold away to become an entire cover for the pit that keep big creatures away from the sand , last thing I need is to be cleaning turds from various creatures out of, the only draw back I can see is that it will not keep out all the elements so I will probably throw a tarp over it when the wet and snow season. There is no social joinery on this its all but joint but I did put dowels to cover all screw holes and flush cut the dowels
Anyway materials needed for this project:( all wood in this project is pressure treated, suitable for ground contact)
(2) 2×8x8( although what I saw online was 1×8, but that wasn’t available and I had to alter the plans ever so much).
(8) butt hinges
(4) door pulls
These are some sketchup plans that are very close to the finished project the only thing I added was 2 center braces in the middle of the cover which when rotated forms more support for the back of the seat.
This is the basic frame, made with 2×8 and each end overhangs 1 3/4”
Step 2: is placing that back 2 pieces.. Note that that these are the only 2 1×4,s that are actually screwed to the frame ( this acts as a reinforcement for the seat when it’s opened up
Step 3: making the seat base, please be care so as to position the 2×4x7.5” pieces so as that it clears the walls of the base, these 2×4’s double as arm rests, I also rounded over the 2×4’s so as that the kids didn’t scratch there arms on it. It’s also a good idea to round out the seat edge for the same reason.
The seat back is constructed from 2×4’s braces and 1×4’s the braces act as a support structure for the back panel and it’s made longer because you want it to reach the bottom frame so as that the hinges aren’t the only structural mechanism to support the back of the child sitting down. You will need to position the butt hinges on the sides of the 2×4’ s ( inside edge)
This is the unit closed.
This is the box opened with the seats assembled
All that’s left us to place the 4 handles on the braces, put 6/7 bags of play sand and 1 child…
It really enjoyed this project , now on to the raised planter where I will ne trying out a new tool, biscuit joiner,!!!!!