Sand & Water Table

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Project by EdsCustomWoodCrafts posted 07-28-2018 03:28 AM 815 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since my son has been born I have been making a lot of play centers for him around the house, last summer he just loves this old water table that had been given to him from his aunts he played with it everyday until it fell apart.

So I have been meaning to build him a new one because I know that he will use it almost every day.

I looked for inspiration online and came across a set of plans from Ana and I used these to build the table. In her plans she uses 2 Tupperware containers as the basis for the build, all the dimensions of the table are base around these containers. The table measures 48” wide x 24” high x 18” deep.

Some of the features that I put on the table are as follows

I added a router profile around the table to soften the sharp edges, so as that my son would not scrape himself
I also counter-sunk all the screw holes so as that they would not be visable.
I also added a round-over router profile to the shelf slats to give it that clean look.
The project could not be any easier as it is built solely with butt joints, screws and glue. You don’t need all the fancy tools either to make, you could literally make it with:


I did however make use of all the tools that I had at my disposal which include:
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Router table

I really wanted to make it out of cedar boards but for some reason cedar has suddenly become difficult to purchase in my area, so I decided to make it out of pressure treated wood.

In this picture I started by making the upper frame

Then made the lower frame which will be the bottom shelf

Next I made the legs by adding a little tapper on the bottom inside faces

Then attached them to the upper frame.

Secured the slats to the lower frame

Secured the lower shelf in place and securing them with screws

This was a fun little project and my son loves playing with it, he didn’t want sand in his table and so we made two water containers and that’s probably a good thing , mud comes to mind.

Thanks for reading and have a great day

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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#1 posted 07-28-2018 03:35 AM

Very creative project. One your son will remember in years to come. NICE!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 07-28-2018 03:47 AM

Very creative project. One your son will remember in years to come. NICE!

- woodbutcherbynight

Thanks a lot, my sentiments exactly

-- Thanks Ed “A bad day woodworking is better than a good day working. ~Author unknown”

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#3 posted 07-28-2018 03:42 PM

Congratulations. Your son will be pleased.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 07-28-2018 06:59 PM

Great job, and with a few tweaks I can see this design serving multiple functions – sand/water play table, toy storage, place to keep ice/drinks during parties, storage place for garden tools/supplies. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 07-28-2018 10:19 PM

Thanks for the photos taken at different stages of the build. That’s always very helpful for anyone who wants to make one of these for themselves. Great job.

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. -

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