Sandbox with Benches

For the last year we have been kicking around making a sandbox. We really needed a cover and really wanted seats. So this worked out perfect. We did modify the plan a little to make it just a little bigger. It is 4' x 5' instead of the 4'x4' called for in the plans. Very easy to build...we have very little building experience and pulled it off. We did dig out the grass where the box was going to sit and stapled 2 layers of landscaping fabric to the bottom of the box frame. We also sealed the main box frame with a little silicone to minimize sand leakage.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used
Miniwax Polystain (Stain and Urethane in one) in Pecan color
Recommended Skill Level


Lady Goats

Sun, 05/06/2012 - 21:06

Widening that had a HUGE impact! Did that mean you had to double the 1x4s you bought? Very nice!


Mon, 05/07/2012 - 05:32

Thanks. There are the same number of 1x4s on the top they are just longer. I was worried about the benches sagging because of the increased length and was prepared with scrap 2x4s to add support under the first two boards if needed but it doesn't seem to be a problem. We only widened it to 5' though...I think at some point that extra support would be needed.