It Might Look Like A Boring Old Box On His Lawn, But Wait Until He Opens It… Wow!

As a kid, I spent hours and hours playing in my sandbox. I would fill it with water and pretend to make magic potions or haul all my Barbies and My Little Ponies outside and play in the sand.  However, one day while playing in my sandbox (while it was filled with water) I stepped on a piece of glass which required a rushed trip to the hospital where I got 9 stitches.  Now that I have three kids of my own, I can’t help but wish we had a sandbox where they can develop their own imaginations but I worry things that shouldn’t be in their sandbox might find their way in, like that piece of glass so long ago. And then I found this amazing sandbox that has a lid to keep unwanted debris, not to mention cats who like to use sandboxes as a community litter box, out of your sandbox! AND the lid pulls double duty by folding into bench seats! You can make your own with these instructions:

It Might Look Like A Boring Old Box On His Lawn, But Wait Until He Opens It... Wow!
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Tools you’ll need:

 Miter Saw

A power drill with 1/8″ bit and Phillips head bit

Safety glasses

Wood you’ll need:

(11)  2×6 boards that are 10 feet long

(4) 2×6 boards that are 8 feet long

(4) 2×4 boards that are 8 feet long

Hardware you’ll need:

(4) 4 inch T-hinges (pictured below)

(4) 11 inch regular hinges (pictured below)

(125)  2.5 inch wood screws

(20): 1 inch wood screws (may be included with hinges)

4: handles

1-2: gallons of Deckover or other exterior wood paint

It Might Look Like A Boring Old Box On His Lawn, But Wait Until He Opens It... Wow!
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11 inch regular hinge

It Might Look Like A Boring Old Box On His Lawn, But Wait Until He Opens It... Wow!
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4 inch T-hinges

Step 1: Cutting All Your Wood!

It Might Look Like A Boring Old Box On His Lawn, But Wait Until He Opens It... Wow!
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Cut all 11 of your 2×6 boards in half so you now have 22 2×6 boards that are 5 feet long.

It Might Look Like A Boring Old Box On His Lawn, But Wait Until He Opens It... Wow!
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Cut your 2×4’s into the following:

4 lengths of 30 inches. These will be used to support the back of the bench.

4 lengths of 14.5 inches. These will be the arm rests on the bench.

4 lengths of 11 inches. These will be the corner supports.

(In the picture above, the armrest is beveled on the outside instead of squared off.)

Step 2: Painting

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Paint all sides of your boards with deckover paint (either use a paint brush or roller). Make sure to lay down plastic wrap and scraps of wood that you can lay your boards on. Allow to dry for two days.

Step 3: Assembling the box

It Might Look Like A Boring Old Box On His Lawn, But Wait Until He Opens It... Wow!
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You will need:

(4)  5 foot length 2×6’s

(4) 8 foot lengths 2×6’s

(4) 11 inch 2×4’s

2.5 inch screws.

On a flat surface, lay an 8′ 2×6 on its edge, then place a 5′ 2×6 so they come to a square. Drill two guide holes through the 5′ board into the 8′ board and secure with two screws (it’s important to drill the guide holes so the wood does not split). Repeat the process with each corner creating the bottom level of the box.

Repeat the above steps to create the 2nd box which will be layered on top of the first.

It Might Look Like A Boring Old Box On His Lawn, But Wait Until He Opens It... Wow!
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Stack the two boxes on top of each other and place an 11 inch 2×4 in each corner, standing vertically. Secure each 2×4 to both sides of the box (top and bottom) with 2.5″ screws (don’t forget to drill guide holes to prevent the wood from splitting).

It Might Look Like A Boring Old Box On His Lawn, But Wait Until He Opens It... Wow!
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It Might Look Like A Boring Old Box On His Lawn, But Wait Until He Opens It... Wow!
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Step 4: Assembling the seats

It Might Look Like A Boring Old Box On His Lawn, But Wait Until He Opens It... Wow!
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You will need:

(3)  5 foot length 2×6’s

(2) 14.5 inch 2×4’s

To assemble the seats, lay the armrests nearly 5 feet apart, then place three of the 2x6s across them so all the ends are even. Measure in 3 inches from each end and draw a line with a pencil. Then carefully adjust the armrest underneath until the board is centered on the line. Secure with 6 of the 2.5 inch screws (2 on each board) to secure the armrest on each end. Make sure to stagger the screws so they won’t split the wood from being in a straight line.  Repeat the above steps to make the second seat.

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