Tuesday, July 6, 2010

How To Build a Sandbox...

...in just nine easy steps.

Step 1: Decide on a 8 ft. by 8 ft. area where you want your sandbox, and shovel out all the lava rock (about a half ton worth).

Step 2: After lava rock is cleared away, dig the area down 6 in.

Step 3: Pickaxe (and wife) may be required to break up rocky soil and tree roots.

Step 4: Measure, cut, and join framing together. 

Step 5: Tack landscaping fabric along the bottom of the frame to keep the sand up and the weeds down.

Step 6: Test the payload capacity of your truck by hauling 1.25 tons.

Step 7: Add brace benches while warding off children eager to play in sand.

Step 8: Dump in 1 ton of sand. Be sure to clear the area of children first.

Step 9: Play in sand to see how it feels. Decide you need another half-ton of sand.



  1. Neat! No cover - what about cats and other animals?

  2. Mark Knapp5:45 AM

    Actually we made a cover the following day. I used PVC pipe to make a square frame, then tightly wrapped a tarp over it. It fits over the top perfectly and is light enough for the kids to put on and off.

  3. What a fun and exciting project (and finished project) for your two adorable boys! Great depository for all their trucks, too! ;)

  4. that's really neat! i bet they will enjoy hauling those rocks in their trucks. :) is the landscaping fabric porous enough to drain water?

  5. Mark Knapp8:07 AM

    Yes, it is. :)

  6. Will be doing this as well! Current project is the chicken coop, though. :-) Nice work, you guys...I love seeing what your family is up to, such good parents you guys are!