My children have been asking for a Sandpit to play in, in the garden, and this is something that we have encouraged to keep them from digging up the veg in the raised beds.
After looking into purchasing a prefabricated sandpit we quickly discovered that to buy something that will last three small children (and big enough for them to all get in) we’d be spending £100 plus for effectively a softwood box with a canvas lid.
Having mastered the basics of Wood Working at Junior School (eg, which end of the saw to hold, and which end goes in first with a screw) I felt that perhaps this is something I could tackle myself without making too much of a mess.
So first things first, need to get some wood. As luck would have it I have some spare parts left from a previous project sitting down the side of the house just getting in the way. What is more, this is preserved, and treated hardwood, that should last +25 years with very little maintenance. The wood in question was delivered rough-sawn, and nothing that my power-sander couldn’t smooth out.
So first to inspect the spare wood … how large can we go?
Cutting the wood down to size and getting some straight edges
Quality of Work being inspected by a small child.
Now That’s What I Call Entertainment!
Screwing it together
Weed Control Membrane being stapled into place and then Duct-Taped
Let there be Play Sand! All 350kg of it.
Quick Prototype – I think it’s going to work!
After adding 300kg of Sand, I think that is enough!
The costs for this project were a green-tarp from Argos (£10) to act as a cover, and the Sand from B&Q; (£61). The Wood, screws, weed control membrane, Duct-tape, Sandpaper, and Staples were all left over from another project.
Total cost, £71 and a lot of fun!
Conclusion. If you want a sandpit, have got basic woodworking skills, buy some chunky preserved wood, and put something together yourself. It’s easy, rewarding, and can be used as a raised bed when your children grow out of it!