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This Guy Made An Awesome Sandbox With Benches For His Kids

Growing up, my sandbox was a backyard oasis where I could truly escape the stresses of being a kid, while simultaneously exploring my creative side.

There were only ever two downsides to spending all day, every day in my sandbox: the uncomfortable feeling of having sand in every nook and cranny and keeping wildlife from taking up shelter in it.

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Luckily, Reddit user darwin_thornberry has found a way to solve both problems. He built an awesome sandbox for his children with collapsible benches that also serve as a lid. This design is so cool, it only makes me more jealous that someone didn’t think of it sooner.

He began by assembling a wooden base with plenty of room for sand.

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Next, he laid out a series of two-by-fours that he would eventually transform into two benches.

He added sets of hinges that would allow the wooden boards to serve a double purpose.

With the bench seats completed, he began work on the back supports.

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To make the benches fully collapsible, he needed to add more hinges to the back supports.

With both benches finished, the sandbox was mostly complete. All that was left to do was put it in place and add sand.

Now darwin_thornberry‘s kids have an amazing spot to play without getting sand in…uncomfortable places.

Plus, they can keep all kinds of critters out with the collapsible seats that double as a lid!

Oh the things I would have done for a backyard box like this when I was little! For the full instructions, click here.

An Aunt Spotted A $20 Desk And Transformed It Into A Sandpit For Her Niece

When you can’t go to the beach, it’s nice to have a little slice of that paradise closer to home.

As much as I loved spending every waking minute of my youth playing at the beach, I knew my parents couldn’t afford a three-month stay in a beachfront cottage, so I had the next best thing; a sandbox. That little space was perhaps the only reason I would go outside to play in the summer, and it was my favorite toy until a baby toad took it over as his new home — but I digress.

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Understanding the multitude of fun that can be had in a sandbox, decided to build her great niece one for when she came over to visit. Purchasing a $20 desk online, she was able to transform it into the prettiest sandpit I’ve ever seen.

After picking up the desk, was disappointed with its condition and decided that it would be put to better use by repurposing it.

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She purchased a plastic container that could hold quite a bit of sand and traced the dimensions of the bin onto the desk.

Using a jigsaw, she cut out the space and removed a good portion of the desk to better serve a tiny toddler.

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She dismantled the desk drawers and added a piece of wood to hide the plastic container.

All that was left to do was sand down the rough edges and give the desk a fresh coat of stain.

Now her great niece can enjoy all the perks of playing at the beach without having to leave the house!

Check out how Anita made the adorable chair by visiting her blog here.