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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.

What This Guy Did With Some Wood And A Power Drill Will Make You Feel Patriotic

Did you know that there’s a U.S. Flag Code?

It’s a long list of rules for displaying, disposing of, and respecting our country’s national symbol. While this guy’s project technically goes against the part in the code stating, “The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything,” according to a Reddit commenter, there’s no need to worry. “Courts have ruled that would be an unconstitutional infringement on your right to freedom of speech.”

So, if you want to recreate his inspiring piece of furniture, here’s how to get started!

Wanting his flag table to be proportionate to the real thing, he sketched out some designs.

He decided on different waxes and stains to achieve the red, white, and blue hues.

He went to Home Depot to load up on wood.

He made sure to get everything cut to size there.

He tested his specs out and they worked for his space!

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So he started staining! These are pieces of the frame and red stripes.

Looking good.

Then it was time for the canton section.

He began putting the frame together.

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Well-placed pocket screws hold much of the table together.

With supports in place on the bottom of the table, he put on some hairpin legs.

Then it was time for the stars! He drew up the pattern on a computer program.

A friend of his was able to print the stencil out…

And after a coat of silver spray paint, the stars look perfect!

Finally, he applied two coats of spray polyurethane and two coats of brush-on satin-finish polyurethane.

We salute your creativity, sir!

(source Reddit)

How amazing is that? I’m pretty jealous of this table!

A Handy Dad Shows Us How To Make A Simple Playhouse From Pallets — Awesome!

Getting your kids to go outside and play can be like pulling teeth.

Unless you have a sweet swing set, a cool pool, or some awesome outdoor toys, they’re more likely to want to stay indoors where there’s no dirt and plenty of snacks.

So how do you get them outdoors without physically locking them out for a few hours in the afternoon? (By the way, never do that!)

Well, one dad came up with a genius idea that involved just a few wooden pallets and two days of work. Get ready to be jealous of his parenting skills…

It’s great that he made this bare bones so that his kids can grow into it, decorate the house, and add to the space however they want.

What a fun, quick project! So, what are you waiting for? Time to start hoarding pallets!

Without The Use Of Nails Or Glue, This Guy Created The Coolest Doghouse For His Pup

When his dog needed a little alone time from an unruly toddler, this dad decided to build it something incredible: a doghouse made without fasteners, nails, or glue. That way, this fortress of solitude could be dismantled and reassembled quickly. So with a bit of free time on his hands, and a very deserving dog, he set to work creating something from scratch.

He began by making a miniature model of the doghouse.

That way, he could plan how it would all come together without wasting materials.

When he figured out what plan would work, he assembled all the materials and tools he’d need to complete the job.

Materials:

  • Pinewood timber
  • Birch plywood of 4 mm thickness
  • White oak veneer
  • High-gloss lacquer wood wax glue

Tools:

  • Circular saw
  • Planer and thickness planer
  • Chisel and hammer
  • Paint sprayer scissors
  • Knife

Then it was time to start building out the frame using a series of wood sidings and notched ends.

The notched or slotted ends allowed for a nail-free structure.

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Next, he built out the frame.

Then it came time to build the walls; he cut wood panels that would fit in the grooves he’d made in the frame.

Looking good (complete with doghouse siding)!

Finally, he sealed the walls with a high-gloss lacquer after sanding them down.

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The result was something pretty special, including a roof that could be removed in an instant for quick access to the dog.

Now it was time to test it out — he put a blanket and a pup inside to make sure everything fit right.

Perfect!

Although, his dog still may need a little more alone time…

If you’d like to see the specific instructions for building this awesome doghouse, check out the full gallery here. It’ll show you everything you need to know to build your own!