Recently, a few people sent me pictures of pallet sandboxes. Then one asked if I could try making one for her friend.
I probably stared at the pallet for the first hour:
1. Deconstructing a pallet to preserve the slats in tact is a lot of work. I wanted to keep the final cost of the sandbox low for customers.
2. Pallets are pretty rough and need a lot of sanding before sitting on them, unless you want a splinter in places that the sun don’t shine. I don’t want to make little kids cry.
3. It was a really, REALLY hot day. And it was making me cranky, thinking of sand without water nearby to go swimming in. My kiddie pool wasn’t going to cut it.
Deciding to scrap the pictures, I experimented with an original design. I used extra pieces of wood to fill in the spaces, and professional grade garden liner covers the interior to keep the sand in. When not in use, the seats can easily be pulled out of the slots by an adult and become a lid to cover the sandbox. And the slots? If I were (still) a kid, I’d hide all sorts of things in those ‘secret’ compartments. Folded up treasure maps. Legos that I didn’t want to share with my sisters. Caramel wrappers.
And I used a LOT of sandpaper.
Sandbox: $65 (without sand), $85 with sand and a pail of toys