Our new sandbox is in full use now, I still need to install half of the hinges (HD ran out) but it didn’t stop the kids from making use of the it over the weekend, at least when it wasn’t 90+ degrees out. The side that is finished works great! It is easy to open and close, and the seat is nice for the kids. As an added bonus it limits the sand spill on that side.
The 4′x5′ is a nice size and I am really glad that we extended it the extra foot. When it is closed it is relativity unobtrusive. I still need to do some planting near it, although I did manage to finish the rough grading around it and the adjacent stone that I moved.
So far I would say I have spent about 8 hours on it. with about 1/2 hour left to finish installing the hinges. Definitely not insignificant, but now I have something that fits the space perfectly and is very functional.
I will be putting together a full tutorial soon with more detailed photos of the installation and tips I found along the way.
We also installed the tire swing this weekend, which I am pleased to say only took about 1/2 hour. I love it when something actually goes according to plan! I used this kit from Woos. It had everything (except the tire) and I really liked that it used webbing instead of chains at the bottom (so now pinched fingers). The only other thing that it didn’t come with was a swivel, to allow it to spin better, but so far that doesn’t appear to be an issue. I will post more on this project as well.