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Building a Sand Table

Sand Table Plans

sand table sand table This sand table is just the right height and size for a 2 year old. My granddaughters played in this one since they were about 18 months. Simple to build and small enough to use anywhere outside, it will provide years of enjoyment for the little ones.

Table is 15 inches high, and 3 foot by 2 foot.
Cost of materials (not including sand) - $30


  • 1 - 10 foot 2x6 (pressure treated)
  • 1 - 4x8 sheet of C/D X plywood
  • 1 - 8 foot 4x4 (pressure treated)
  • 1 - 4 foot 1x4 (any spare wood to cut the 3/4" strips for the top's underside)
  • 12 - 3" x # screws (stainless steel)
  • 12 - 1" x # screws (stainless steel)
  • 8 - 2" x # screws
  • Paint of your choosing, primer and topcoats

sand table parts
Cut the pieces to size:

  1. From the 2x6, cut 2 boards 3 feet long and 2 boards 1' 9" for the sides
  2. From the 4x4, cut 4 sections 10" long for the legs
  3. From the plywood, cut the base 1'10" x 2'10", and the top 3'1 1/2" x 2' 1 1/2"
  4. For the top, cut 3/4"x 3/4" strips two 3' 1 1/2" long and two 2' long (these will hold it in place on the box)
And that is all the parts.

Now, to hold the base in the sides, dado cut a 1/2" slot in the side boards 1/2" from the edge. For the long boards, since you don't want to see the slot from the outside, stop the dado before it reaches the end of the wood, and square it up with a chisel. Make the dado just a but wider than your plywood. After painting all the parts, you'll need the little bit of extra room to get the base in the slot. The dado should be about 9/16 deep.

sand table sides sand table short sides

sand table sides For the legs, cut from two sides to leave a 1/2 tall square 2"x2" in one corner.

For the top, I first glued the 3/4" strips in place to hold them and then screwed them in after the glue dried. Use the 1" screws, 3 to a side.
sand table top sand table top

Now, paint all the parts. Use a primer first, and then at least two coats of topcoat.


After the paint has dried (the hardest part for me is waiting for the paint to dry completely) assemble the table.

Set the base into the slots in the sides and then screw the sides together with the 3" screws, 3 per corner.

Set the table on the legs, and screw the base into the legs using two 2" screws per corner.
sand table corner sand table inner corner

Fill it with between 50 and 80 lbs of sand.. and bring on the kids.

sand table complete

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