Introduction

race car shaped sandbox for kids and adults to build »
Age Range: 10 and up

A sandbox brings a little bit of the beach into your backyard, and playtime is even more fun when the box itself has an imaginative shape. Kids can "drive" at the playground for hours of fun in this red car. It even has special storage under the hood for when you’re ready to make a pit stop.

This project is a bit challenging, so older kids may want to help build it with the younger ones. You can construct the basic box in your garage, then park it on a level spot outside. With the whole family pitching in, it will take just one weekend to get this car roadworthy, so you’ll soon be ready to roll.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • speed square
      Triangular layout square
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw with coarse, wood-cutting blade
    • bar clamps
      4-foot bar clamps
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with 1/8-inch bit
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses
    • paintbrush
      Paintbrushes
    • square shovel
      Shovel
    • Thatch-rake
      Steel rake
    • four-foot level
      4-foot level
    • utility scissors
      Utility scissors
    • staple gun
      Staple gun
    • pencil compass
      Compass

    Shopping List

    1. Four 8-foot pressure-treated 2x12s

    2. Two 8-foot pressure-treated ½x6 decking boards

    3. One 6-foot pressure-treated 2x4

    4. 2 square feet of ½-inch pressure-treated plywood

    5. Steering-wheel cover

    6. 3-inch deck screws

    7. ¼x1-inch zinc fender washer8. Two drawer handles

    9. Two sets of 2½-inch stainless-steel butt hinges

    10. Latex exterior stain

    11. Latex exterior paint

    12. Landscape fabric

    13. 20 bags of play sand