Step 8: Place the sandbox outside

position the sandbox
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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While the sandbox dries, find a level spot of ground for it. If necessary, 
dig out an area until it is level, then rake it smooth.

Put the sandbox on the cleared spot of ground. Using a 4-foot level, check that the sandbox is level in both directions; if it isn’t, rake or dig the ground underneath until it is.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
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    • speed square
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    • 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
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    • square shovel
      Shovel
    • Thatch-rake
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    • four-foot level
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    • utility scissors
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    • staple gun
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    • pencil compass
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    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