DIY Sandbox with Cover


Is there a child anywhere who doesn’t love playing in the sand? If you have kids in the house, a sandbox is always a great addition to the backyard!

That is, of course, unless you have cats, too. By instinct, cats like to excrete in soft soil or sand to facilitate easy burial. They use their paws to move sand over their feces. In the backyard, the sandbox is a natural outlet for this instinct.

Here’s a great DIY sandbox that keeps the sand in and the cats out. If you’re short of time or just want to save a few hours and some money, you’ll find links to great value ready-to-assemble kits below the gallery images.

DIY Sandbox with Cover

Want to make this your weekend project? Here’s what you will need…


  • 1×8 and 1×4 Cedar Wood
  • 2x4x8/Stud Length
  • 4 sets Exterior Grade Hinges
  • Rope or Exterior Grade Handles
  • 1-1/4” Screws
  • 1-1/4” Pocket Hole Screws
  • Wood Glue


  • Measuring Tape
  • Carpenter’s Square
  • Marker
  • Drill
  • Circular Saw
  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Sander
  • Countersink Drill Bit
  • Kreg Jig
  • Safety Glasses

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Thanks to The Perfect Sandbox for this great project. You can get step by step instructions here

Right now you can buy the ready to assemble kit for less than it will cost you to buy the timber. Click either image to buy the kit…

Ready to assemble for less than $100!

Click here to order the above unit.

This ready-to-assemble unit is just $148! All pre-drilled and ready to go...

The same unit with a sun canopy can be ordered here.

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