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How to Make a Rowboat Sandbox

Inspire your little pirate's imagination and add nautical flair to your backyard with a one-of-a-kind sandbox made from a wooden rowboat.

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Materials Needed:

  • rowboat
  • two pressure-treated 2x4 boards
  • 2 1/2" exterior-coated wood screws
  • pencil
  • saw
  • speed square
  • 1/8" drill bit
  • 1/2" drill bit
  • drill
  • hammer
  • Plasti Dip waterproof sealant
  • burlap fabric
  • sand
  • measuring tape
  • chop saw

Measure Boat for Framing

Turn rowboat upside down, and use measuring tape to determine measurements of the bottom of the boat. A frame will be placed here to secure the boat in place, keeping it from tipping over while in use.

Mark and Cut Frame

Measure and cut pressure-treated 2x4s to create a simple box frame that measures approximately 1-2 inches smaller than the bottom of the boat. First use measuring tape and a pencil to mark to proper dimensions, then cut to size with a chop saw.

Assemble Frame

Screw all four corners of the box together using a drill and 2 1/2-inch exterior-coated wood screws.

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