Growing up, my sandbox was a backyard oasis where I could truly escape the stresses of being a kid, while simultaneously exploring my creative side.
There were only ever two downsides to spending all day, every day in my sandbox: the uncomfortable feeling of having sand in every nook and cranny and keeping wildlife from taking up shelter in it.
Luckily, Reddit user darwin_thornberry has found a way to solve both problems. He built an awesome sandbox for his children with collapsible benches that also serve as a lid. This design is so cool, it only makes me more jealous that someone didn't think of it sooner.
He began by assembling a wooden base with plenty of room for sand.
Next, he laid out a series of two-by-fours that he would eventually transform into two benches.
He added sets of hinges that would allow the wooden boards to serve a double purpose.
With the bench seats completed, he began work on the back supports.
To make the benches fully collapsible, he needed to add more hinges to the back supports.
With both benches finished, the sandbox was mostly complete. All that was left to do was put it in place and add sand.
Now darwin_thornberry's kids have an amazing spot to play without getting sand in...uncomfortable places.