Laura Nativo's DIY Doggie Sandbox


  • sides: (4) 1x12x8' planks -- bevel ends to 45 degree angles
  • ends: (2) 2x2x8' planks -- cut in half
  • ends: (2) 1x3x8' planks -- cut in half


  • (1) 1 ½" x 6' dowel
  • (2) ¼" x 4" lag bolts
  • (2) ¼" cut washers
  • (4) ½" x 1 ½" screw eyes
  • rope
  • two yards weatherproof fabric
  • (4) large grommets
  • Sand

Building Instructions:

  1. Bevel the Sides: We used a table saw to cut 45-degree angles on each end.
  2. Building the Hull: Using deck screws, attach the end pieces to the sides. Bevel the 2x4 to match the side pieces and create a seamless fit.
  3. Prepare the Masts: In each 2x4, drill a ¼" hole 1 ½" down from the top. At the other end, drill three ⅜" holes. Locate them 4, 15 ½, and 19 inches from the bottom.
  4. Raise the mast: After bolting the masts to the boat frame so they are straight, cut the dowel (if needed) to fit the distance between the tops of the masts.
  5. Secure the Benches: Space the bench boards about ½ inch apart and fasten with deck screws. Then insert one screw eye at each corner. Use the shaft of a screwdriver to tighten.
  6. Fill with sand.
  7. Set Sail: Spread the fabric over the closet rod and attach to screw eyes with rope.
DIY Doggie Sandbox

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