If you have a sandbox in your backyard, this little toy will make play time more fun! Look at this great and fun idea to build for your kids – the DIY sandbox excavator.

DIY sand excavator

It may seem quite a lot of woodwork to build this. But really, it’ll take about a day, or perhaps two. This could be a weekend project for you. While you’re at it, ask your child to help out even with just the most basic tasks. It will be a great bonding activity.

With only a few wooden pallets, nails, glue, and time, any parent can assemble this great toy. It’ll keep any kid entertained. If you don’t have a sandbox to use this with, maybe you can build one, too! It beats having them watch TV all day.

Let’s get some woodwork done and build something our kids can enjoy at the sandbox.

You’ll need these materials:

  • 1 – 2 pallets (heat treated)
  • 3/4″ galvanized pipe flange
  • 12″ length of 3/4″ threaded galvanized pipe
  • Three 1″ L brackets
  • Waterproof Wood Glue
  • Cheap office chair
  • Assorted lag screws and bolts
  • Paint (color of choice)
  • Cording (optional)
  • Coil spring (optional)

And these tools:

  • Wood clamps
  • Circular saw
  • Hand drill
  • Band saw
  • A set of wrenches
  • Table saw

Too complicated? There are simpler designs you can follow. Check them out below…

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It might take a while, but this project is definitely worth the work. Read the step-by-step instructions here