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Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Hi friends! I have a fun outdoor kids’ project to share with you today! My kids have been asking me to build them a sand and water table for the longest time and because I am Mother of the Year,¬†it only took me a year and a half to finally fulfill their incessant, pleading¬†patiently-awaited request.

I mean, seriously, how could I have said “no” to these sweet faces for so long? What is wrong with me?! I have a heart of stone, folks.¬†Stone cold.

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Once again, I’ve teamed up with the friendly folks at BuildSomething.com¬†and Kreg Tools to bring you the FREE BUILDING PLANS for this DIY SAND AND WATER TABLE!¬†I’ve mentioned BuildSomething.com before when I built my desk with hidden printer cabinet, kids’ farmhouse table, bathroom shelf, and toddler tool box.

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My kids just can’t get enough. I mean, do you blame them? They officially have permission to make a mess. I love it because this play table keeps them outdoors and occupied for hours (yes, HOURS!) while¬†I’m building in my workshop. They’re not camped out in front of the television and I’m able to get some work done without the burden of¬†Mom Guilt. It’s a win-win. Seriously, I really should have built this a year and a half ago. Remind me to punch myself in the face later.

This sand and water table accommodates two of¬†these¬†28-Quart Sterilite Tubs¬†and I added a hinged lid to cover the sand and water when not in use. It’s also worth mentioning that I recommend installing¬†torsion hinges so that the lid doesn’t come slamming down on tiny fingers. These¬†hinges¬†stay in the position you put them¬†in, so they’re¬†ideal for toy chests¬†and the like.


Whatever color you decide to paint or stain your table, be sure to protect it from the outdoor elements with an exterior-grade finish. Also, I added the plywood top and painted it with chalkboard paint. Even though the chalkboard paint offers some protection, be sure to seal the edges to help keep moisture out. Plywood¬†isn’t the most suitable material for outdoor use, so I would suggest storing¬†this play table in the garage or under a covered patio area to help protect it from the weather.

This sand and water table was such a hit, some¬†random child even showed up to get a piece of the action.¬†Just kidding, she’s¬†our next door neighbors’ sweet daughter.

This photo just cracks me up because my son is literally proclaiming, “I AM THE SAND MASTER!”¬†Seriously, where do they come up with these things? #shenanigans

Consider this fair warning: do not build this table unless you don’t mind¬†random neighborhood children showing up in your backyard. If you build it, they will come. #namethatmovie

And because I just can’t get enough¬†of this adorable and fun project, here are a few more fun DIY¬†Sand and Water Table ideas (links are below):

What do you think?¬†Did I just add one more thing to your To Build list? You’re welcome.¬†ūüėČ

Don’t forget¬†to grab the FREE BUILDING PLANS¬†on BuildSomething.com.¬†Thanks for reading, friends. Hope your weekend is full of sawdust. Now get out there and build something!

*This post is sponsored¬†by BuildSomething.com. All efforts,¬†opinions,¬†and happy, messy children¬†are my own (well, except for the neighbors’ kids – those don’t belong to me).

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  1. Sherry H. says

    We’re in the planning stage to build this sand and water table for our grandson. The torsion hinges we’re looking to purchase needs to know how much the lid will weigh. Can you give any insight into how much the lid will weigh with your suggested materials? Thanks!

  2. Jessica says

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    Sorry if I missed it but any idea on the total cost of materials? Love the table!!

  3. Christina says

    I absolutely love the idea of adding the chalkboard cover on top! So creative! Ours is similar with the storage slats on the bottom, but we also added a ledge to hold sand and water toys as well. Now I am wondering how to add that cover, hmmmm ūüėČ

  4. Ginger says

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    I love the sand and water the 1 last update 2020/06/03 table. I’m a big fan of do it yourself projects. This sounds like a great table for my niece and nephew. Thanks for sharing!I love the sand and water table. I’m a big fan of do it yourself projects. This sounds like a great table for my niece and nephew. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Deonna Wade Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for says

    Hey girl! Thanks for sharing my table along with yours…yours makes mine look like amateur hour! ūüôā I LOVE it!

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