After adding the sandbox to the playset last week, I starting thinking about a lid to keep out larger leaves & sticks as well as visiting animals when it isn't in use. A quick search of "DIY sandbox lid" and I had my answer - a lid that opens to form a bench on each end.
There is a great tutorial on Ana White's site about how to build a complete sandbox with the lid/bench. We already had the box so I took measurements and worked on a design to fit ours. I drew up a plan in AutoCAD to determine exactly how many pieces of lumber and what sizes we needed.
The entire project from start to finish took just over 3 hours to build.
And Dylan was more than happy to jump in and try it out once complete.
Eventually I plan to stain it to match the rest of the playset. For now, it's built and we're enjoying it!
Cost: approximately $90