I made this sand / water table for a local
daycare. It's a great place for kids to get into the real messy stuff while
still in side. Dry rice or sand in there is fine, but the kids like it better
with water. You can place this table is in a small wading pool to catch
the drips but on the porch anything goes! You can find the black liner
at Home Depot / Lowes, or your local hardware store. Remember the frame has to be made to fit the liner.
I made the frame work from ash which is very
strong and i think it looks a lot like oak, but no splinters! The dimensions
on the inside are 17 1/4" wide by 23 3/4" long. Inside dimension
because the liner fits inside with the lip of the liner going over the
top of the frame. The height of the frame is 20".All Stock is 3/4" thick
with the frame 2 3/8" wide and the legs 1 3/4" wide. Of course your frame
dimensions would be dependent on the liner size. So if your going to make
one, buy the liner first!
The legs are half lapped into the long side of
the frame, with 3/4" extra for the short side of the frame to be attached.
I used glue and 2 1/2" drywall screws to hold the frame together.
I cut plugs and tried ( with not much success ) to match the grain. Later
all edges were eased with a 1/2" roundover bit and sanded smooth.
For the finish I used a water based polyurathane
to be child safe. The table looks fine in my livingroom. Look at the mess
in there! You'd think we have a housefull of kids here all day! My grandson
Mike looks very busy!