52 Create – Sandbox

52 Create, my weekly creative output for 2011.  This week, for something completely different, I present to you, a sandbox.  I was off visiting friends and it came up that the kids wanted a sandbox and that their neighbour had just replaced an old fence and donated all the old boards, so this project would be essentially free!

The donated wood consisted of some 4×4 cedar posts and a whole pile of 2×6 “Trex“.  I’d never used Trex before, it’s basically a plastic composite wood.  It lasts forever, cuts perfectly smooth and even has some fake wood grain on it.  On the minus side, it weighs a ton, and apparently is fairly expensive, but like I said ours was donated!  Another little bonus was that boards that we thought were warped (being used to wood), could easily be bent back straight!  The sandbox took us one long day to build, but that included a trip to get beer and sand to fill it up.  The real shocker was that this box which had an inside dimension of roughly 5×6′ needed $150 worth of sand to fill it up (in fact it needed another $75, but we figured it could wait a while at that price).

My other 52 Create Projects.



Boat Week – Cedar Strip Canoe

Any outdoor enthusiast who also enjoys woodworking is guaranteed to have dreamt of building their own cedar strip canoe.  While there are many other materials to make a boat out of, some of which may even work better, a cedar strip canoe is absolutely beautiful yet lightweight.  The above design is from Peel Marine who make custom built canoes.

There are many steps involved in building your own cedar strip canoe. You can save yourself time by buying the cedar pre-cut into strips (especially handy if you don’t own a good quality bandsaw).  The strips are laid over a “strongback” and nailed/stapled/glued into place.  Once complete, you scrape, sand, and sand again.  Over top goes a layer of fibreglass which can be tricky without an extra set of hands, but rewarding in the beautiful and durable high gloss finish.  Plans are available from Green Valley Boatworks.

If you are interested in building your own cedar strip canoe, I highly recommend going to this site in order to get a feel for what’s involved. It’s an excellent resource and highly detailed account from start to finish of a canoe project.

I personally own “Building a Strip Canoe” by Gil Gilpatrick, and I found it to be an excellent book for the money. You get several plans and he has a great ability to make things as simple as possible.