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Old 05-04-2008, 11:22 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Preferably using reclaimed materials. I'd like to find a super easy way to make a sand & water table with stuff that I could find cheap or free (thrift stores, junk stores , freecycle, etc).

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I've been thinking about this too. So far all I can think of is to get some kind of plastic bin and some maybe free? wood from somewhere and build some legs and a square or rectangle wood frame to hold the bin in. Should be pretty simple if you have a saw and a screwdriver or hammer to slap it together.

For even easier, get a plastic tub w/ a lid and just put it on top of an old low table; coffee table or kiddy table and voila!

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Cheap trays for planting might be an option? I get long black trays like this for a buck or so at Lowes. They're not very thick/sturdy plastic, however, and don't stand up to much if you're washing/moving them a whole lot (at least for holding water!)

There ARE heavy duty trays, but you can't find them at Lowes and the like. They run around $12 or so. Look for "permanest" trays. You'll probably find them from african violet growing sites or maybe even hydroponics sites. Generally they're 11x22x2.5 inches.


Other options I could think of to be more environmentally conscious would be to maybe scavenge an old fiberglass tub, and use a saw to cut out the "tub" part, about 3 inches from the base. Then you'd have a short basin AND a drain that you could just plug. In our city there's a place called Construction Junction where people sell/drop off old deconstruction materials - toilets, tubs, windows, old/broken tiles, etc. This would be a lot of work, but I bet you could get a pretty good result from it. Just please wear a mask!

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what about using an under the bed storage container and building a frame around it.

something like this for the bin, I've seen them at thrift stores without the lids for a couple of bucks and then for the table....water table plans, another plan or as a pp said, taking an old table, I would look for one that has glass inset, so the "frame" would already be there for you and you would just need to "pop" the glass out.

oh what about using a small hard sided pond liner.

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This may not be one of the most environmentally conscious methods, but we made one out of PVC Pipe (for the frame) and a big black concrete mixing tub.
Here are some plans somewhat similar to what we used...
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/briarwren/234515/
I think the original plans we got were from Family Fun, but I can seem to find them now.
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what about using an under the bed storage container and building a frame around it.

something like this for the bin, I've seen them at thrift stores without the lids for a couple of bucks and then for the table....water table plans, another plan or as a pp said, taking an old table, I would look for one that has glass inset, so the "frame" would already be there for you and you would just need to "pop" the glass out.

oh what about using a small hard sided pond liner.

thanks for the plans link!
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Thank you for all the suggestions. I'll have DH check out some of the plans and see what he's up to building.
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There are always baby bath tubs going round on freecycle here, they make great water play containers. It might even be possible to cut down a stand to child height (this is the kind of thing I have in mind http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Baby-Bath-Stan...QQcmdZViewItem)

For sand I prefer something with a lid (we have lots of cats around) so I would go with an under bed box for that.
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Old 05-09-2008, 10:56 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Oh, I like the baby bathtub idea - then it has a built in drain already.
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good ideas! dh has been wanting to make ds one of these for awhile now.

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