Sandpit with sun canopy

 
High protection factor
Sandpit with sun canopy

Thanks to the integrated sun canopy, your children can play in the sandpit to their heart’s content even in midsummer.

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We’ve added a new dimension to a children’s classic: Our sandpit comes with a sun canopy that you can lower and tilt as required, thus providing optimum protection from UV rays. You can also lower the sun shade completely to keep the sandpit clean.

The sandpit consists of two parts: the pit itself and the awning on two canopy supports. The sandpit itself consists of a frame whose parts are fastened together with square bolt connectors, while two connected gable ends form the canopy frame.

The following assembly instructions apply to spruce glued laminated wood board of 18 mm (gable boards) and 27 mm thickness. You must adapt the list of materials accordingly if you opt for other materials or material with a different thickness.

Note that spruce timber, whether painted or varnished, is less weather-resistant than other types of timber. If you want to be certain of weather resistance, choose teak or robinia wood.

Ask your DIY store or carpenter to cut the required boards to size.

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Required power tools:

Other accessories:

  • Set of wood drill bits
  • Countersink bit
  • Sanding paper, grits of 120–240
  • Cloth
  • Folding rule, soft pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener

Required materials:

  • Spruce glued laminated timber boards
  • Spruce square timber
  • Root barrier plastic or strong plastic sheeting
  • Canopy fabric
  • Flat head screws
  • Wood varnish

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Item

pcs

Designation

Length

Width

Thickness

Material

0

2

Gable ends

1,500 mm

200 mm

18 mm

Spruce glued laminated timber

1

3

Cross connector

1,464 mm

58 mm

38 mm

Spruce square timber

2

2

Canopy supports

1,450 mm

120 mm

27 mm

Spruce glued laminated timber

3

2

Short surrounds

1,446 mm

240 mm

27 mm

Spruce glued laminated timber

4

2

Long surrounds

1,500 mm

240 mm

27 mm

Spruce glued laminated timber

5

4

Upright screw strips

213 mm

45 mm

45 mm

Spruce square timber

6

4

Horizontal screw strips

1,350 mm

45 mm

45 mm

Spruce square timber

7

4

Bench boards

1,300 mm

200 mm

27 mm

Spruce glued laminated timber

8

4

Connecting straps

170 mm

110 mm

27 mm

Spruce glued laminated timber

9

1

Sheet

1,600 mm

1,600 mm

0.4 mm

Root barrier plastic or strong plastic sheeting

10

1

Canopy fabric

approx. 1,700

approx. 1500 m

11

approx. 68

Flat head screws, 4 x 60 mm

12

approx. 32

Flat head screws, 4 x 45 mm

13

8

Flat head screws, 4 x 50 mm

1

Joining the surrounds with the screw strips

1 - Joining the surrounds with the screw strips
Joining the surrounds with the screw strips Joining the surrounds with the screw strips Joining the surrounds with the screw strips Joining the surrounds with the screw strips

First place all of the parts required for the frame in the way you want to assemble them. The short frame surrounds are enclosed within the long frame surrounds. Mark the different parts with a triangle so that you always know what goes where at a later stage of assembly.

Using the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 60 mm), mount the short and long surrounds using the upright screw strips to form a single frame.

Tip for screwing together two wooden parts

In the piece where you want to insert the screws first, always pre-drill a hole that is 0.5 to 1 mm larger than the screw diameter; the hole should be countersunk for the screw head. In the piece that you are going to drill second, pre-drill a hole that is always 1 mm smaller than the screw diameter. Continue by assembling the horizontal screw strips between the upright screw strips, flush with the upper edge of the surrounds. The bench boards are fastened to these screw strips with screws at a later stage. Use a cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 60 mm). Refer again to our tip about screwing together two pieces of wood. You can now also pre-drill the 5-mm holes through the horizontal screw strips, through which the bench boards will be fastened with screws from below.

2

Joining the bench boards with the frame

2 - Joining the bench boards with the frame
Joining the bench boards with the frame Joining the bench boards with the frame

Lay the completed frame on trestles. Now position the first bench board on its side and the horizontal screw strip as illustrated in the drawing. Secure it in place with clamps. Remember to use pieces of scrap wood as buffer blocks while doing so to avoid leaving unsightly pressure marks on the workpieces.

Using the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 60 mm), you can now fit the bench board through the pre-drilled 5-mm holes in the horizontal screw strips. Follow the same procedure for the remaining bench boards. Refer again to our tip about screwing together two pieces of wood.

The bench boards are joined together by connecting straps from below, which also ensure the sandpit is stable enough. Pre-drill these straps in each of the corners, using the drill and 5-mm drill bit.

Place the sandpit with the bench boards face down on the trestles. Using the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 45 mm), mount the straps as shown in our illustration. Refer again to our tip about screwing together two pieces of wood.

3

Fitting the root barrier plastic or sheeting

To prevent plants from growing in the sand, you should line the sandpit with root barrier plastic or strong plastic sheeting. In either case, use a tacker to secure the layer of plastic below the horizontal screw strips on the sides.

4

Joining the gable ends and cross connectors for the canopy

Using a pencil, draw the outline of the gable end on the gable boards. See our illustration for the necessary measurements. Cut the gable ends to size using the jigsaw. Secure a suitable rail with clamps to use as a parallel guide and help you cut in a long straight line.

Now position the gable ends and the cross connectors in the way you want to assemble them. Now use a pencil and triangles to mark their relative positions so that you always know what goes where at a later stage of assembly.

To fasten the gable ends to the canopy supports, use the drill and 8-mm wood drill bit to make a hole in each of the gable ends. This position is marked in our illustration.

Now use a pencil to trace the outlines of the cross connectors on the gable panels. Using the drill and 5-mm wood drill bit, make at least two holes through which you can fasten the gable ends and cross connectors together with the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 60 mm). Refer again to our tip about screwing together two pieces of wood.

5

Preparing the canopy supports and joining them to the sandpit

5 - Preparing the canopy supports and joining them to the sandpit
Preparing the canopy supports and joining them to the sandpit Preparing the canopy supports and joining them to the sandpit

Rout a notch at the top of each canopy support so that you can raise and lower the canopy to provide optimum sun protection. To do this, secure the canopy support with a clamp on your work surface (remember to use buffer blocks).

Using a router, parallel guide and an 8-mm straight bit, make the groove in the canopy support according to the specifications in our illustration. Complete the task in several steps, routing only about 4 mm at a time to go easy on the router bit.

Using the cordless screwdriver and screws (4 x 50 mm), now fit the canopy supports in the centre of each side of the sandpit so they are flush with the bottom edge. Refer again to our tip about screwing together two pieces of wood.

We have also included a hole in the bottom of the canopy supports for the carriage bolts with wing nuts so that you can fasten the canopy as a lid on the sandpit and keep the sand clean. Schlosschrauben Carriage bolt Screw used mainly in woodworking (actually: flat round head screw), which is inserted through the two parts you want to connect and screwed to a locknut. The head does not have a profile for receiving a bit. The connection can therefore only by loosened from the nut side. For this reason, it is especially suitable for fitting door locks and outward fittings.

To mark this hole, align the canopy frame on the bench boards of the sandpit. Use a pencil to trace the hole position on the inside of the canopy supports and then make the hole with the drill and 8-mm wood drill bit.

6

Covering the canopy frame with canopy fabric

6 - Covering the canopy frame with canopy fabric
Covering the canopy frame with canopy fabric

Stretch the canopy fabric lengthways over the canopy frame and gable ends. Fix the fabric in place on the outer cross connectors using the tacker.

7

Sanding the wood surface

7 - Sanding the wood surface
Sanding the wood surface

Take time to prepare the wood surfaces so they are in the best possible working condition before starting assembly.

First buff all edges with sanding paper with a grit of 120 or 180 at a 45° angle to create a small bevel. Use your sander to sand all visible surfaces in the direction of the wood grain, first with coarse sanding paper (grit of 120, 180) and then with fine sanding paper (grit of up to 240).

Afterwards rub the surfaces with a damp sponge to wipe off the dust. Some loose wood fibres may protrude while the wood is drying. You can remove these with sanding paper with a grit of 180. The wood is now ready for surface treatment. Little tip: Make sure that the sanding paper is sharp enough to remove the wood fibres properly, not just flatten them.

8

Varnishing the surfaces

8 - Varnishing the surfaces
Varnishing the surfaces

First read the manufacturer’s safety and handling instructions thoroughly. Make sure the room you are working in is well ventilated and not used for smoking, eating or drinking.

Generously apply the varnish with a fine spray system and remove any excess varnish with a cloth. Observe the drying times specified by the manufacturer.

Before applying a second coat, you must sand the surface a second time with sanding paper with a grit of 240. Once again, you must always sand in the direction of the wood grain. Repeat the application as described in the section above.

9

Done!

9 - Done!
Done!


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Legal note

Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.


 

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For questions on our After Sales Service:

Jeddah:

:00966 (0) 12 692 0770 - Ext 433

Riyadh:

:00966 (0) 11 409 3976 – Ext-30/34/39

Dammam:

:00966 (0) 13 833 9565

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