How to make a small sand pit from a car tyre

Posted in how to features, Make Toys for kids, recycling re-using projects on March 16th, 2015 by John Coxon

 

when space is at a premium use a discarded car tyre to make this simple sand play pit.

when space is at a premium use a discarded car tyre to make this simple sand play pit.

Don;t use red builder's sand - it stains clothes - genuine play sand is very cheap and safe.

Don’t use red builder’s sand – it stains clothes – genuine play sand is very cheap and safe.

Seal the one side of the tyre using a circle of plywood bolted into the tyre wall. I added a circle of roofing felt to protect the ply from rotting through damp.

I measured the tyre diameter just inside the rim and needed a circle of ply  18 inches in  diameter . I used a small nail and twine to draw out the circle.

car tyre sand pit

 

DSC_7427

I used a jigsaw to cut out my circle from the plywood.

car tyre sand pit

Plywood circle curt to size to allow me to bolt it through the tyre wall.

Plywood circle cut to size to allow me to bolt it through the tyre wall.

I cut out a same size circle of roofing felt to go between the play and the sand to increase the life span of the ply.

I cut out a same size circle of roofing felt to go between the play and the sand to increase the life span of the ply.

I drilled four holes through the ply and into the wall of the tyre to accept the bolts that hold the ply in place.

DSC_7436

I used split washers to make it easy to tighten the nuts from the inside of the tyre.

I used split washers to make it easy to tighten the nuts from the inside of the tyre.

I added two laths of wood screwing into them frominside the tyre through the ply - to keep the tyre slightly above the ground and allow air to circulate under it and prevent rain water accumulating.

I added two laths of wood screwing into them frominside the tyre through the ply – to keep the tyre slightly above the ground and allow air to circulate under it and prevent rain water accumulating.

DSC_7442

I used a small hacksaw to cut down the bolts so they were flush with the nut as an addtional safety measure.

This wide profile tyre took two 15 kilo bags of play sand. ( that's a jellly mould I saved  featuring my grandson's favourite character.

This wide profile tyre took two 15 kilo bags of play sand. ( that’s a jellly mould I saved featuring my grandson’s favourite character.

when space is at a premium use a discarded car tyre to make this simple sand play pit.

yogurt pots and plastic cup  plus simple flags made from computer print outs and florist sticks. Will be adding to the collection of everyday things to inspire and encourage play.

Read more about the relevance of  sand play ( from the Australian education service) here as a PDF document

SAND PLAY

 

WOLF FLEXISAW – NO REPLACEMENT BLADES ?

Posted in Gardening/household tips, household/gardening tips, recycling re-using projects on March 16th, 2015 by John Coxon

Bought this handy “Japanese Steel” tool as  a dovetail saw and for fine cuts and it did the jobs well and got it on line  for under £10 and yet curiously I have found it priced between £10 and £50 on  E Bay which in itself is ridiculous bbut you can’t actually buy spare blades annywhere and that iss just so wrong!

saw

It comes with two blades and there is a press button on the handle for quick release and replacement of the blade. It’s flexibility is in fact its downfall because inevitably the blade is going to snap where it joins the handle.

Beware- replacement blades are  not, it  seems ,  available (and do not confuse the brand name with the quality German Garden hand tool company ! )

I just broke the second of the two blades and furious that there seems nowhere where you can buy replacement blades if indeed the company that make this tool offer blade spares – more than likely they just want you to buy another saw with two blades.

Wolf flexisaw repair

Overcome the problem for now with this  simple solution. I simply cut a thin slot into a five inch piece of broom handle , slide the broken end of the blade into the slot, tightened a small jubilee clip to squeeze the slot tight and thus hold the blade firmly . Easy !

Wolf flexisaw repair

 

Translate »