Yellowstone County, Montana
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Constructing a Sandbag Filling Station


Dimensions given are approximate and my be field modified to suit local materials and needs. Distance between bottom of traffic cone and bottom deck should be equal to 3/4 of the bag height. For added strength, lag screws may be used to attach 2 x 4's to 4 x 4 posts. To reduce lifting heights, bottom deck should be as high as possible. 

Front View Picture of Filling Station
Note: Make sure distance between lower deck cone bottom is sufficient for sand bag height.

Materials List (Built as Shown) 
  • 2- 1" x 3" x 8' Economy Grade 
  • 2- 4" x 4" x 8' Economy Grade 
  • 6- 2" x 4" x 8' Economy Grade 
  • 1- Sheet 1/2" Plyscore (COX) or 7/16" Wafer Board 
  • 2- Traffic Cones (or see Option Detail "C") 
Side View Picture of Filling Station


  • 8, 16, and 20 penny Nails 
  • Optional Hardware 
  • 4- 1/2" Lag Screws 
Estimated Cost: $35.00
Estimated Skilled Construction Time: 1.75 man hours

Top View Picture of Filling Station


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