Table top Zen garden

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Project by Daren Nelson posted 08-05-2008 07:02 PM 13875 views 21 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you are familiar with Zen gardens here is one I made yesterday. I am thinking about getting into box making, looks fun, but don’t have “stuff” that I need to put in a box ? (what needs to be in a box, came in a box) So I decided to make a box that was a garden.
The garden is suspended on top and the drawer below holds the rocks and tools when not in use. I wanted to stay black and white so I used walnut (with some sapwood), hard maple, white sand and black rocks. The windchime was an afterthought, one I do not like today though. I may add more rocks if I find neat ones and have plenty of room in the drawer for them.
I need some practice in my “gardening” techniques, but you get the picture how they work.
Now as a guy of course I am already thinking how fun a toy bulldozer would be in there .

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#1 posted 08-05-2008 07:21 PM

Yeh! Heavy Equipment!!!!

Nice looking garden!


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#2 posted 08-05-2008 07:21 PM

It is nice idea

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#3 posted 08-05-2008 07:23 PM


Very nice looking garden!

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#4 posted 08-05-2008 07:25 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 08-05-2008 07:40 PM

superb work

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#6 posted 08-05-2008 07:54 PM

very nice garden. i love the contrasting maple and walnut.

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#7 posted 08-05-2008 07:59 PM

I love the hanging effect of the top box… thanx for sharing, this one is a keeper!

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#8 posted 08-05-2008 09:12 PM

Great garden, love the drawer idea. A sandbox for my desk… I wonder if I would ever get anything done, or if I would be Zenned out all the time…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#9 posted 08-05-2008 09:23 PM

I hope you don’t have a cat…otherwise, you might get some decidedly unZen-like designs.

It’s cool though.

-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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#10 posted 08-05-2008 09:42 PM

Beautiful “out of box” concept and design.
Great job.
Take care & work safe

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#11 posted 08-05-2008 09:47 PM

Nicely designed and executed. You’ll have to make stuff to put in your stuff so all your stuff has a place (I miss George Carlin). Thanks for sharing Daren.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#12 posted 08-06-2008 03:15 PM

Joann’s fabrics and Michael’s art supply sell little glass beads that look like rocks in assorted colors. Or you could make your own wood rocks with some hot glue and a belt sander or grinder. But the little bulldozer and some construction men standing around is zen enough for me.

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#13 posted 08-06-2008 04:48 PM

Very cool, eye candy.

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#14 posted 08-06-2008 04:58 PM

Very cool…

Those can get addicting if you make different tools to work the sand. This is a neat idea…. (just don’t let the cat find it tho!)

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#15 posted 08-08-2008 10:19 AM

Wow, I better not let my son see this thread or he will want too.

-- Sure Dear, I can make that for you. Lemme just run out and get a tool I need for that.

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