Table top Zen garden

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Project by Daren Nelson posted 2215 days ago 9179 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 2215 days ago

Yeh! Heavy Equipment!!!!

Nice looking garden!


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#2 posted 2215 days ago

It is nice idea

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#3 posted 2215 days ago


Very nice looking garden!

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#4 posted 2215 days ago

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#5 posted 2214 days ago

superb work

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#6 posted 2214 days ago

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

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#7 posted 2214 days ago

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

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#8 posted 2214 days ago

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 2214 days ago

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

It’s cool though.

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#10 posted 2214 days ago

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

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#11 posted 2214 days ago

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 2214 days ago

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.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#13 posted 2214 days ago

Very cool, eye candy.

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#14 posted 2214 days ago

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 2212 days ago

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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