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Miniature Dry Garden
Basic Description Here is a free plan for a miniature version of the traditional dry rock garden. These gardens have been perfected over the centuries as centers of quiet reflection. In keeping with the simple elegance of these gardens, we show you how to make the entire project, including the rake, out of a single piece of wood. These make perfect gifts or stress-relieving aids.
Materials Wood for project itself and router template, double-sided tape, finishing oil. A complete material list is provided below.
Tools Table saw, plunge-type router with dish-cutting bit, bandsaw, sandpaper, clamps (if you are surfacing rough lumber, you will also need a jointer and a thickness planer). A complete tool list is provided below.
Cost The plan itself is free! Estimated cost of materials: $2
Time 3 hours
Difficulty Easy
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Similar Projects If you enjoy this project, you may also want to consider our free plans for a wall mirror and shallow box.

the project plan begins here

step:     1              

The first step involves acquiring the necessary materials and proper tools. It is best to get everything prepared before commencing because you are free to progress without unnecessary interruptions.
completed miniature dry garden

Material List

Item Qty. Description
#1 varies Wood. You can use any type of hardwood, we used a leftover piece of walnut. We used a piece of walnut approx. 3/4" x 7" x 12" (20 x 175 x 300mm).
#2 varies Plywood, MDF or particle board for the routing template. We used a piece of MDF that was about 18" x 24" (46 x 60cm).
#3 - Fine sand and decorative rocks (you may need to sift the sand through a screen to remove larger grains).
#4 - finishing oil more info

Tool List

table saw more info
plunge router more info with a dish cutting bit
disc sander more info and/or belt sander more info
if you are using rough lumber you will also need a jointer more info and a thickness planer more info

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