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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.

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Once the base and rake are complete, you are ready for the final step. Sand all the pieces using progressively finer grits of sandpaper (we used the grits in the following order: 100, 120, 150, 180, 240, 320, 400). You can click on the image to the right for an enlarged view.
the dry garden after sanding
Once all of the pieces sanded, they are ready for a finish. You can use a stain and follow with a polyurethane. We used three coats of antique oil which is an oil/ varnish blend consisting of mineral spirits, oil, and a spar varnish. For more detailed information regarding finishing, consider Understanding Wood Finishing by Bob Flexner. Let the pieces completely dry before use.

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