How about some more details?
Well, I don't know what to say. I had seen them before (desktop Zen gardens) and thought they looked cool. I was watching a program on TV over the weekend about Japan (architecture mostly) and it reminded me how cool their gardens where. In the show they visited a 500 year old Zen garden in Kyoto.
So I went to the shop Monday morning and grabbed a handful of wood, threw it on the bench and wasn't coming out until I made one.
No plan really, in fact I will give a glimpse into my design process when I woodwork, set by step.
First I had to decide what size. I had a blank sheet of paper I was going to sketch things out on (never got around to the sketch) and decided "Yep, that's about right, 9"x11"" So I was going to build a 9x11 box throw some sand I had (actually blasting media) in it and some rocks (well a busted blackboard that pieces where in the rock driveway).
I thought that was going to be boring and I had wanted to try my hand at "box making". So the drawer idea popped into my head. OK, I have to make two 9"x11" open top boxes, one for the sand one for the tools/rocks.
While I was making them I was stewing on some sort of base. I knew I wanted that curved pagoda (for the lack of a better term) style leg. But how to make the drawer work without slides ? Simple, make 3 legs that the drawer is cradled in that holds the top up.
The boxes are 1 1/2" tall. I just cut the inner part of the bases out their width (+1/16") and 3 1/8" tall for a 1/8" gap between. The radius on the outside of the legs I drew on tracing around an empty coffee can I had handy.
After the glue had dried on the boxes, and it dried fast it was 100 in the shop
. I simply flipped the leg assemblies upside down and glued/clamped the top in upside down also. I flipped it back over and drilled small holes from the inside to put chopstick (see a theme here) dowels in, you can see the end of the bamboo chopstick dowels in one of the pictures.
The bottom drawer just slides on the base, pretty smooth too.
The rake is made with some leftover carryout chopsticks and bamboo skewers. The windchime is made of some more chopstick and the brass insert from a pen making kit. Like I said I am not sure about the windchime, but it was still early in the day and I had time to kill I had already completed what I set out to do.
Detailed enough ?