For the relaxing time this Zen garden will let you go off on a venture all on your own. Made from wood, Stone, Sand and white sugar this will pass the time.
Step 1) This project needs sugar, sand, basswood, walnut and wood glue. All of these items are easily available from around the house or hardware stores.
Step 2) This project starts with a circle, this circle can be any size but for this project it starts around 11" in dia. Once the first circle is made it is copy and pasted to create a second circle, this circle is just a bit smaller to create a border wall for the Zen Garden. There will be 3 of these needed for the depth of the garden. If you decide to use thicker wood then less is needed.
Step 3) The bottom of the Zen Garden is walnut wood, the bootm needs to be the same size as the outter first circle that was created. Along with this bottom piece 6 small circles are also needed and they can be created and cut from the same substrate.
Step 4) In this step a swirl of an S shape is needed to create the yin yang. This was simply done by adjusting the letter S until I was happy. Once the shape was made this also needs to have 3 of them cut out for the same depth. This all can be cut from the same basswood. I decided to cut these separate so it could be adjust before assembly.
Step 5) Now the fun begins, this step a small rake and spreader is created. This is done with the letter m, this m is duplicated and united together. Once this was one piece a rectangle is created to add to the top of these m's to create a spreader. Once that was added by uniting it a small 5mm hole was created to fit 5mm small doweling. The doweling is optional for the rake handle a square piece can also be cut and glued to make the handle.
Step 6) Once all the items needed have been cut on the S1 20w machine gluing all the pieces together is quite simple. Just each piece on top of each other. Once all glued together one side is filled with sand and the other is filled with the sugar. Now that both sides have ample filler the small rake comes into play and you can design with it over and over until you want a new look, just flip the rake over to smooth all the filler flat again Enjoy.