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A zen garden is an interesting thing. It looks like a mini sandbox, but in reality it is supposed to bring you relaxatioin when you rake the sand. And it does. I didn't really think I would be relaxed be raking the sand, but somehow, someway, it is relaxing. Maybe it's the need to rake in perfect little straight lines. I don't really know. What I do know is that a normal zen garden is boring. If you want to show off your coolness, you need to make your zen garden cool. How do you do that, you ask? Don't fear! Follow my instructable. 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools

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This project is really cool beacause the only materials you need is a keyboard and sand. Sand is free, and the keyboard can be an old, junky keyboard that you get for a dollar. The tools that I used are:
               - Tin Snips
               - Hot Glue Gun
               - Jig Saw
               - Screw Driver
You don't need much for this instructable at all. 

Step 2: Take Apart The Keyboard

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Taking apart the keyboard is really easy. All you have to do is unscrew a couple of screws. Save the screws for later. Once you pry the keyboard open, you should have a bunch of cool building materials. You will have three keyboard circuits, a bunch of little suction cups, a chip, a metal plate, and weird rubber thing. If you are a DIYer, save all of these materials! These are extremely cool building materials that you can you to build cool things like this

Step 3: Make The Box

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First, take off all of the keys from the section you want your zen garden to be in. This is pretty tedious, but make sure you don't damage yourself or the keyboard. Put the keys aside, because you'll need them for later. The next step is to take the jigsaw and cut out the rectangle in the keyboard. Once you are done cutting, sand it down to make sure there are no sharp edges and it looks pretty.
phox flame2 years ago
I found this "IBLE" :) while looking at something else,not sure what now lol..but I saw this and I rarely comment,but I really loved this one,I'm not to much into the new age and kinda computer art stuff,but this one was very cool..:) I also loved your sand description and the pro and cons with getting each one...:) I thought you made and showed alot of valid points and alot of heart..I thought it was awesome..:)♥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ♥*¨¨*♥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ♥
nDR01d3 years ago
Great ible. Definitely has made me inspired to rework an old keyboard into something useful. Your notes on sand selection too were very entertaining =D
Angeln3 years ago
This would look great sitting in front of one of these
Railes3 years ago
I got a chuckle out of this one, Props for creativity.
splazem (author)  Railes3 years ago
Cyborg20043 years ago
Cool zen garden, I like it. This is the best thing you can do with a Comp(r)aq keyboard. (yes I know, I don't like Compaq) :D
splazem (author)  Cyborg20043 years ago
Chirpoff3 years ago
Huh, I'd never heard of this before. 777 views!
splazem (author)  Chirpoff3 years ago
Uh oh, bad luck! Turn around 3 times, then quack like a duck twice, and then pat your head once. Then, you will be cured of bad luck!
Yeah, right! Give me a break. :)

Sevens are my fav numbers, BTW.
splazem (author)  Chirpoff3 years ago
Trust me, you have to do it!
Uh huh, sure, whatever you say. :)
splazem (author)  Chirpoff3 years ago
If something bad happens to you, don't come crying to me.
LOLz I've put my trust in Something bigger than quacking like a duck. Thanks, though! Interesting profile pic, is it a light bulb?
splazem (author)  Chirpoff3 years ago
You trust something more than quacking like a duck? Probably making bird calls.... Oh, and this profile pic is a christmas light! Check out my other pictures that I added (I personally like the train one the best, but it doesn't work well for being a profile pic. Oh well.
Making bird calls?!?! Really? Puh-lese. We're talking the Planner, dude, ya know, as in, the ultimate Creator? I trust in Him, He's got my back!
That train pic is cool! Have a nice day! :)
splazem (author)  Chirpoff3 years ago
I think He would trust quacking like a duck.
He created the duck, and all the intricate pieces in it that make it capable of uttering sounds. It would seem rather silly to trust in it, a little part of His marvelous Creation! (Proverbs 3:5-6 :)
splazem (author)  Chirpoff3 years ago
I dunno know...
mikeasaurus3 years ago
Great reuse of a keyboard, and the 'z'en rake was a nice touch.
splazem (author)  mikeasaurus3 years ago
Thanks, and I'm glad someone noticed the rake! That was my favorite thing about this ible! :)
poofrabbit3 years ago
Holy cow I'm so going to do this to my broken keyboard!!!
splazem (author)  poofrabbit3 years ago
It's super easy! Send a picture if you finish, I'd love to see it.
happyjo4 years ago
This is awesome sauce! :D
splazem (author)  happyjo4 years ago
Thank you.
Lindie4 years ago
splazem (author)  Lindie4 years ago
ChrysN4 years ago
Nice, this is great! Team keyboard is the best!!!

(PS. the problem with the image notes is a known bug that they are trying to fix, you can add them in Firefox.)
splazem (author)  ChrysN4 years ago
Thanks, I don't have firefox, any suggestions?
PKM splazem4 years ago

Get Firefox

I'm not saying this because I think Firefox is The One True Browser, but it's always sensible to have access to more than one browser.  If a site doesn't work on one of them, try a different one.  If you are fatally allergic to Firefox try Chrome or Opera- just have at least one browser that isn't Internet Explorer.