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Project by MostlyHarmless posted 06-24-2010 08:26 PM 1588 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Behold these marvels of my creation!

Ok, I’m not fishing for complements here. I’m uploading these two project pieces as examples of my work prior to becoming a Lumber Jock lurker or reading any reference material. Obviously there’s shortcomings in these pieces and perhaps when my honey to do list allows I’ll redo them with a higher level of competency.

The first piece is an aquarium lid and light combo. About 2 months ago I was gifted this aquarium without a lid, and upon shopping for a new one, the pricing was such that I decided I could save $50 and make one myself. (Which is about right, new lids were around $40 plus $80 for a light, my build expense was round $60).
The lid is made of furring strips, MDF and Plexiglas. I used a rope light with foil backing on the lid to direct lighting and spliced the power cable to add an external on/off switch. Black spraypaint finish with a chrome drawer handle.
The joints are simply glued miter cuts. I routed a grove inside the strips to make a slot for the Plexiglas. The lid and light anchors are screwed into place.
Short comings: the rope light is more dull than I would have liked. It provides a nice warm light which I think actually mimics daylight pretty well, but it doesn’t help show the fish in the tank. The on/off switch is in a bad location as whenever the lid is opened by tiliting, the switch gets toggled and the light turns off (I specially propped the lid for the photo). The joints are pretty weak and while I sealed the lid pretty tight, I’m sure the finish is allowing moisture through.

The second piece is the pine wood derby car I made for my son’s Cub Scout derby. Basically I built the car and he did the finish work. Not much to say here, its a simple block of wood that I added some extra pieces around to shape it like a Hummer.

Well thats it for now,
Stay thirsty my friends.

-- If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.

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#1 posted 06-25-2010 12:18 AM

Thrifty, inventive, creative, with humility. A good combination. Good work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 06-25-2010 03:46 AM

Great job, why buy it when you can make it. Cool projects.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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#3 posted 06-25-2010 06:18 PM

Welcome aboard. Its a good start.
This is certainly the place to be inspired. Look forward to seeing some of those projects from your list.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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dan abalos

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#4 posted 06-26-2010 04:25 AM

Hey we all start somewhere right. Those are good first time projects you’ve got there. Trust me I have done some pretyy scary things with wood that I thought were okay until I sat down and looked back OMG I sucked big time. I’ve been at it for about fifteen years now and today I can build cabinets, benches, built in shelving units. It just takes time and practice and oh yeah lots of wood to burn LOL. I just got a commission for a cofee table from a co-worker so I must be getting better eh?
Love the hummer derby car your son built wink wink nod nod;-)
Keep at it dude, you’ll amaze yourself.

-- Beer is the reason I exist on this earth, that and my family! (Aurora, IL) my blog:

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#5 posted 06-27-2010 02:53 AM

Nice job! My husband would like to add that he likes your ingenuity, Bravo!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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