Classroom Turtle Habitat

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Project by Joe posted 03-05-2018 11:28 PM 1168 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is a Special Education Pre School Teacher here in Southern Indiana. She asked if I would build her a turtle habitat for her room, just had to have it. And so I did, like a good little husband.

Its built like a battleship, so little ones can’t get hurt, safety is a big concern in this project for kids and the turtle. I used 3/4” Birch plywood using my Kreg Jig for assembly . I laminated the bottomed and each side with vinyl flooring to make it easy to clean. I laminated the outside with 1/4” Ash and Mahogany to enhance the appearance. The glass is 1/4” hardened shatter proof so inquisitive children could see in safely. The box on top has three different lights that warm the turtle and make him/her think its summer time, so he/she stays active. That was a project in its self. The box and the screen panels lift out when necessary. The panels allow air flow and easy access. The loft and cave area underneath gives the turtle the ability to burry him/ her self or climb around. It took awhile but it turned out nice, problem is, it takes four strong men and a boy to lift it let alone move it. The kids love it though, not so sure about the turtle.

Thanks for your time, Take Care, Joe

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#1 posted 03-06-2018 01:40 AM

Very nice….but no picture of the turtle.

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#2 posted 03-06-2018 03:20 AM

Wow, you put a lot of work in that. Looks so good…

-- Robbi

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#3 posted 03-06-2018 11:37 AM

Good little husband. All joking aside. Great project.

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Mainiac Matt

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#4 posted 03-06-2018 10:14 PM

That turtle is going to be living in the lap of turtle luxury.

Very nicely done.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#5 posted 03-06-2018 10:40 PM

This is a beautiful habitat case and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 08-19-2018 05:12 PM

Great job. You could sell those boxes. You have elevated a turtle habitat to a new level. If I were a turtle I would consider It my ninja mansion. People would shell out Alot of lettuce for those boxes.
I bet the kids enjoy their new turtle home. It’s inspiration for the kids. It shows them what they could create if they set there minds to it. Thanks for sharing and being a good person.

-- James E McIntyre

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