Aquarium cabinet

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Project by Boneski posted 03-12-2011 03:19 PM 3223 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the aquarium cabinet I made over the past year.
It was made completely from scratch with (very rough) plans that were dictated by the aquarium itself.
I had never made a cabinet of any type before so most of the techniques involved I figured out for myself.
I’m particularly proud of the full inset rail and style doors.
The carcase was made from scavenged pine building lumber whilst the visible dress parts were made from some resawn clear pine and veneered plywood.
There is some level of customisation to suit my requirements such as LED lighting for the cupboards (pic #3) and a hidden door for the water change manifold (pic #4) which is opened from inside of one of the main cupboards. The switch gear for the lighting is also at the bottom of this cupboard.
The hood also has a number of custom elements. I made a dual flourescent light from some 50mm square aluminium tubing which also forms part of the structure of the otherwise flimsy plywood lid. The whole hood is lined with aluminium foil to reflect light towards my fishies. There is also a timer enclosure (pic #5) which is revealed once the front of the hood is opened, that switches between the main lights and a low output night light.
I found out too late in the peice that I needed to learn a lot more about staining timber, as you can see by the uneven coverage on the main cabinet. The hood, which I stained at a later date came out real even. I think I’ve figured it out now.
Lesson learnt. I just tell people I was going for the “rustic” look.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#1 posted 03-12-2011 04:44 PM

Nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 10:03 AM

Hey thanks, Mr Woodworm.

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#3 posted 04-22-2011 02:21 AM

Nice looking aquarium cabinet.

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