REALLY FRESH Fish & Milk - A "Fishtank Refridgerator" Cabinet Surround

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 04-24-2012 06:56 PM 5820 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here’s the reveal – our marine grade plywood / cherry European style cabinet surround for a refrigerator converted into a fish tank. The interior is 3/4” douglas fir painted gloss white, the exterior is cherry (3/4” doors / solid frames and 1/4” skins) with a conversion varnish finish. Adjustable European hinges, stainless steel pulls, and solid cherry moldings. – Some rare behind the scenes footage!

Project completed for ATM (Acrylic Tank Manufacturing) & Animal Planet’s hit series “Tanked” – if you watch the second-season premiere you may see 12 digital frames of us included carrying one cabinet into Plesser’s Appliance and a glimpse of my truck. (DO NOT BLINK!) ...

Shown Wayde King, Heather King, Eric Saperstein, Michael Pietras, and Brett Raymer.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 04-24-2012 07:10 PM


The cabinets are beautiful and the Refridgerator Fish Tank is,,ah,,er,,hmmm,, why not,,,cool. ;-)

Very nicely done. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 04-24-2012 07:30 PM

very cool Eric, glad you had that opportunity, great exposure..very nice cabinet, 1/4 skins is a great touch….grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 04-24-2012 07:34 PM

^That is out of this World!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 04-24-2012 07:51 PM

The condiments will last a long time, but what happens when the milk goes Bad? Ha.

I hope the exposure is a blessing for you. The “characters” on the show are a little too “much” for me, but your work is outstanding. And I hope you are getting the most you can out of it. I saw an aquarium in an old TV set on some auction show last week, seems to be the trend to make unusual fish tanks, including appliances.

Good work guys,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#5 posted 04-24-2012 08:43 PM

ha ha ha. this is great!

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#6 posted 04-24-2012 08:44 PM

Me and my daughter watch your show all the time, and watched this particular episode. It’s a coincidence because I went to have some fish today and they had the exact same shark head y’all used in one of your other episodes (made me think of your show).

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#7 posted 04-24-2012 10:27 PM

Congrats on your spot on tv. Who knows where it will take you. Look how well know John from Extreme Birdhouses is now. Don’t forget us little people. HAHA!

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#8 posted 04-25-2012 12:55 AM

How do you stop the fish drinking the milk strait out of the carton?

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 04-25-2012 01:31 AM

Very Very COOL!

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#10 posted 04-25-2012 04:56 PM

This is way cool! Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#11 posted 04-26-2012 09:56 PM

Thanks for the feedback. The exposure doesn’t hurt – but well, less than “expected …” for the airtime on both episodes. We’ll see what comes out of it going forward??

Last year’s project w/ “Tanked” –

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#12 posted 04-29-2012 03:13 AM

Love that show. It is actually on tv as I type with a dental office hanging theme tank.

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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