Turtle Enclosure/Corner Cabinet

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Project by KylesWoodworking posted 06-23-2012 01:29 AM 1628 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this one a few months ago but just haven’t uploaded it.
I built this cabinet as a commission piece for a guy that wanted a land turtle enclosure on top of a corner cabinet. It is made out of plywood carcase and maple face frame and doors. It has an adjustable shelf, glass front, sleeping spot for the turtle with a hole for a heat lamp in a removable lid, and a brace across the top to attach clamp on lights to. It is finished with just a clear coat of poly.
The size is about 42” high, 60” wide, and 34” deep. The customer didn’t think it through well when he have me the measurements, because it was too big to fit through his door, so he had to take his door out. But he said that he was happy with the size and he wanted it that big.


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#1 posted 06-23-2012 01:33 AM

Sweet build, Kyle!
Sometimes even with the best of planning, the project doesn’t fit through the door (or up the basement steps).

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 06-23-2012 01:36 AM

Thanks Lew!
Yes, but at least it gives you an excuse to “remodel” the door/steps. haha


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#3 posted 06-23-2012 02:47 AM

Your quality and craftmanship is outstanding. Fit and finish is excellent, keep up the good work, and stay in love with woodworking.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 06-23-2012 10:40 AM

Very nicely done. Really great joints on those doors. Nice build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#5 posted 06-23-2012 04:11 PM

Thanks! And I will always stay in love with woodworking!

Thanks Roger!


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#6 posted 06-23-2012 06:17 PM

Looks great but what happens when the turtle needs to #1 or #2? Will one coat of poly keep it from seeping into the wood??

-- Tony

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#7 posted 06-25-2012 02:28 AM

Good question, I knew someone was going to ask. I actually applied 3 coats of poly but I made it sound like I only applied 1 for some reason.
But to answer your question, I think the customer had some kind of plastic or something to put down on the bottom, I’m not sure though because I never asked him what he was going to do.


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