Cabinets #1: Fish Tank Restore and Rebuild

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Blog entry by kocgolf posted 09-21-2013 06:34 PM 1487 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I picked up a decent 65 gallon fish tank off CL last week. I have some large goldfish occupying a pond in the back yard that are going to need a winter home soon. The tank itself is in decent shape, a little scratched and worn, but it will work. The base is a different, ugly story. Pine, 2×4s, rough. Rusted hardware, mildew inside.

Challenge Accepted.

I have cleaned the tank and stripped and put new silicone in the joints, so that is basically read. I now have disassembled the base and will be giving it a face lift. No plans drawn out, but will be building some new doors, re-facing the sides, and giving it a white finish to match the built-ins in the basement that it will be next to. Also, because the light fixture on top is so darn gorgeous I am hoping to build a top case that will just rest over the tank to mask it, with a hinged half-roof for feeding. That’s the only piece I don’t have a clear vision in my head for, but I am going to tackle the existing base first. Hoping this can be done quickly, goal in to be done in a week.

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#1 posted 09-25-2013 02:52 PM

Step one, make new doors and matching side panels. This was my first crack at some quick stub tenon doors, and with no dado stack, had to do two passes with the table saw. Nice easy way to make doors I must say, although I took it a little too safe on the cuts and ended up doing more sanding on the tenons than I would have wanted. But everything fits nice. Time to sand it and paint it all up! Stopping at Woodcraft tomorrow for some hinges and new knobs. Probably get it together before the weekend.

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