TV Fish Tank

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Project by Jon Parker posted 12-07-2008 06:32 PM 7918 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I did a few years ago. I got this old TV from the local thrift store for about $5 and gutted it’s original components. I put in supports and a shelf for the fish tank to sit on. Then I removed the top and hinged it in the back so I could open it from the front for feeding, cleaning, etc. As far as woodworking goes – it was a simple shelf inside, a hinges, and locking brace – but it worked great and kept the fish low so kids could see it, but not get into it.

-- Jon | Rigby, Idaho

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#1 posted 12-07-2008 07:01 PM

Hope you are ready for the digital conversion in February. After Feb. 9th you won’t be able to see your fish anymore without a converter.


-- JMP

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#2 posted 12-07-2008 07:11 PM

lol…emeralds!!! great idea Jon! How does it look at night with the light on…I always loved my old fishtanks at night…

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#3 posted 12-07-2008 07:34 PM

So true Emeralds, unless you already have on of those small satellite fish. If you have one of those, they come with a receiver box fish, they usually are stuck on the wall somewhere. If you don’t have one of those, then you may want look into buying a Phish converter box. This will turn all your normal everyday analog fish into HD fish. One of the benefits of having a HD fish is the high resolution. Basically take an everyday fish may have 10 to 20 scales per inch but, a HD fish has anywhere from 1000 to 2000 scales per inch. I mean what more could you ask for. I mean as Americans I think we already spend way to much time watching FISH. And know just as you are comfortable watching your fish, they tell you that your fish isn’t the best fish and that you HAVE to upgrade your fish. WELL my answer to all of this is Streaming Phish.

-- Wood,clay,metal, and stone are all just materials, until an artist's hand touches them.--TreeFormDesign

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#4 posted 12-07-2008 11:10 PM

Very nice.

The only Critique I would have about this piece.

Would be to put a backing on the tank, or a Painted backboard with small holes at the bottom to give you the cord exiting holes, as well as a Scenery behind the tank so you don’t see the Holes in the back where the TV Innards were.


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#5 posted 12-15-2010 07:19 PM

That’s all true Joshua, but you have to admit that Jon has true 3D, way ahead of rest of us. So realistic you’d swear they were alive.

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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