Reptile Habitat

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Project by RSCustomwoodworking posted 08-11-2010 01:31 AM 2025 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok I bet this is a new one to most of you. This is a 24” X 24” X 48” Reptile Habitat with a base cabinet that is 24”x 48”X 30” High. This unit is made from pine and pine plywood. The stain is English Chestnut and it is coated with satin polyurethane. The bottom is laminated to protect it from moisture and heat from heating pads the top is made from metal screen. The Habitat can house a sake up to 10 feet long.

-- Mike, Michigan, http/

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 01:42 AM

Well today was a good day in the shop. My son and I assembled 22 doors and cut 12 drawer fronts for a kitchen reface job. The beauty of this one is they are to be delivered in two weeks. It is good to be ahead of schedule for a change. Now we just need to do the had sanding and white primer. I will post some pics when we are done.
Our next reptile enclosure is also in process this one will house a Chinese water dragon. It presents a couple of challenges like an acrylic pan 24” square and 71/2” deep that needs to be water tight and acrylic doors. I have never done anything like this so I am experimenting with two different types of cement for building acrylic aquariums. This has been a learning process and really quite fun.

-- Mike, Michigan, http/

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 01:49 AM

Nice Habitat! Looks very Cool! I should say very warm…. You know what I mean!
Great Job! Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 02:40 AM

Glad it’s emty snakes of any size freak me out….................................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 04:23 AM

Thanks for shareing. Im looking to get some fish for my daughter and this gives me a great idea for that. Thanks again great project.

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 07:24 AM

That is nice -you went the extra mile in providing a nice piece of furniture for the home rather than settling for what’s out there to fill a need. -those “waterproof” cements and adhesives are hard to get to know

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#6 posted 08-11-2010 10:30 AM

Great job nice home for the pets. Better than the junck you pay big bucks for at the stores.

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

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 04:58 AM

Mike, did you seal the interior?

I built one for a rare sand boa quite a few years ago, and almost lost him because of the finish I used to seal the plywood…

Yours is much nicer looking than mine was… :)

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 10:49 PM

I did seal the interior with a poly urethane. The bottom is laminated with stanrd laminae and I sealed around the edges with an aquarium grade silicon.

-- Mike, Michigan, http/

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