Bookshelf with built in aquarium

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Project by donaldcox posted 01-14-2011 04:48 PM 3974 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Needing more shelf space on our third floor granted me the opportunity to build a book shelf and try out new techniques. First I built a tank into the aquarium, this was a little nerve racking given my wife doesn’t like my woodworking hobby and 20 gallons of water would be slightly problematic. Second I used my router table for the first time and this was my practice project so all edges aren’t perfect but neither am I. Third I discovered the joys of working with milk paint. I was amazed at how easy it was to use. I started with a base red then salmon for the second coat and finished with mustard yellow. I then sanded the project to varying depths giving it a weathered look. I top coated with light brown paste wax. Lastly, and finally I built up the courage to use some of the guaiacum wood (original lignum vitae) wood that my grandfather gave me. The wood is amazing by itself but the story is better. My grandfather cut down the tree and milled the lumber while working in south america during the 50s. He then shipped it back to the US. Sad since now the tree is a potentially endangered species (due it uses in engineering) but it is absolutely stunning to look at. Simple yet satisfying project.

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 05:15 PM

Nice way to display your tank. Good job.

-- Greg Leighty

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