This was my first “real” woodworking project. I wanted to build a custom stand for my new aquarium that would fit all the necessary equipment below the tank. Store bought stands tend to be just a tad small for my needs. I created the plan in Sketchup using a basic frame consisting of 2×4s to hold all the weight. The outside was done with select pine using nothing but store bought dimensional lumber. This is where Sketchup was invaluable, since it allowed me to plan things without having to do a single rip (since I don’t yet have a table saw). All fastening was done with glue and pocket screws. The inside was painted white and sealed (in case of small spills) and the outside was lightly stained and finished with satin poly. The door panels are held on with several recessed magnets. Overall I think the whole thing came out looking pretty good. With a lot of help from my step-dad (an experienced woodworker) I had a lot of fun with my first “real” woodworking project, so much in fact that now I’m hooked.