Fish Tank Cabinet Rebuild

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Project by kocgolf posted 10-14-2013 01:31 AM 4409 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up a 65 gallon tank with a terrible but functional cabinet on CL a couple weeks ago. It felt like a good project to learn a new skill, stub tenon doors. I had some bead board laying around and a bunch of select pine, and seeing as how this was a 2×4 and slop stained cabinet to begin with, it was perfect. I pulled the side panels and doors and tossed them in the garbage, rebuilt them, attached with some woodcraft flush mount hinges (nice!) and set it all up in my daughters downstairs toy room. Turned out great and we all love it!

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#1 posted 10-14-2013 01:56 AM

Nicely done! I like the clean lines much better than the original.

-- Tom Peterson, Omaha, NE

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#2 posted 10-14-2013 01:14 PM

Great tank, enjoy it.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#3 posted 10-15-2013 06:52 PM

I like the stand! I have built a few fish tank stands myself.
I have a question on the doors. Did you get the bead board from home depot? I wanted to make doors like that but my router set that I have cuts a 1/4 groove for the center panel and the bead board I saw at HD is not that thick and it would be to loose. I have not come up with any other way to make it fit tighter so was curious how you did yours? Thanks!

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#4 posted 10-15-2013 09:15 PM

The beadboard was leftover from another project, and I believe it came from Menards. I cut my dados for the stub tenons and panels with two passes on the tablesaw with a Diablo rip blade so I could adjust to any width. I think it came out to 1/4 inch, or to within a 64th of that.

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#5 posted 10-17-2013 01:34 PM

Looks great and sturdy, like the bead boards and the color. Great to see it with the aquarium, looks fantastic. Well done!

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