Building a cabinet

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  1. simonmcgill

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    I am not sure if this has been discussed before but I would like to know if anyone has built their own cabinet to wrap around their tank.

    If you have would you be able to share what worked and what did not.

    I would like to build one that I can take all the doors off to work freely in the sump but I am not sure what clips, magnets would be used to keep the doors attached to the 50mm stand piping. In addition what type of wood should one use eg chip board, superwood etc

    Any ideas from you would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Tagging along for this one also busy with my planning.
     
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    hi,

    i have a nice idea...will share when i start this weekend
    also look on @carlosdeandrade thread for his
     
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    I have made my own as well, or at least I have started. I used normal melamine. Just make sure it is on little feet as you don't want to chip board to get any water with spills.

    If you just want to use magnets you can use rare earth magnets. I used this on the temporary cabinet I made and worked very well.
     
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    Well, I got the planks, just need to do it one of these days.

    Due to the sizes, I do not plan to hang the planks to the cabinet. The problem with that is that the wood cannot stand on the floor due to possible water damage. My plan so far is to use rubber feet, same as on toilet seats as stands. That would give enough clearance at the bottom.

    Then the top part I would use C-Clips. Same idea as those white plastic wardrobe door catches in your bedroom, just bigger and brown.
     
  7. riyadh

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    I am also gonna do one soon. Spoke to a carpenter friend and he says that you get a hinge where you can remove the door by slipping it out of the other side. Hinges are around R35 each
     
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    i dont need a cabinet on my tank but we build one for a friend not so long ago. we used Velcro tape to secure the panels including the one in the front that has the doors to access the sump. works really well. just glue the Velcro to the stand frame and to the wooden panel and job done
     
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    there is some pics of how it looks

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    why do they come out sideways :banghead:
     
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    Fraser W Swazi Reefer

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    Dam That tank and the cabinet looks sweet was really well done
     
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    haha of course it was build by some not-so-expert-Swazi-reefers... should i post the pic where you are standing next to the tank :lol:
     
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    Normal shutter ply stain and varnish, inside is painted with a waterproofing paint, all panels are removable. The front attaches to the sides with overcentre catches under the lip. Doors are dummy.

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    Thanks guys and gals this is really useful information. Keep it coming and if you can post some pictures to show us the details that would really assist.
     
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    simonmcgill Thread Starter

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    I am really interested in ways that you do not need to drill into the stand to attach the doors as i am affraid it could crack the glass from the vibration.
    @RiaanP how would those C clips attach to the stand?
     
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    single pop rivet
    or screw.
    or silicone

    Pop rivet is a bit tricky to attach.

    Still need to test the strength of the c-clip, and if silicone will work.
     
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    Great thread Im also interested in building a cabinet so Im here for enlightenment:biggrin:
     
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    Next on my DIY list is a canopy and a wrap around. So I'm also looking for some info. Ideally I dont want to attach it to my stand so if i need to move it for whatever reason, I can. Maybe I can find a way to cable tie it around the stand or maybe those C-Clips?

    I've heard plywood is a good option? Coat of waterproofing seal over it and then stain it the colour to match the room. I know Builders will cut wood for you, so my thinking is to design it, get the size of all the pieces I need and then get them to cut it to size. Then I can hire an electric sander, paint with the waterproofing seal and then assemble. It sounds easy enough, but is it really? Tricky part might be the doors, but hinges would be the easiest option and readily available.

    I got a quote of R4700 from a carpenter to do this work, but I'm sure I could do it for much cheaper myself. Any pointers?
     
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    My cabinet is not attached to my stand so I can pull the whole thing away if I needed to. attaching the doors is more difficult as you don't always have places to attach the hinges onto the 'shell'. That is why I use magnets to keep it in place.

    A cabinet is quite heavy so no need to attach it to the stand IMO.
     
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    You can use any wood as long as you seal it properley (I used Woodock Marine Sealer 3 coats) and for atachmant I used Nametag Magnets and atached them to the wood with a small screw and just wiped some silicone with my finger over the magnets to avoid scratching the powder coating.

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    That looks great @ tiger eye. How did you attach the top section
     
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