I decided to build my own since I could not find anything I truly liked. I love the minimalist *insert expensive name brand here* cabinets but hell if I am going to pay $600 for a 48" cabinet. My wife would strangle me, not to mention I am not a baller like that.
I downloaded some blueprints, they were in Russian, I translated and converted from metric.. yeah, the numbers did not work out as planned and there was a lot of "how in the hell is that off by that much?!" moments. On the positive side, unlike many of my DIY or mechanic adventures when I work on my car I still have all my digits and there were no calls to the EMT or trips to Centra Care for emergency medical help. More amazing not one band-aid was expended in the process of building this!!
I did not take a whole bunch of pics because no one wants to see wood being cut and sawdust so there are just a few I took. As I progress through the next stages nearing completion I will take more.
I completed the cabinet for the most part today. All I have left is to hang the doors then some light sanding to even all the edges then drill out the holes for power etc, add my light DIY idea and then finally the exterior.
I did use 2x2's on all the 6 main stress points and I climbed up on it and did the jump test. Rock solid. It is leveled perfect on all sides so double bonus for me.
I am going to mount a power strip inside and away from view and I have a nifty idea for interior lighting too!
My vision for the light fixture, I will get metal conduit and have it bent to a 90 degree angle then attach it to the back panel of the cabinet so I can suspend the lights above the tank, there will be two of them. No idea yet on the light but tossing around the DIY route. I've never messed around with LEDs from scratch so I may deviate from that and it might be more than I want to bite off to be honest.
The updated pics are below the originals.
All cut up and waiting for assembly
The jigsaw puzzle is beginning to take shape
Mostly assembled, need some additional supports added before I flip it to finish assembly
Level on all sides, bonus!!
I built the interior frame after partial assembly, I know I took the hard route but it wasn't that much extra work for me at least. I am overbuilding it by adding the 2x2 supports on top of the 1x2 frame. I just didn't get a warm and fuzzy feeling from the 1x2 frame and after I had it in there I went back for the 2x2's. I will add them to all the corners and center brace as well. Once that is complete I will flip it and work on the doors. Hopefully I will have that done this week. I have classes Thursday and Friday so I probably won't get back to finish this
until the weekend
until sometime next week. I forgot, it's grandmas birthday this weekend and we will be out of town.
I am not sure how I am going to face it since I have never worked with laminate and buying a sheet and winging it worries me. Plus it involves another power tool that can increase the odds of that trip to the ER that I have so skillfully avoided so far. Suggestions?
My light fixture idea:
I had it centered in the room but the wife overrode that and centered it to the hallway which is about two feet to the left of where I had it originally. She wanted me to go with some crazy color to match the room decor but I nixed that right away. It's neutral gray and minimalist, no freaking handles, no pretty colors. Period. End of discussion.
More updates as I progress.