I found a 45 Gallon tank with an iron stand outside. The stand was rusting, and the tank had the most amazing mineral deposits. CLR and some sanding took care of that. However I wanted to make a DIY cabinet and hood. Since the money was tight, I opted to add paneling to the iron stand. This project took me a day and cost me about 40$.
This is what i found!!!
1X 8by4 plywood 15$, got it cut at Home depot.
1X L wood to hide joints. 11$ (see pics)
So instead of buying a 300$ hood and stand, by a cheap iron stand and add paneling to it!!
Pics attached below, a work in progress!
The glue I used, very important! I initially planned to use a glue gun
The materials, 1/8 or 3mm thick wood - supposed to be used for paneling but with drywall support, however the stands metal beams are good enough support.
Attaching the front panel
The aquarium with 2 shoplights T8 and T5
The sides go on
View from the front, there is some messy glue but that will be covered later
With the L joint wood
Now for the hood.
The hood is super low-tech and simple. and quite fragile, however it rests on top of the shop lights
That little cup holds Flourite, just a water test I guess
And the finished product
ANY COMMENTS/CRITIQUE WELCOME!
I did post a diary, though i would post is it in the diy section