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DIY Mr. Aqua 22 gallon ADA style cabinet

So here's my go at an ADA style DIY cabinet for my new Mr. Aqua 22 gallon tank.

Materials:
1ea - sheet 3/4" (23/32") BC plywood
1ea - 1"x4" Furring Strip Board (a straight one)
1ea - 4' x 10" scrap 1/2" plywood

Kreg R3 Jr. Pocket Hole Jig System
1 box 1-1/4" coarse Kreg screws
Kreg face clamp
2 Irwin Quick-Grip clamps
Wood glue
Cordless Drill
Circular Saw

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I decided to make a jig for my circular saw so that I could cut straight lines with minimal effort.

Cut furring strip in half, half for the saw jig, other half for the cabinet middle stile.


I ripped the rounded edges off the furring strip with my table saw, took off about 1/4" on each side


Making of the jig.


The idea of the jig is that you mount the strip to the scrap plywood and then make a cut which will give you a nice straight edge that can be used to make straight cuts.


Finished jig.


First plywood cut setup.



First cut, nice and straight.


All pieces cut.


Since I wanted top and bottom to be truly 12"x36", the sides and the back dimensions had to be modified slightly to accommodate for how the boards will line up together. The back had to have 2 widths of the plywood taken from each side, making it approximately 34-1/2"x28-1/2" instead of 36"x30", and the sides needed 2 widths taken from the 30" side, making their final measurements approximately 12"x28-1/2". I did it this way on purpose, having made many a project only to have ended up cutting a board too short. I'd rather cut something twice than to buy another sheet of $40 plywood. And plus, my board stretcher is in the shop.

Pocket hole time. All the pocket holes will end up on the inside of the cabinet. I originally wanted to use the Kreg plugs in the holes but this just ended up being too much of a pain to deal with. Once the cabinet is painted and the doors on they will not be noticeable at all.






Now we're getting somewhere!


Middle stile added.


Front face plate added.


Nice first weekend of work, mounting doors and paint come next.



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Nice build !
Is the front faceplate attached to the top with kreg screws? Or just on the side panels?
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Nice build !
Is the front faceplate attached to the top with kreg screws? Or just on the side panels?
Thank you! I started to do that but the clearance in there after it was all put together was too tight to use the standard kreg screwdriver bit, so since that piece would not be carrying any weight I just decided on using finishing nails around it's perimeter and wood glue,
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Looks good! Going to Formica the outside?
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Awesome! I always wanted to make my own cabinet but lack of time and tools always make me buy one.
This one looks so cool. Please post more photos.

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Looks good! Going to Formica the outside?
Thanks! I think I'm just going to go with some gloss black lacquer paint to match some other furniture that is already in the room.
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awesome! can't wait to see you get the tank set up.


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Hey yeah sorry been busy with work and it's been raining here a lot lately. I have the majority of the cabinet sprayed with black lacquer paint, just need to paint doors and then give the whole thing a polyurethane coat or two. Only thing after that is getting some full overlay euro hinges installed and should be good to go! Will post some pics on Friday!
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Are you going to add some space in the bottom. I see your doors are laying flush to the floor which may give issues to get them open. Even raisin an inch your cabinet from the floor will be fine. Awesome build btw!!!!!


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Are you going to add some space in the bottom. I see your doors are laying flush to the floor which may give issues to get them open. Even raisin an inch your cabinet from the floor will be fine. Awesome build btw!!!!!


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Thank you, yeah I know it's kind of hard to tell from those pics but their will be an equal gap between the faceplate/door and the door/floor when I get the hinges installed.
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So this is what the stand is looking like these days. Over the past few weeks I have been doing a lot of sanding and painting with the black lacquer spray paint. I probably ended up using about 3 coats of paint which ended up being four spray cans. Today just finished applying the minwax clear gloss polyurethane spray. 3 coats to all surfaces, 2 cans. All that's left to do at this point is wait for the polyurethane to cure and then install the hinges. Sorry if the pictures seem a little hazy, it is so humid and hot here this time of year.









Here are the hinges that I picked out. Full Overlay Blum 110 deg. Soft-Close BLUMotion Clip Top Frameless Hinges. $20.49 per pair from amazon. Also picked up the 35mm forstner bit ($13.20) needed for installation.

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Finally got this finished!









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