View Full Version : My new project

06/12/2006, 05:26 PM
Well I decided to put my carpenter skills to work and decided to build a canopy for my tank. I wanted to just buy one but to no avail. I AM CLUELESS ON HOW TO BUILD THE DOORS. . I could use some advice. Overall Im pretty happy with the build so far. Just need some sanding and staining to do.


Thanks for any advice on the door.

06/12/2006, 05:50 PM
what kind of doors are you looking for? I used 1x4" routed the edges and glued them together with a firring strip. Put hinges on the end and magnetic pickups to hold the door closed.

06/12/2006, 05:55 PM
Thanks Murph. Im thinking of something thinner than 1". I need something light since the canopy is starting to get heavy.

06/12/2006, 08:13 PM
You could take some 1x(2, 3 or 4) to make a frame. Cut a dado length wise with a table saw and slide in some 1/4" ply... Should be really light.

06/16/2006, 08:30 AM
Any update Russ?

06/16/2006, 09:39 AM
I have not worked on this this week. Ill start again this weekend.

06/25/2006, 04:54 PM
I finally finished it. It aint no pro work, but I built it! :D


06/25/2006, 04:57 PM
Looks great Russ!!! How did you end up doing the doors? Got assembly pics?

06/25/2006, 05:03 PM
Sorry. No pics. The doors are just 1/4 birch. I couldnt find any pine that suited my needs. I just slapped some trim around it. The door are not on hinges. Since the doors are so light, and me constantly reaching in my tank, I didnt want them in the way and accidently break it. So I attached them with heavy duty velcro.

06/25/2006, 05:08 PM
looks sweet, Russ, nice work.

06/25/2006, 05:31 PM
Looks very very nice. I want someday soon to build a hood for my system.

06/26/2006, 07:49 AM
Great job Russ, it looks professional to me!