35 – Aquarium Cabinet from Walnut and Cherry raised panel doors

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This was project was an evolution in building. I started life with the intention of being a Terrarium Shelf for my oldest daughter. She has a snake that lives in a 40 gallon enclosure, and she wanted a shelf to put him on. Unfortunately for her pet and her, life got in the way, and what could have been a weekend build, turned into a 5 month project. I was so busy with commissioned jobs & YouTube videos, that, I didn’t have a lot of time for this.

But, perhaps that was a good thing. As time went on, she began looking at and thinking about other projects that I was doing. She saw a pedestal base on a media credenza that I did. And she really liked it. So, even though I had done the shelf part with a utilitarian project in mind, I though why not. Let’s upgrade the base, it’ll look great. (in fact, I had no choice at all. I usually do whatever they ask).

Well, the project slowed down again, and when I picked it back up, she had decided that she wanted the top-most shelf to hold a 10 gallon aquarium. No problem, I made the design changes on the fly (over the course of a week or two…, or three) and, off we went.

Now, by the time that was done, she decided it would look much better if the bottom were enclosed and had doors. Raised panel doors to be specific. She was right of course, so we added to the design and did that too.

Now it was my turn to make a change. It was suddenly too pretty to have large surfaces of Baltic birch plywood showing. I had some pieces of ¼” cherry plywood, and thought it would do nicely.

Then before you knew it, BAM she had a pretty cool Aquarium Cabinet from walnut & maple, instead of a plywood shelf for a terrarium. And it took less than half a year. Jyoti, if you are reading this, sorry it took forever, love you… ~Dad 

Things we used in this project:
Titebond III Wood Glue
Pattern Flush Trim router Bit
Classical Router Bit (Quadra-Cut)
Japanese Pull Saw
Rectangular Flat Cabinetmaker Wood Fine Cut Rasp
Cabinetmaker Wood Coarse Cut Rasp Set
Woodpecker’s Square
Quick Grip Clamps
Parallel Clamp Kit Includes: 2-24-inch, 2-50-inch
DeWalt Router
Kreg K5 Pocket hole system basic
Kreg screws for 3/4″ plywood or softwood

100 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets
150 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets
220 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets
320 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets
Style-Line Soft-Sander 4-1/2”, set of 6 profiles

Round Rail and Stile Router Bit Set
Quadra-Cut Raised Panel Router Bit with Backcutters
Router Bit Set-Up Jigs for 92013 and 32373 Round Bits
Woodpeckers Coping Sled

Woodpecker Router Table setup:
These 6 items Bolt together for a prefect top of the line high end setup… It is my exact system.
V2 Precision Router Lift
36″ Single Offset Super Fence
Woodpecker 20″ x 37″ Premium Router Table Stand
Woodpecker Phenolic Router Table, 27 x 43
Woodpeckers Precision WHEEL KIT
Porter Cable 7518 3-1/4 HP Router Motor

Self Centering (Vix) Bit
Blum Hinge Mounting Plate
Blum Hinge Soft Close
Freud 35mm Forstner bit
Titebond III Wood Glue
Woodpecker’s Square

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