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 

Tools & Supplies used for this build:
Titebond III Wood Glue http://amzn.to/2u4zRHk
Pattern Flush Trim router Bit http://amzn.to/2vNVwAC
Classical Router Bit (Quadra-Cut) http://amzn.to/2wWkRx7
Japanese Pull Saw http://amzn.to/2xBTC7Y
Rectangular Flat Cabinetmaker Wood Fine Cut Rasp http://amzn.to/2vOI3Z5
Cabinetmaker Wood Coarse Cut Rasp Set http://amzn.to/2vwxkXZ
Woodpecker’s Square http://amzn.to/2gZEEV6
Quick Grip Clamps http://amzn.to/2tFHaFE
Parallel Clamp Kit Includes: 2-24-inch, 2-50-inch http://amzn.to/2wrQifC
DeWalt Router http://amzn.to/2hMkwpZ
Kreg K5 Pocket hole system basic http://amzn.to/2fSkDQb
Kreg screws for 3/4″ plywood or softwood http://amzn.to/2fRIj7q

Below, I have detailed the supplies and tools that I used to build the Raised Panel doors. These are affiliate links through Amazon. If you happen to need any of these items and buy them through these links, then I get a small fee from Amazon. It will cost you nothing more, but it helps me to support our channel.

100 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets http://amzn.to/2w1RPc9
150 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets http://amzn.to/2xrAZmu
220 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets http://amzn.to/2xrB5KS
320 grit SandBlaster Ultra Flexible Sanding Sheets http://amzn.to/2wlV8gW
Style-Line Soft-Sander 4-1/2”, set of 6 profiles http://amzn.to/2g4USfK

Round Rail and Stile Router Bit Set http://amzn.to/2vnPfeA
Quadra-Cut Raised Panel Router Bit with Backcutters http://amzn.to/2iqeVGg
Router Bit Set-Up Jigs for 92013 and 32373 Round Bits http://amzn.to/2wndrSY
Woodpeckers Coping Sled http://amzn.to/2vXIILn

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 http://amzn.to/2vX1TEO
36″ Single Offset Super Fence http://amzn.to/2xrHEwR
Woodpecker 20″ x 37″ Premium Router Table Stand http://amzn.to/2g4I2y0
Woodpecker Phenolic Router Table, 27 x 43 http://amzn.to/2vXmpFf
Woodpeckers Precision WHEEL KIT http://amzn.to/2g3nAOd
Porter Cable 7518 3-1/4 HP Router Motor http://amzn.to/2vX5jaz

Self Centering (Vix) Bit http://amzn.to/2ww1Jmh
Blum Hinge Mounting Plate http://amzn.to/2sZFaIh
Blum Hinge Soft Close http://amzn.to/2sLqFnt
Freud 35mm Forstner bit http://amzn.to/2u47Foh
Titebond III Wood Glue http://amzn.to/2u4zRHk
Woodpecker’s Square http://amzn.to/2gZEEV6

20 Replies to “35 – Aquarium Cabinet from Walnut and Cherry raised panel doors”

  1. Hi James, great video as always! I have looked at your Amazon shop, but I cannot find the special drills you use when pre drilling for screw. They look oddly pointy 🙂
    Sorry if this has already been answered in another video 🙂

  2. Now that's what I'm talking about 😊 sorry I called you Mickey mouse 😄✌ BEAUTIFULL WORK..👍 & Beautifull Daughters .

  3. Wow all that Beautifull wood it should of been BUILT Strong to begin with .this is strong
    wood .it should be abel to hold a 300 lb 50 gallon aquarium .should of BEEN STRONG TO BEGIN WITH..your Mickey mouse.👎

  4. Wow what a beautiful cabinet & strong as a bull lol!!! Your daughter's are skilled wood workers and do great work themselves I think that is awesome family time doing something together you all love.

  5. one question… my home was flooded and i need flooring all over the house…money is xtremely tight…so i am looking to alternatives to cut prices…wood cheap planks of flooring are expensive and won't last ….ceramic like wood is expensive – pretty but out of our budget …so i thought that i can make the planks from wood…the question is…pine is too soft…cheap option…oak is my choice but do i buy playwood or the actual planks? Where do i find the playwood and planks at good price other than home depot and lowes? If you have any ideas please let me know.
    Also what type of playwood do i use to make the kitchen cabinets? thanks.

  6. i have to congratulate u….few man will allow the females in their caves…and allowing ur daughters to learn a trade is amazing…when i was younger many ages ago…lolol…i wanted to learn how to do things but i was always shoooo to go to the kitchen or to clean…i learned a lot of things by my own and enjoy a lot the carpentry and construction trade. Moreover…congratulation to your daughters to care enough to share time with u and learn the trade…we need more man like u and more teens like your daughters…amazing!!!

  7. I knew my teachers were wrong when they told me I put to much glue…father of the year award ladies and gentlemen 😂😂

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