So i figured id make a tank hood for my 50 litre community tank. I also figured it wouldnt be too expencive, though we have spent over $100 already on just materials and we havent bought paint yet.
The design is fairly simple and basic, has alot of room for imrpovement but with our limited time we decided on doing it the easy way.
Im gonna update this with the steps as we go along.. so stay tuned!
The team : My big Brother and I
The Tools & stuff : some wood, 18 W fluro light (62cm long), some electrical cable, a switch, a power plug, 2 little handle/knobs, 4 small silver cabinet hinges (rust resistant of course), some glue, some screws and some elbow grease. Oh yeah, and manly tough power tools! hell yeah! So far we have used the jigsaw, planer, belt sander & some other little sander.. and the vaccum cleaner ^_^. I also predict the use of electric screw driver thingys.
Draw your design on some paper
Mark up your wood
Cut out all your pieces
Aaaand thats as far as we have gotten so far. (all the pieces arent shown in this pic, this was taken before we cut all of them out.. you can see the base though)
Join your pieces together
and thats as far as we got for today ^_^ tomorrow will be adding the lids and stuff
sand and all that, paint it up nicely, join the lid with hinges and add a little knob so you can open it.
and we are done! how do you likey folks? =P
We used a panel of perspex to seperate the light from the water and cut 2 large holes in the base to allow for feeding & basic tank maintenence. there is a panel of wood seperating the holes at the front of the base from the light to stop water splashing into the light.
Anyway, hers a WARNING!!!
we used MDF (medium density fibre board) to make the hood out of. If you use this material you must wear a mask during any cutting or sanding of this wood. This wood is known to cause cancer if the dust particles are inhaled, due to the chemicals they use to put this wood together.