DIY ADA'esk cabinet 610x510x636

Discussion in 'Completed DIY Projects' started by Danny, 28 Dec 2012.

  1. Danny

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    Ok so here is my build so far, I will be laminating the mdf with proper laminate as used on any contiboard you can buy in the shop and also filling and rubbing down the cabinet, I have to also seal the mdf with PVA which I will do tonight.

    My cut list: 18mm mdf

    610x510 x2 Top and Bottom
    492x600 x2 Sides
    574x600 x1 Back
    100x600 Front brace for the door closure
    610x600 divided into three:

    100x610 Plinth above the doors
    500x305 x2 The doors

    Total cost about £40
    8x4 sheet of mdf, pieces cut in B&Q
    Magnetic holders x4
    4x65mm dry wall screws

    The pics so far, not great but hopefully will give you an idea of the build.

    The wood,
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    Coming together
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    All together
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    Doors off
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    Dry finish
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    water test as it is now.
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    Any questions feel free to ask.
     
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  2. anttthony

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    Looks great

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  3. nduli

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    Looking good. How have you hinged the doors (or plan to hinge them?)
     
  4. Danny

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    I was thinking about using sunk hinges but don't fancy paying £20 for a bit to make the sink for them to sit in so have just used magnetic latches which work fine. I may change to sunk hinges as well as the magnetic grips in the future though.

    Just finished the first coat of PVA.......
     
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    Once the screw holes etc are filled and rubbed down then the laminate over the top it will be a nice joint less finish :)
     
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    looking good man, cant wait to see this painted.. how much you think you spent so far? im thinknig about doing this and buying all the wood bascially at an almost free cost before i finish my uni degree.. what colour you going for?
     
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    £41-£43 so far, I will be using proper laminate :) The same as used on all laminated furniture and aquarium cabinets but can not decide on what style lol Gloss Black or White, wood grain or one of their many others lol
     
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    sweet sounds good... if you can get a white light unit i would say white laminate cabinet ;) going for th4e NA look. if your light is black do it black etc. think they should match :) good luck anyway, looking forward to seeing the finished article..
     
  9. Danny

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    The laminate will be in one piece not including the doors obviously with a 50mm lap on the top with self adhesive felt on the top for the tank to sit on so no joins and a nice clean finish :)

    Still cant make my bloody mind up on LED's or x4 or even x8 T5's lol It will be marine so need plenty of light :)
     
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    How much is the laminate jobby?

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  11. Danny

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    Depends what I go for but between £40 - £80 I guess a sheet 2500x1250 ish. Need to get an actual price from the place I will use but my guess is from prices I have seen other places.

    As I only need a piece 2240x660 it may be cheaper anyway, so over all I expect the cabinet to cost about £100 in total.
     
  12. Danny

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    I can get a gloss black 3050x1300 sheet of formica and 1L of adhesive for £90.29 inc delivery which would only make the cabinet £130ish so still a price I would be happy with.
     
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    Looking forward to photos.

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  14. nduli

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    i got my bit from eBay or amazon for about £5....
     
  15. Danny

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    Why didn't I think of that lol Cheers
     
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    Finished,

    with some input from the Mrs I have used standard laminate from B&Q for £8, used two rolls. Still not decided on colour background yet.

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    Looks great Danny, well done with that.

    How easy was it moving all the corals & live rock? :eek: Ive never had marine, but you can't expose corals to air can you?
     
  18. Danny

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    I have re scaped and had it all sitting on a towel for 20 mins or so before lol I just moved it from the other tank which is about 4ft away so not a problem. Still not happy with the scape but it will do for now lol
     
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    Oh yeah, not drilled the tank either yet hence everything in the tank lol
     
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    I will get a pic later as the tank is crystal clear now.
     
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