What are you doing when you are tired at work in your office?
Do you want to have something for refreshing your mind when you have hard work?
If you want something like that, now it is the time to see special things that you would love it.
What are you waiting for?
Please read all the steps first and then make it thanks.
Step 1: Safety
One of the most important things in workshops is safety. Doesn’t matter how old are you or how many years you have skill.
It is necessary to pay attention to some important things in every workshop.
Here I recommend you some of these things you must pay attention in this workshop.
So please read this text and take care.
1. Choose a suitable workshop cloth.
Suitable cloth is:
a. That must cover your body
b. The sleeves mustn’t be too loose
c. The sleeves mustn’t be too long (the sleeves should be maximized up to your wrist.)
2. Choose a pair of gloves to protect your hands (there are vary kinds of gloves for different field, here I recommend leather gloves, Look at the picture.)
3. Choose a mask with filter to protect you against particles and gases.
4. Please don’t use aquarium glue indoor, it is better to use it in the yard or outdoor.
5. Don’t forget to wash your hand carefully after using glue.
6. Make sure you have first aid kit in your workshop.
Step 2: What Do We Need for This Project?
Only look at the photo and for the name of them please go on them with mouse pointer.
Step 3: How to Use Tools ? (for Beginner)
I decided to write a summarize about the
tools and how it’s better to work with that, because I know , we have really young audience that maybe like to make a project and it is better to know a summarize of how they should work with tools.
So before starting project please read this section.
For cutting a glass in this project we use glass cutter for easy to work and it is really cheap.
For using the glass cutter it is better to use something like wood for under the glass, please don’t cut the glass on the carpet. (That would be break and it is harmful for pets and children.)
Clean the area that you want to cut the glass from there.
When we want to cut something it is useful to use a little oil for better function.
Now when you measure the area you want to cut, then with a marker draw a line along the ruler.
The cut should not be very long. A cut longer than 24cm have a high failure rate when breaking.
Make sure you have enough area for gripping the glass and break it, but if it is hard to break then use a light hammer for breaking the glass.
Then dip the cutter to the oil and then cut the glass along the ruler on the line.
Holding the glass cutter is similar to pencil.
When you run that from one edge to another edge you shouldn’t run it back and forth.
After that grasp two sides of the glass and pressure with your hand to break the glass.
Finally with a sandpaper remove sharp edges. (Don’t forget to wear gloves)
In this project we don’t have a hard shape but I think it is better to have experience sawing with a coping saw. This saw is useful for hard shapes and using most areas of your wood.
First you must draw your lines on the wood then with a drill make a small hole near the line.
After that; pass the blade through the hole and tight it in its special place.
Finally you must follow the line and use it smooth in back and forth it is not necessary to put a lot of pressure on it.
Step 4: Make Aquarium
First we must draw our guide line depend on our need (In technical drawing.) on the glass and then rely on what I had mentioned in the step 3 cut the glass in 5 pieces.(Please check the amount of each piece with looking at picture note.)
Then use sandpaper for removing sharp edges. After that we need 5 cm tape as a fixture, first
Put the two side of glass near together (Look at the pictures,here I showed the tape in red.) and with tape fix them together it is only a preparation for the next step.
When you did this work, for all sides this is the time to use aquarium glue. First you must put glue along the edges and then like picture with your finger or with a brush spread the glue in its place.
Finally it needs a day for drying and resting.
Step 5: Make Wood or Base Part
Now it is time to make the wooden parts here we use balsa wood about 6.35 mm (1/4 inch) thickness.
You can see the parts we need and amount of each part in the technical drawings.
Depend what I said in step 3 first draw guide line with chalk on the wood and then put the wood in the vice after tight, cut them carefully and give each a number like what I did.
And finally use sandpaper for remove sharp edges.
Step 6: Make Part 3 to What We Want
For part 3 we want a flat surface on both side of that but without measuring we want to solve the problem.
As you see in the picture you should put the part 3 an 1 near each other.(like the picture)
And then with a piece of chalk draw line.Then with coping saw cut the unnecessary part.
Step 7: Assembly
Now it is time to assembly what we had made to make a nice table aquarium with special work.
As you can see in GIF pictures and depend on the dimensions in the technical drawing you should follow them and easily with wood glue assemble parts.
Note:When you want to assemble make sure the parts are perpendicular to each other and for doing this use your square.If they were not perpendicular then use sandpaper for flatness and make it right after a few minutes doing sandpaper check what you want with square,Finally for better result it is better when you use square, look at the area that wood and square touch each other with light background to see the gap.)
At the end you can paint the wood to what you want and also you can use texture tape.
The processes is obvious in the pictures but for adding complete information I tell which parts get together step by step:
(depend on technical drawing)
1.Part 1 stick on part 0
2.Part 2 stick to part 1 and part 0
3.Part 1 stick to part 2 and part 0
4.Part 3 (modified part) stick on parts 1 and 0
5.Part 4 on part 0
6.Part 5 on part 0 carefully depend on technical drawing
7.Part 6 on part 0 and to part 5 in for area
I hope you like it,
Please tell me your advice (;