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Working with Acrylic

Post  DavidZ on Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:19 am

Anyone have experience doing this?

I just finished a 42" X 8" X 6" Betta Barracks type structure to house male Bettas. It has 8 removable partitions and water will flow from one end to the other so I can hook it into my central filter system.

It's not the prettiest thing as I learned alot about working with acrylic along the way, but version 2.0 will be much better should I decide that is necessary.

I'll try and post pictures tonight.

DavidZ



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Post  SeanSS on Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:08 pm

Never worked with the stuff before, sounds like you made somethin neat.
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Post  danr on Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:16 pm

I have always wanted to play with but never wanted to put down the money to get the weld-on 3 required to bond two pieces of acrylic. The stuff is pretty cheap but you can't get it in the stores.


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Post  DavidZ on Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:26 am

I got both types of the weld on, one is like water and works on perfectly flat joints and the other is more like model airplane glue. Works on joints that are not so perfect. Used a lot of that one. :-) I got them on Amazon and they were not that expensive.

Was fun to do. You can find big sheets of the acrylic on sale at Menards for like $40 from time to time.

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Re: Working with Acrylic

Post  DavidZ on Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:45 pm


Here are a couple of bad pictures of the Betta tank I built.

This is the left side that has the drain, each of the dividers is removable.



This is the right side where the water comes in.



Not a thing of beauty, but it seems to be working well.
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Post  danr on Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:55 pm

Dang that looks nice what thickness did you use

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Post  DavidZ on Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:05 pm


I used 1/4". Menards had 4X3 sheets for $35 a while back. I made this out of one sheet and some scraps I had.
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