I've been frustrated with being unable to find good stylish cabinets at a reasonable price, so I've decided to add another hobby on top of my hobby....cabinet making. I've mocked up some plans and am getting ready to buy the necessary tools and materials to begin building my own cabinets. I'm starting with a couple small stands. There are two methods I can employ to build the cabinets. 1) Use a Kreg hole jig to make simple strong joints with screws and glue 2) Use a biscuit joiner and glue to make the joints I plan to try both methods to see which I like best. I've been told the Kreg jig builds pretty good joints and it helps you hide the screw holes. The biscuit joiner uses wood biscuits and slots to create glued joints. No screws for these joints. Most cheap cabinetry you can buy is made from MDF, which does not hold up to water well at all. Primary trouble with using it for an aquarium cabinet. If its painted and sealed, not as bad...but nothing manufactured will be sealed. Originally, I looked into IKEA for a modern looking stand, however it came to my attention that they are essentially making many of the cabinets out of what basically consists of strong cardboard and it has the potential to collapse. When I looked at the weight bearing for a 60 cm cabinet it was 44 lbs, only suitable for the smallest of tanks and even then water damage may jeopardize the integrity of the cabinet. I had a custom cabinet built for my 90 cm, but it cost about $700. Even small custom jobs come close to that, since time and labor is nearly the same for a large cabinet as a small. So, time to learn to build my own. I plan to share what I learn as well as very detailed drawings and instructions here. Some of the designs will be very similar to the ADA cabinets, while others will be a bit of a spin on the look. I plan to use laminate on the outsides, while painting the interiors with high gloss water resistant paint, either black or white. A third stand will likely be built from wood and stained as to match cabinetry already in the room where the tank sits. The laminate will hide any ends of the wood pieces which would not take paint or stain well. I'm using this guide by Jason Baliban from his blog "Project Aquarium" as a general guide on what I plan to do. There will be some modifications, but the general idea and process particularly for attaching the laminate will be followed. http://www.projectaquarium.com/plantedAquariumArticles_ADAAquariumStand.aspx My basic sketch in SketchUp. I will upload detailed dimensions as well as a blow out of the pieces used to construct each cabinet. Stay tuned for updates and a build journal.