How to build acrylic boxes

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How to build acrylic boxes
Acrylic boxes can be used as aquariums. (aquarium fish 9 image by cherie from Fotolia.com)

Acrylic has other names such as plastic, plexi, and plexiglass. Acrylic boxes can be made easily and for various purposes including aquarium tanks, terrariums, or simply storage boxes. Acrylic is not simple to cut and is therefore sold in many different sizes depending on the use for the acrylic. This fact makes it easier for do-it-yourselfers to build their own acrylic boxes without the need of cutting the acrylic to size. The use for the acrylic box will determine the size of the acrylic pieces used to make the box and the materials used to attach the pieces to each other.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 6 acrylic squares, 1 foot by 1 foot
  • Acrylic cement
  • Aquarium-safe silicone adhesive/sealant
  • Clamps
  • Hinge kit
  • Drill

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Attach one square piece of acrylic that is 1-foot wide by 1-foot long to another piece of acrylic that is the same size. The two pieces should be attached at a 90 degree angle so that the two 1-foot edges that meet are flush against each other. Use acrylic cement if the acrylic box will not be used as an aquarium or terrarium. Acrylic cement can be toxic to pets or live plants, so if you will be using the acrylic box as an aquarium or a terrarium, use aquarium-safe silicone adhesive/sealant. Clamp the two pieces together using clamps and allow time for the adhesive to dry. Repeat this step with two other square pieces of acrylic of the same size.

  2. 2

    Attach the two corners to each other in order to create a square frame, using the same type of adhesive. Clamp the pieces together and allow time for the adhesive to dry.

  3. 3

    Attach an acrylic square that is 1-foot by 1-foot to the acrylic frame using the adhesive so that the four edges of the acrylic square adhere to the four edges of the acrylic frame. Clamp the pieces together and allow time for the glue to dry. If you are building an acrylic aquarium or a box that doesn't need a lid, then this is the final step of the process. If you are building an acrylic terrarium, or a box that needs a lid, then you'll need to continue.

  4. 4

    Attach one side of a hinge to a square piece of acrylic that is 1-foot by 1-foot. Use a hinge kit, as it will include the appropriately sized screws for the hinge. Drill the screws into the acrylic in order to attach the hinge to the acrylic square.

  5. 5

    Place the acrylic square with the hinge on top of the acrylic box and attach the hinge to the acrylic box using the drill and screws.

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