Reef Central Online Community
Blue Zoo Aquatics

Home Forum Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences View New Posts View Today's Posts

Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Search Reefkeeping ...an online magazine for marine aquarists Support our sponsors and mention Reef Central

Go Back   Reef Central Online Community > General Interest Forums > Do It Yourself
Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

User Tag List

Reply
Thread Tools
Old 02/24/2020, 11:46 AM   #1
tom g
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: toronto
Posts: 218
Acrylic lids any tips or tricks

Wanting to build a acrylic lid with brs mesh
Anyone have any tips and tricks. Tools and such that made the job easier
Photos of the lids u built
Trying to fig out what tools I need planning on purchasing a compact router
Trying to fig what bits I would need for the router


tom g is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/24/2020, 12:07 PM   #2
mcgyvr
Registered Member
 
mcgyvr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 20,050
Depends on what specifically you are doing to this acrylic..
Just cutting to size? Pockets/lips?

A pattern(template) bit works great if you plan on making a wood pattern to copy to the acrylic.. It can be used for recessed lips/pockets too..


__________________
Who me?
mcgyvr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/24/2020, 12:21 PM   #3
tom g
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: toronto
Posts: 218
Acrylic lid

I want to make a lid with a mesh insert similar to aluminum one with the mesh from brs...I like the aesthetics of the acrylic way better...that's just me looks way cleaner ..


tom g is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/24/2020, 02:10 PM   #4
mcgyvr
Registered Member
 
mcgyvr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 20,050
Like these?
https://www.clearviewlids.com/

If so you will also need a bit sized for the spline you intend to use..


__________________
Who me?
mcgyvr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/24/2020, 04:06 PM   #5
sfdan
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 429
Enjoy: http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh....php?t=2682515

Lids still going very strong after 2 years of usage.


sfdan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02/24/2020, 04:29 PM   #6
tom g
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: toronto
Posts: 218
lid

quickly skimmed thru will be doing some serious reading tonite hope I can ask some questions if needed .. thanks again

what router bit did u use for the spline ...



Last edited by tom g; 02/24/2020 at 04:37 PM.
tom g is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/24/2020, 05:26 PM   #7
mcgyvr
Registered Member
 
mcgyvr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 20,050
Quote:
Originally Posted by tom g View Post
quickly skimmed thru will be doing some serious reading tonite hope I can ask some questions if needed .. thanks again

what router bit did u use for the spline ...
Spline diameter = bit diameter


__________________
Who me?
mcgyvr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/24/2020, 07:56 PM   #8
tom g
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: toronto
Posts: 218
bit

awesome thank you


tom g is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/26/2020, 04:24 PM   #9
dattack
Registered Member
 
dattack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Anaheim, CA
Posts: 4,985
Most of lid manufacturers use polycarbonate and not acrylic. Make sure to use appropriate router bits at least sharp because polycarbonate tends to grab. Or route small shavings at a time to be on the safe side.


dattack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02/29/2020, 10:21 PM   #10
laverda
Registered Member
 
laverda's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Anaheim, CA
Posts: 6,823
As Dattack stated polycarbonate is usually used for this application. Acrylic will end up bowing over the because it will absorb more water on he side closer to the water.


__________________
240G mixed reef, 29G SPS/LPS clam tank, 50G mixed reef

Current Tank Info: 300g mixed reef, 50g cube
laverda is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:58 PM.


TapaTalk Enabled

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2020 Axivo Inc.
Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reef CentralTM Reef Central, LLC. Copyright 1999-2014
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.3.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.