(Just Curious) 4x2x2 enclosure build? Is it worth it?

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(Just Curious) 4x2x2 enclosure build? Is it worth it?

Postby HippieLizards » Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:02 pm

Hello all,

I'm just curious, but I've been flirting with the idea of maybe trying to do a project to try and build a Nice 4x2x2 front opening enclosure for one of the dragons sometime I. The future. Because they're insanely pricey when bought pre built, I was just wondering what type of wood would y'all recommend? What type of materials would I need?

And to the people who have already done this, how much did it end up costing you, How long did it take, and is it worth it?

I'm not the best with handywork, but I do certainly want to look into it and see if this is something I might want to do in the future and might be a cheaper alternative.
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Re: (Just Curious) 4x2x2 enclosure build? Is it worth it?

Postby claudiusx » Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:41 pm

If you're doing it to save money, I'll save you the time right now, its almost always cheaper to buy something already built or flat-packed.

If you have the tools already, that's another story. Or if you are wanting to build multiples.

I build them, but I'm an amateur professional woodworker lol. So I do them for fun and because I'd be building something anyways.

I have a design that uses only 1 sheet of plywood, but it doesnt make a 4x2x2. Its smaller so that it takes up only 1 sheet.

But even with that, you're looking at 50 bucks or so for a nice sheet of ply.
Probably 20 bucks or so on screws or fasteners.
10~ bucks on glue
20~ bucks for paint or sealant
15 bucks or so for electrical items (lamp socket and wires)
20 bucks for glass or acrylic
5-10 bucks for ventilation covers

You're already at 150 bucks, and that's for the smaller design. A 4x2x2 will need 2 sheets of ply, so now you're at 200 bucks.
200 bucks or so just in materials.

You can most likely source everything for cheaper than I gave, but the point I'm making is, after all the time and effort you put in, you're not going to be saving money. Especially if you need to buy a few tools. And there are a few I'd recommend for building your own tanks.

All that's not to discourage you from it, but know it's not cheaper if that's the reason you're interested in it

I think if you have the desire and time, building a tank is a great experience. It's a learning experience at least! And you will only get better and better with time.

I'm going to be making another double stacked 4x2x2 in the next few months. if you're interested, I'll keep track of all expenses on it so you can see. Wife might not like that but I'll make this sacrifice :laughing6:
I do have a fully stocked woodshop though.

Boy I'm rambling now. Sorry lol.

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Re: (Just Curious) 4x2x2 enclosure build? Is it worth it?

Postby HippieLizards » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:24 pm

Oh dang, Really? Yikes. Yeah I was looking into it for the more money saving side of things. I might still want to do it, but only in the distant future.

Because I am not at all handy, it was hard enough for me to help my little brother with putting together his Wooden airplane toy. I'm artistic, But I'm not In the slightest bit crafty I'm afraid. :|

Thank you for the info however, I do appreciate having that as something to reference if I do want to consider doing that. :)
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Re: (Just Curious) 4x2x2 enclosure build? Is it worth it?

Postby claudiusx » Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:23 pm

The artistic side of you would actually really help in a DIY build. Even if it wasn't you doing the building. I love woodworking, but my creative side is what's lacking and what I need to work on. I wish I was able to just come up with cool idea and concepts, I'd love to transfer those over into an epic tank build one day.

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