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post #1 of 5 Old 04-12-2009, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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hello guys

i need quite a bit of help on how to make this very easy project. so easy, im not sure how to do it

i have a 2x4 T5HO high-bay troffer that is just the fixture. I am looking to make a really nice box to house this fixture. i am thinking of a thin box, 4 sides, and a top, leaving the bottom part of fixture exposed.

this fixture is for my personal fish tank. what would be the best way to make this box so it looks nice and is very light weight yet sturdy? it will be in my living room so appearance is critical.

can plywood be used on a dovetail jig? will the router tear the plywood apart?

i know i only want a rectangular box but i need it to look really nice!!!

any help would be appreciated

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Catposts,I don't know if this is much help but here goes.First,I'm not familiar with your light fixture,but I do know many reccomend a certain distance from flamable material.If your router bits are sharp you'll have no problems.I've never done dovetails in plywood but box joints have done very well.Also this is a very high humidity area what will you use for finish?Spar varnish is what I would suggest,but there are many here who know more about that.I hope I helped some, Rick
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Regular plywood will chip out or tear. I have only had success using baltic birch plywood for dovetails.
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"i have a 2x4 T5HO high-bay troffer that is just the fixture."

If I had any idea of what this was I might be able to comment.

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I have seen these made with 1/2 inch 1x6's I think they planned down some 1" boards. In the top don't forget to put 2 fans on the ends for cross ventilation. If you don't you can cook the ballast's and maybe the fish.
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