This summer, build a terrarium out of acrylic and aluminum to bring a little nature inside your home.
48" 1" x 1" x 1/16" aluminum angle
13" 1" x 1" x 1/16" aluminum angle
24" 1" x 1" x 1/16" aluminum angle
24" 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1/16" aluminum angle
Acrylic sheets - 18" x 24" .093" thick
Aluminum rivets- 1/8" x 3/8"
To begin creating the ends of the terrarium, cut three slots into the 48" aluminum angle with the Dremel Ultra-Saw the following way: (3) 1/4" slots, 15" from the left and the right end, and (1) 1/4" slot at the 24" mark
Using a vise for a fulcrum point, secure the aluminum from step 1 at the center slot. Bend the center slot to a 90 degree angle. Then, bend the other two side slots to equal degrees to form a symmetrical shape with a 13" span at the bottom ends.
Next, using the Ultra-Saw and metal cutting blade, remove overlapping aluminum from the bended pieces. To do this, cut a line from the inside of the overlap to the top point, which will allow the acrylic sheet to lay flush against the aluminum.
Trace the terrarium end pieces created in step 3 on to an acrylic sheet. Cut out the shape by following the traced pattern using the Ultra-Saw again. Then, using a Dremel rotary tool and 1/8" drill bit, drill holes into the acrylic and 13" aluminum angle evenly spaced around the perimeter. Following the instructions on the rivet gun, attach the rivets to the end pieces where the holes were drilled. Repeat steps 1-4 to make the second side of the terrarium.
Once both sides are completed, clamp the five 24" aluminum pieces to the completed end pieces. Drill holes and secure with rivets to form the frame, clamping, drilling and attaching one side at a time. Then, measure and cut the acrylic to form the sides. Cut the roof pieces of acrylic 1/2" wider to form the overhang of the terrarium.
Drill holes and rivet the remaining roof pieces of acrylic around the roof's aluminum perimeter.
Finally, adhere the 24" 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1/16" aluminum angle to the top peak with Silicone caulk. Add a few succulents to your terrarium and enjoy the tranquility of a mini greenhouse this summer.
To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.