Weekend Project - Mac Plus Planter - many pics

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  1. macquariumguy macrumors 6502a

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    Thought some of y'all might like this.

    I was feeling kinda bored yesterday so I started a little project late in the afternoon and just wrapped it up a little while ago, so here it is.

    Background: We have a pair of cats and the cats love catnip. For years I've had a catnip plant growing in an old Macquarium, my very first Macquarium in fact. As is true with so many of my v1 projects, it wasn't a very good aquarium and sadly, it wasn't a very good planter either. Nonetheless, it's served for a long time but about a week ago the cats escaped their normal confines and had free access to the catnip plant for quite a while.

    They ate it. All of it. All the way down to the soil. I couldn't believe it.

    Anyway, yesterday I resolved to build a new catnip planter, one that was better than the re-purposed aquarium I'd been using. I began with a really nasty, dirty, velcro covered Mac Plus.

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    Obligatory picture of the signatures in the back of the case.
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    When I build Macquariums, I cut the whole lid off the computer. This time I decided to just cut the handle out, thinking I would save myself some work.
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    Eventually I get the whole handle removed. This was not less work at all. :(
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    I'm not going to build a tank to fit in this case, but I still want a piece of acrylic over the monitor opening. I score and snap an 8x6 inch piece of 1/8 acrylic for that purpose.
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    The bezel opening for the old monitor is curved and of course my new piece of acrylic is flat. That won't do...
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    Using my super hi-tech coffee mug support system along with a propane torch, I carefully heat up the plate of acrylic until it gets soft and saggy.
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    Almost perfect and more than good enough for me!
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    To be continued...
     
  2. macquariumguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Continued from the first post...

    After all that work getting the handle cut out, I decide the lid must be removed after all and start cutting.
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    This Mac shell is really just an enclosure for any appropriately sized pot. To get the pot to the desired height, I chop up a piece of plastic light cover I have laying around. This will let water drain and air circulate and I can add/remove pieces as needed.
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    Now I take a trip to the Homey Depot for a catnip plant to replace the recently consumed. Let's put it all together.

    The reason I wanted a front acrylic piece was so I could tape a picture behind it. One of the things I hated about the old aquarium planter was all you could see through the front was dirt and with this one, I didn't want to look at the pot inside. So, one print & trimmed picture later, we are finished!
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    I think this is going to work just great!
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    From the back. It's easy to water without removing the lid or front.
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    Rocky & Turbo approve!
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    Now I just need to make sure they aren't left alone with it.

    Well, that was a fun little project. Beginning to finish about 5 hours labor including cleanup at a cost of $3 for a catnip plant. Everything else was just stuff laying around.

    Thanks for looking
     
  3. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Cute idea! The Macquarium, while cool, is seen so often. This is different and cool. :)
     
  4. Clydefrog macrumors 6502a

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    Your cat on the right side kinda has a mullet:D
     
  5. backsidetailsli macrumors 65816

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  6. macquariumguy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The planter that this one replaces began life as an aquarium, but it was my first generation design and not very practical. It was strong as hell though so I drilled some holes in the bottom filled it with dirt, and used it for years as a planter.

    This one is a better planter, but won't ever be an aquarium.
     
  7. dcv macrumors G3

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    That comment just made me "LOL" :D

    Interesting project but seems like a lot of work to house a plant pot! Cool though :cool:
     

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