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Not sure if you guys know, but aside from paintball, one of my hobbies is keeping reptiles.

I'm getting a bearded dragon soon, and these things grow like mofos. 1/2" a week until they're around 20 inches long.

I can't afford a 55 gallon tank to house them. Too expensive. So I'm making my own.

The beardies im getting will be about 5 inches when I get then in a couple weeks.

I'm starting off with a coffee table. Its going to serve as a stand/base. The part im working off is 43.5x18x1".

The glass panel on the big side will be 42.5"x10.5".

Its going to be 1/4" thick glass.

The big question I have is 'how do I cut it'. My dad suggested a diamond-point scribe, but is there a more effective method? And how much does one of these diamond-carbide scribes cost?

On the coffee table, I'm building a frame that will support teh glass. At the top, I'll probably drill a hole and bolt the corners togethor with an L'shaped brace. ITs all going to be glued togethor with 100% silicon glue.

I'm going to use acrylic for the bottom plate becuase Im too poor. I might use acrylic for the whole thing... But Bearded dragons can scratch and acrylic is very soft.

Any ideas/tips?
 

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My dad used to do stained glass so he has some weird pizza cutter looking thing

But I suggest to use plexi-glass to do the cage. My little bro is a huge reptile freak...I think he has a Burmese? Guyana Red Tail Boas...mating pair of albino corn snakes...turtles and like 4 or 5 savvanah monitors...all his tanks=plexi custom made
 

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Yeah I'm jut going to get whatever conforms to my minimum price and qualiy specifications. Wow thats some big words for a simple man like me...

I'll probably end up finishing this project by wendsday.. But I know in my heart its going to be weeks... u.u;
 

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You may want to try using acrylic instead of glass. Alot of large fishtanks are made out of arcylic since it has less of a tendency to crack and is cheaper.

You can get sheets of it at Home Depot or any other hardware store. Score and crack and then just glue the pieces together with some non-toxic silicone glue. Or if you don't need the water-proof silicone glue just use epoxy or something like that.
 

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Acrylic has a tendancy to scratch, and like I siad, bearded dragons will claw at things sometimes... I'll shop around and fin dout. Thanks for all your help
 

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how much are you thinking a 55 gallon glass tank costs? they arent very much..somewhere below 50 bucks will get you one.
 

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Acrylic has a tendancy to scratch, and like I siad, bearded dragons will claw at things sometimes... I'll shop around and fin dout. Thanks for all your help
ya they do lol to bad all of ours but 1 died lol we had 2 and then we hads some small babies. But any ways ya they like to try to climb every thing and dig and that kind of stuff
 

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i have a 50 gallon tank for my lizard. Its an emerald swift and is only 6 inches long but needs a big area to run around in. I got mine for sale for 45
 

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This: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v17/afakasi2004/IM000544.jpg

Or this: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v17/afakasi2004/IM000537.jpg

Thats not spraypaint, thats natural skin pigment. ITs called a red flame morph. Pretty cool...

I just ran the idea by my stepdad and he said stuff like how its not just my room its my brothers too and I never let him in my room (when in fact the door is never locked and hes welcome anytime), and how theres no room (when I just cleaned up my room majorly and specificly made room for my plans).. I also won't mention how I havent been 'rebeling" against my parents, have been doing what they ask of me and then some, and I just made honor roll in school, which is phenominal for me..

He said he'd talk to my mom, and I know my mom can convince him.. So I've pretty much got it in the bag.

My shop teacher said he'd let me use any of the equipment the school has, but I alreayd have most of what I need at home.

W00t!
 

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sounds cool... i wanted a Ferret for the longest time and still do but never could convince the rents to let me get one...or two lol...and i started to build a cage for them...its usually alot cheaper if you just build your own stuff when it comes to animals cause the pet stores in my area are out to rob you
 

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Same here... $60 for a possible diseased, malnourished, sick baby reptile. I just went after drivign school to check on the prices, and its $99 for a 40 gallon aquarium. I'm building a 39.6 gal for about $30.

I alreayd have experience in keeping reptiles so I have spare dome lamps, spare bulbs and cage accessories. Just need playsand, and acrylic, and the thumbs up from the houseowners.
 
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