I'm just finishing up my new planted 46 gallon bowfront tank, and have realized how much stuff I have acquired to maintain the tank! Test kits, ferts, fishfood, trimming utensils, buckets, gravel vacs, tubing, suction cups, etc..
Now that the tank is up and running, I am trying to streamline it all, giving everything its own place so it stays organized and can be easily accessed when needed. I had gotten most of it sorted out, until I saw my jumbled pile of testing kits, tubes, color/drop charts etc..
I was first thinking of a drawer or basket I could toss it all into, but me being the neatfreak that I am, could not live with sorting through it all every time I need to test!
That kinda made me think 1st about the plastic container the API master kit comes in, then I thought about a pic I saw in Old Scales Album of what looked like a 2x4 with holes drilled to fit a test tube into, and labeled for each test. That led
me to this concept(pardon my photography skills(lack of!):
1st a quick explanation of what i drew up:
The pic is a top view of the 2x4 I was using, the left side would be the back/ right side is the front. The black squares are where the test soloution bottles would sit in 1 in front of the other for the tests with two indicators.
I started with the idea of cutting out a neat little form fitting slot like the master kit has, then reality set in... I'm not that crafty... I then decided to do a square that both bottles would fit in.
In front of each square I drilled 2 holes- 1 for the test tube to stand up-right in while testing, and the other is to glue a dowel rod in, that an empty test tube can be placed upside down on to dry, and keep it from rolling onto the floor for me to step on...
I also considered a cut between the bottle and tube holders for the color charts to slide into, but that will be the last thing I will do.
Now that you know my plan, I need a little guidance on how to complete it. I drilled the holes for the tubes by taping my drill bits(on a power drill) 1/2 an inch from the end, and stopped drilling when the tape reached the wood, easy enough right?
Well unfortunately that was also my plan to drill out the spots for the soloution bottles a 1/2 inch deep for the bottles to sit in, and from the pic you can see it didn't work out that well. It was impossible to keep the holes even, and to the same depth!
Apparently my arm is not a suitable replacement for a drill press.
Now, short of going out and buying a complete workshop, what will be the easiest way for me to knotch the black areas out to a 1/2 inch depth with very limited tools(meaning no drill press)? I would like them to be fairly uniform and as smooth as possible. And, What tools would I need to accomplish this? Let me know if you need any clarification on any of this and thanks in advance for your help!