Thanks, all! Great to hear.
Klivian, I like your stand too. It fits your interior very well.
Speedie, your 120P is amazing. Great work. You'll have to a wait for a while for a plant tank. I probably won't even start building the light box 'til summer.
Justlikeapill, that "Shag" site had me engrossed for an hour. Really liked it. I definitely wouldn't mind some of that art hanging in my home!
Here's a little of the build:
I began cutting wood last November, but the next big push of putting it all together didn't come 'til Christmas and, later, at Spring Break (I'm a teacher) when I cut the circles and began staining. During the summer, most of the work was already done, but I still had to get the lighting worked out and some of the glossing done. I just recently got the scape hashed out, for the moment.
The idea was originally intended for my never-yet-used ADA Mini S, which is why this drawing is tall and skinny.
Refining the idea:
Putting the wood together:
That inside piece that's darker was used to test the stain and gloss before beginning to put it all together.
My son, Huck, helping out:
The finished box:
Routing the circles:
This is a little deceptive, because it doesn't show the jig thingy I used to make the circles. I definitely did NOT freehand the circles.
Staining and glossing:
Because I left the plywood edges nude, I had to gloss them first, then go back and tape over them while staining. I got better at it as I went, though at first I had some stain seep through in places. The gloss is just a water based brush on. It was pretty easy to work with, for the most part.
Get your gloss on.
Staining the door:
I had to gloss the nude circles first so the stain wouldn't seep into the wood there. The inside edges of the circles had to be glossed with a fine brush and in thin layers. It was a painstaking process. Here's the stain during application.
Glossing the door was the hardest part by far and the part where I had to be satisfied with "okay." I just couldn't brush around the circles and keep the gloss from puddling. In the end, it's a bit wavy where the other, flat surfaces are like glass.
I didn't take pictures of the light box, which is neat. Access is through panels in the light box that slide out just like the door of the stand does.
Anyway, thanks for taking a look!