I am SOOOO GLAD up decided to put the Curly Maple on the Hood too! It ties the stand and hood together! I think you would have kicked yourself if you didn't put it on there after finishing it! The heat sync is a awesome Idea too! I need to read up on the Led lighting, but I am just now updating to T5 lighting! LOL
The wood shop is a AWESOME THING to have at your disposal! I SOOO WISH I could use the Wood Shop at the High School where I grew up! It had VERY GOOD Equipment, and TONS of work benches to assemble everything on! I use my Garage floor most of the time, and it is no where near level! So it makes my assembling a challenge! For small stuff I use my Table Saw, but aquarium stands are a bit big! I have our old Kitchen Table in the Garage, but it is COVERED in Bullet Casting supplies, and my 17 yo Sans JUNK! I will have to look around to see if we have something like You have access to here in the Waco area!
Anyway GREAT BUILD, and GOOD LUCK with the tank!