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ADA Style DIY Stand

So I'm doing a 75-P and I decided to make my own stand. I'll try and put as many pictures as I can.

When planning to do this don't forget to take the thickness of the formica into account. I did it everywhere except for the small front face on the top. I'm sure the only person that sees it is me and it really bugs me a ton

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http://www.formica.com/en/home/dna.aspx?color=5882


I started out with pre-finished plywood. Even though I planed on using Formica on the outside the inside would have a nice finished look. I cut all the pieces and then formicaed the bottom before I screwed and glued the sides together. I cut a dado in the side panels and and screwed and glued all the sides together.




I counter sunk the screws and cut out the opening for the hoses.



Put putty over the screws as I went. I planed on sanding them all down at the end.




I used a pocket screw jig to put the front piece on the bottom



Put 3 extra piece of plywood on the inside of the bottom to accept the screw leveling feet. Made sure to recess them enough from the bottom so the feet won't hit the ground if I decide not to use them.







Drilled the holes in the bottom to access the leveling feet with a hex key.



Started gluing on the Formica



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Nice work...
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Very nicely done! That looks just great! Really like how you did the bottom with the leveling feet.

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That looks great. Did it cost you anywhere near $1200
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is that pattern tiny so it kinda gives it a texture or is it like a super visible?
thanks, awesome stand!
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very nice cabinet work, what brand table saw do i see in the 2nd pic down?

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Beautiful.

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Wow, nicely done. I also love that you can adjust the levelers through the hole that you drilled.
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That looks great. Did it cost you anywhere near $1200
Absolutely not! It cost about $240 and a day and a half worth of work. The formica and glue were most of that cost. But having the right tools helped a lot.

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is that pattern tiny so it kinda gives it a texture or is it like a super visible?
thanks, awesome stand!
The pattern is printed and I don't think it is very visible although I think it is much more interesting than just plain gray.

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very nice cabinet work, what brand table saw do i see in the 2nd pic down?
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Thanks! It's a Powermatic saw.

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Very nicely done! That looks just great! Really like how you did the bottom with the leveling feet.
I decided to put them on just in case and I did end up using them! My floor slopes away from the wall so I'm really glad I decided to use them.

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Beautiful.
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Wow, nicely done. I also love that you can adjust the levelers through the hole that you drilled.
Thank you! I was thinking it would be a big PITA if there was no way to adjust them with the cabinet on the floor and the tank on it. They really turned out being very helpful.
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Awesome. Do you have a tank journal yet?
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Awesome. Do you have a tank journal yet?
Not yet but I will start one soon.
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Beautiful! What size is the tank?
It's a 75-p
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Absolutely not! It cost about $240 and a day and a half worth of work. The formica and glue were most of that cost. But having the right tools helped a lot.
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