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Diy stand question

So completed the structure portion on my stand, finishing touches are still to come





despite my best efforts the top is not perfectly flat there are a few spots where the boards join together have about a 1mm difference in height (placed a metal ruler on side to check) everything is level though

The top will be finished with a 1/2" - 3/4" sheet of plywood and then polystyrene on top of that before the tank is put down.

So the question, should a sand areas and make perfectly flat or will the plywood negate the minor inconsistencies?

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Sand them down. The high spots will stop the plywood from sitting flat. Or you could shim. I'd use a block plane instead of sanding though. Faster and less dust.

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Re: Diy stand question

Guess nothing worthwhile is easy right!!

Talking like on of the old hand style planer? That would work well, probably easiest to get a sheet of plywood set it on check and start working.

I will just take it outside and get a heavy hand belt sander with some course grit!!

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I would sand them down also, why take the risk. Belt sander might be tough to get an even surface, I used a circular sander on mine.

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I would sand them down also, why take the risk. Belt sander might be tough to get an even surface, I used a circular sander on mine.
Good point.. Thanks for the input guys.

The other decision close the bottom or leave it open, going to stain it, I kinda like the open "industrial" look

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I've never had trouble getting a flat surface with a belt sander.
Yes. Like the old hand planes. They are faster and less dustier than a sander.

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Re: Diy stand question

I am just going to borrow a little palm sander, don't have a whole lot to sand.

The hand planes are nice but I will admit, I have never been good with the darn things!!

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Might as well sand it, but unless you get a high quality piece of plywood it's not going to be perfectly flat either. Keep the sander for a few extra days.

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It looks like one member of your household votes that you change course and make it a play house.

If you use 3/4 plywood for the top, and don't force it to comply with every imperfection in the framing, I think it will work fine even if you don't sand down the top. When I try to make my stand tops perfectly flat I end up like the guy who is making table legs all even - a little off here, oops, so a little off there, oops, so a little more off here, etc.

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It looks like one member of your household votes that you change course and make it a play house.

If you use 3/4 plywood for the top, and don't force it to comply with every imperfection in the framing, I think it will work fine even if you don't sand down the top. When I try to make my stand tops perfectly flat I end up like the guy who is making table legs all even - a little off here, oops, so a little off there, oops, so a little more off here, etc.
Oh yes, she seems to think this is hers lol.

Well having the plywood cut it's 1/2" I believe, still going to do a little sanding try and even out as much as possible.

Well if the legs get short enough let me know, my kids need a play table

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I am just going to borrow a little palm sander, don't have a whole lot to sand.

The hand planes are nice but I will admit, I have never been good with the darn things!!

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Me either. Still can't figure out where the battery goes.

I didn't like mine. Until I learned that even brand new out of the box you need to sharpen them and flatten the sole.

Doesn't really matter what grade plywood. The glass tanks only rest on the edges anyway so if there's a big hole right in the center it's no big deal.

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Doesn't really matter what grade plywood. The glass tanks only rest on the edges anyway so if there's a big hole right in the center it's no big deal.
Ooohh negative on this tank lol its going to be almost 90 gallons rimless. So it will be built ada like with the bottom pane inside the side panes.

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Yeah I'd say flatten it out as much as you can, then 3/4" ply will be pretty darn rigid, won't allow for much, if any flex, and then a nice sheet of foam on top of that will pretty much take care of any imperfections.
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Ooohh negative on this tank lol its going to be almost 90 gallons rimless. So it will be built ada like with the bottom pane inside the side panes.

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So long as it's a glass tank it doesn't matter. Think about it. Even in a rimmed tank the center has no support. So long as the glass bottom is the same thickness as a rimmed tankit's irrelevant.

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