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post #16 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 12:02 PM
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Looking good, and staining looks nice. Are you going to put cabinet doors?
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Yep. They will be coming in later. Decided to get them made....wasn't confident enough in making them.
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lol, me either
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This is exactly what I did to build my 29 gallon stand a couple years back, no issues to date. Only difference are the dimensions. I think I could park my truck on top of it if I could lift it up.
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Yeah she's solid for sure! I have other smaller tanks waiting for stands so I may opt to build a few more just out of 2x4s since this build has gone so well
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Here is an updated picture on the progress. The stand has been stained sealed and trim applied. It is now sitting in my basement rec room leveled and ready for a tank! I am still waiting for the doors to arrive so they can be put on. Feel free to comment! Will post a final update when the doors and tank is on.
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Hey, what's that over there?!

*throws his back out trying to steal the stand*

Nice job!
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Thanks!

I am a little pissed that the grain on the front facing piece makes the stain look different from the trim.

Haha if you can carry it yourself be my guest. It was a b*itch to carry it inside.
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The problem I had with that molding is that it's actually plastic. Yours looks very similar to the one I had. I didn't even notice that it wasn't actually wood until I'd marked it and started to cut it. The saw blade didn't really cut it so much as it melted it. Fortunately for me I painted it black so I didn't have to see what stain would do to it.

By the way, did you notice that the single sheet of plywood to face it cost as much as everything else combined?
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The problem I had with that molding is that it's actually plastic. Yours looks very similar to the one I had. I didn't even notice that it wasn't actually wood until I'd marked it and started to cut it. The saw blade didn't really cut it so much as it melted it. Fortunately for me I painted it black so I didn't have to see what stain would do to it.

By the way, did you notice that the single sheet of plywood to face it cost as much as everything else combined?
yes it did! Ridiculous actually!


I am having one small issue now....the stand itself is now leveled with the shims....but the tank, which is trimmed with the black plastic, is slightly unlevel on the top surface, may 1/32 of an inch, very slight wobble....any suggestions.....I thought about sanding the plywood down and using a 4ft level to check but i worry i would make it worse creating more uneven spots
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post #26 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-21-2013, 06:25 PM
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I thnk your stand looks great, way over built, but great looking.
If your looking to build a couple more still, I would offer this advice
1. If you use oak/oak ply, use a light colored stain - it will look more natural with the grain.
2. If you like the darker stains, use a tighter grained wood.
3. Pre-conditioners work wonders to ensure that your stain is nice and even, especially on mis matched woods and soft woods. (you did excellent with making yours even btw)

If I ever get around to putting a journal together, my stand is 4-5 different woods and its pretty hard to tell them apart on initial inspection. All courtesy of the pre-conditioner. Although my doors kind of suck. The wife wouldn't let me get the good stuff to make em...

Nice job though, is always better to look at it later on and say - Yeah, I built that...
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get the tank on the stand, put a few gallons of water in and level based on the water. The one true way to make sure everything's level. The trim on the tank is always off a bit depending on how much silicon they used, etc.

The ~720lbs of water will settle the shims, floor, and most any minor wobble out of the stand, but you want to make sure everything is as solid and level as possible before this.
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get the tank on the stand, put a few gallons of water in and level based on the water. The one true way to make sure everything's level. The trim on the tank is always off a bit depending on how much silicon they used, etc.

The ~720lbs of water will settle the shims, floor, and most any minor wobble out of the stand, but you want to make sure everything is as solid and level as possible before this.
I am paranoid about the damn top! Lol the stand and tank on the stand are indeed level....just that 1/16th of a space
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