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post #16 of 53 (permalink) Old 02-05-2009, 04:23 PM
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Well, it only took a year or so, but I finally finished the stand and canopy for my 120 gallon tank. The main construction was 2 X 4's and then skinned in all cherry! The filtering for this tank will be two ehiem 2028's and lighting is a Coralife 4X65 CF with lunar lights.

This is the stand finished but awaiting stain and poly
Just wondering what type of wood you used and where you bought it from. I know good wood is expensive, did you buy it from a home depot or lowes or a lumber yard? Also, the moulding on the top of the aquarium, did you make it or did you buy the pre made kind.

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post #17 of 53 (permalink) Old 02-05-2009, 07:05 PM
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The whole thing look amazing...great job!

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Just wondering what type of wood you used and where you bought it from. I know good wood is expensive, did you buy it from a home depot or lowes or a lumber yard? Also, the moulding on the top of the aquarium, did you make it or did you buy the pre made kind.

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The frame its self is made out of 2 X4's which i picked up from my local Home Depot. I think the frame alone was only about $30 or so. The rest of the wood is all Cherry, and i picked it up from a local lumber yard here in Jersey. The crown molding on top was already cut like that ( i think it ran like $15 a foot) The thin slats that I used as molding I got from a online lumber yard from central PA since my local place wanted to charge me like $400 for those.

And in case anyone was curious the Stain I used was a water based stain from a compnay called General Finishes. The polyurathane i used was water based also from General Finishes which I sprayed on with a spray gun
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The rest of the wood is all Cherry, and i picked it up from a local lumber yard here in Jersey.
'looks to me like most if it is cherry-veneer plywood.
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'looks to me like most if it is cherry-veneer plywood.
yeah...the majority of the wrapping was done in cherry ply, had to use 2 sheets and they ran $140 a sheet for the top furniture grade. all the molding is solid cherry lumber
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'looks to me like most if it is cherry-veneer plywood.
How could you tell?
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yeah...the majority of the wrapping was done in cherry ply, had to use 2 sheets and they ran $140 a sheet for the top furniture grade. all the molding is solid cherry lumber
How much did this stand cost you in materials? I bought a stand only that I think is of the same quality, and I don't like to talk about how much it was.
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How much did this stand cost you in materials? I bought a stand only that I think is of the same quality, and I don't like to talk about how much it was.
The materials were somewhere between $750 and $850 that includes the stain from GF and the paints for inside the base and the canopy.
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How could you tell?
Look at the front piece: it's a 6 ft wide by about 30" tall piece of continuous grain. Solid cherry boards don't come anywhere near that big. Solid wood furniture uses separate, smaller boards as horizontal rails and vertical stiles.

Also, the sides are also one piece, this time with the grain running vertically. Since solid wood changes its cross-grain dimension with changes in humidity, but not with the grain, the stand would tend to self-destruct if it were solid wood.

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with using plywood, BTW. This ply looks far nicer than the cheaper rotary-cut-veneer plywood you often see being used.
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Really nice craftsmen skills.
I'm planing to build a canopy similar to this for my 75g.
Just hope it will be comparable to yours .
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Really nice craftsmen skills.
I'm planing to build a canopy similar to this for my 75g.
Just hope it will be comparable to yours .
Thanks...just take your time...its not worth rushing. It took me months and 40-50 test colors to get the stain color just perfect.
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Nice looking stand timelessr1.

Is that receptacle next to that waterline that you ran GFI protected?

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Nice looking stand timelessr1.

Is that receptacle next to that waterline that you ran GFI protected?
No, not yet at least. I was contemplating whether or not i should change that outlet to a GFI outlet. That woter line is really only a drain/ water fill line, but it might be safe just to make the outlet GFI since electricity and water dont mix very well, and I'm dealing with 120 gallons of it. Now that i think about it...i have one or two extra GFI outlets laying around...looks like i'll be changing that out....thanks Biscut!
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I just want to say this is really beautiful. Wish I had space for something like this. Please do a tank journal when you finally begin to start enjoying the tank.
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stunning! can't wait to see it when it is up and running!


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