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post #151 of 607 (permalink) Old 08-20-2009, 06:52 PM
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This is the latest that I've completed for a customer to match office interior. Footprint for tank is 6' x 2'.

Body is quartersawn verticle cut Narra with Tropical Mahogony inlays, top and bottom trim.
Nice job! Love the inlays.

Please tell me your shop isn't normally that clean.
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Shop is at my uncles house, and I'm fortunate he leaves town for 4 months out of the year, so I take possesion while he is gone . Normally its kept pretty clean. But in this instance it was pre stain time so the shop gets a thorough cleaning to remove any dust. The central dust collector and air collection units do a good job of removing most of the waste. The two large Delta 1 micron air purifiers do a really good job of dust collection, and every major tool connects to the central ducts. So cleanup really is a breeze.

Thanks for the comments. The inlays made it interesting and less of a box. The stand will be for a 6x2x3 Paludarium project. Only bummer with this stand was ruining the wood with stains. But thats what comes with matching. This wood really deserved an aged Tung Oil finish with a couple coats of finishing wax to build up depth.

BTW I love the QSWO. The finish really makes the grain pop.
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heres another stand to add to my collection of diy stands lol, not done yet but you get the idea



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That looks very nice, but does the stand have enough resistance to racking - collapsing under the weight if bumped hard? It looks like it relies on the leg joints at the top for all of the racking resistance.

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120 Gallon stand

I finally got the tank on top of my stand this weekend.
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That looks very nice, but does the stand have enough resistance to racking - collapsing under the weight if bumped hard? It looks like it relies on the leg joints at the top for all of the racking resistance.
its pretty stirdy, the rack on the bottom helps give it alot of strength in the legs and keeps it from wiggling much at all. since the top is touching the wall and it barley moves if pushed on or bumped. it moves alot less than the pre fab stand i have a 29g on lol.
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My latest tank stand, made in a different way: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...ium-stand.html

This is an inexpensive way to make a furniture-like stand, using only hand tools, although a portable belt sander is very helpful at times. And, a power miter saw makes it easier, plus the doors almost require a router and a biscuit joiner is very useful for the doors too. But, no table saw, no router table, no need to make complicated joints, and no screws, nails, bolts, etc., except for mounting the hinges and end panels.

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That stand look very good Hoppy! I love the look of the sides being skinned from the inside. Looks very sturdy.

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That stand look very good Hoppy! I love the look of the sides being skinned from the inside. Looks very sturdy.
It is certainly sturdy! But, an unanswered question is whether the horizontal top "beams" will gradually creep down from their weight, or from when the tank is there pushing down on them. MDF is notorious for creeping when a bending load is applied. Time will answer that question.

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Damn Hoppy, Love the design. Excellent work!
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Neat stand hoppy, are you planning to stain it?

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Neat stand hoppy, are you planning to stain it?
Uh....it is stained. I used a "golden pecan" stain, and the top coat is water based polyurethane, satin, by Behr, three coats. This is to complement the color of the dining table set that is very close to it, plus the "maple" laminate floor and nearby kitchen cabinets in maple.

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thats one over built stand there hoppy lol, im sure any car would be fine on it lol.

got my stand from above pics done finally, used this new vht wrinkle plus paint found at auto stores,
looks great for a spray can finish.
hood looks like a differnt color but its just the flash.

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I made this stand for my 90g last year. It was my first attempt at wood-working and now I'm humbled by all the good stands shown on this thread

The stand didn't turn out as nice visually as I would have liked but it is functional and practical.




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Nice tanks everyone!

Plenty of ideas. I'm starting to get the urge to build my own. I know I can do it. Got some of the tools needed and plus I can buy the ones I do not have. I love tools like I love fish.

If I got to finish a basement by myself, I sure can do this. I think it will be less headaches.

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