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post #466 of 607 (permalink) Old 03-25-2012, 07:21 PM
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I finally got around to making the canopy this week and got the tank filled.



The doors look like crap I know, left door is not square. I didn't notice until I stained it. Too lazy to make a new one.

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post #467 of 607 (permalink) Old 04-23-2012, 04:34 AM
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20 Gal long stand

This is a stand i made for my 20gal long this cost me about 13$ to make, i had a hard time finding a stand in the stores and when i did find some they where around the 120$ range and where very cheap quality. So went online for DIY ideas found a few but this is what i came up with. i will make a list of materials i used and the measurements so if you like you can make it yourself!

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3-eight foot 2X4's about 2$ ea
box of deck screws or just wood screws i used 2in screws i would recommend 2 1/2 or 3in tho

you will need to cut the 2X4's to these lengths
4- 9 1/4 inches
3- 30 inches (or 4 if your picky doesn't matter tho)
4- 29 inches (or whatever you want the height to be)

its a straight forward build just build a box using two of your 9 1/4 inch pieces and two of your 30 inch pieces. then just screw the four legs on and then use the 3 remaining pieces as support for the bottom..( for the bottom you can use another 30 in piece for extra support but i just left it with the one).....any extra wood you can just screw underneath for shelves......just look at pics i posted for reference

i plan on sanding and staining the stand later, but for now it works for me any questions feel free to ask.
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This is a great stand to build if you are on a budget!
a few months ago i got around to staining my stand in case your interested here it is
at the bottom you can see i used regular door shims to level it out

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Stumbled back across this thread... makes me want to set up a new tank just so I can build another stand!

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Stand I made a while back. Sides are doubled up plywood. 3/4 birch and 1 1/8 sub floor. Back is 1 1/8 sub floor plywood. Front header is 4 pieces of 3/4 in plywood screwed and glued together. About 8 more 3/4 pieces run left to right behind the header. All pieces supported on the 1 1/8" sub floor plywood.


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I would comment on your engineering feats, but the big honking swastika that is illuminated with a freaking spotlight is kind of distracting


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I would comment on your engineering feats, but the big honking swastika that is illuminated with a freaking spotlight is kind of distracting
Neo-Nazis like aquariums too, go figure.

Anyone have tips on staining MDF?
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Anyone have tips on staining MDF?
Spilling coffee or tea will stain MDF. A "cold one" will leave a slight ring. I'd not use a water based stain as the water will sink into the MDF faster than it will dry. That will at best, raise whiskers to be sanded down. At worst it could pimple the surface. A gel based stain will probably work.
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Spilling coffee or tea will stain MDF. A "cold one" will leave a slight ring. I'd not use a water based stain as the water will sink into the MDF faster than it will dry. That will at best, raise whiskers to be sanded down. At worst it could pimple the surface. A gel based stain will probably work.
Hm all right, thanks. Maybe I'll try some kind of oil instead.
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Since MDF has no grain pattern at all it makes no sense to stain it. Just paint it instead. Or, use a colored varnish. Or, use multiple coats of dark stain, which will hide the wood behind it.

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I'm having mine sprayed with lacquer. It's going to cost around $300 though, but it will look professional. The surface has to be perfect as mdf shows everything.

MDF will soak up everything and it's supposed to be very hard to seal.
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post #476 of 607 (permalink) Old 04-27-2012, 12:23 PM
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My 10 gallon stand .. excuse the un-stain piece of shelving at the bottom, didn't know what I wanted to do with the openning so it's just there temporarly while I stain the shelf piece.

Not sure what I want to do with the lights for the 10g tank, it's just make shift as of right now.

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Since MDF has no grain pattern at all it makes no sense to stain it. Just paint it instead. Or, use a colored varnish. Or, use multiple coats of dark stain, which will hide the wood behind it.
Yeh, I was thinking that. You think a Danish oil in dark walnut finish would look OK? I have the Watco brand. I'm going to get some Home Depot MDF this weekend and try it out on it. I was thinking a few layers of that and then a satin poly to cover it up.
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My diy 10 gallon plain-looking cabinet.

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Yeh, I was thinking that. You think a Danish oil in dark walnut finish would look OK? I have the Watco brand. I'm going to get some Home Depot MDF this weekend and try it out on it. I was thinking a few layers of that and then a satin poly to cover it up.
Since you would essentially be painting the MDF with the stain, it would look ok, I think. I used satin polyurethane to finish most of my cabinets and it looks good to me.

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Im interested in making a stand for my new 40b. I would like to go the route of using just 3/4th inch ply but I dont really have a table saw etc. Does home depot or lowes cut plywood for free?
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