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10-26-2012 12:39 AM
Evilgrin
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Originally Posted by 5BodyBlade View Post
Awesome job! I love the switch idea for the different components. A nice dinner or night out should bring the WAF up a little bit. haha
Thanks I work with electricity for a living so that was the easy part of the entire build at least for me. I still have to set up some shelves for better organizing all the stuff that's going to end up under the stand but going to wait a while and see exactly how much shelving I need don't want to make it too small or way to big either. Still finding where the best spot for everything so will wait till all the components are in their final locations.


If only it was so easy by the time she comes around it'll be 2 - 3 weeks from now been down this road before, by then the cold weather will be on top of us and won't be able to vent the stain fumes outta the basement never mind the smell of the polyurethane. I'm more then happy with the amount I was able to accomplish before she'd had enough of all the dust and fumes. At least I can look forward to enjoying my fish in the upcoming weeks.
10-25-2012 01:53 PM
5BodyBlade Awesome job! I love the switch idea for the different components. A nice dinner or night out should bring the WAF up a little bit. haha
10-25-2012 04:05 AM
Evilgrin Ok quick update all construction on the stand has come to a halt, Wife is sick of the dust. But on a better note Tank is now setup , flooded and planted. Water is very cloudy but a water change or two will take care of that. on to the pics





quick shot of my DIY LED's in action.

10-24-2012 04:39 AM
Evilgrin Ok major update to this project had a few design changes due to my own lack of preparation and planning some things you just don't consider until you get there and all you can do is move on or give up I choose to move on and chalk it up to a learning experience.

So far the doors have been given the axe in favor of a much simpler removable panel just need to get the hardware and trim it to fit as well as getting some trim pieces to give it a nice finished look. Unfortunately Due to exhausting my construction budget that part of the build is going to have to wait till spring. The W.A.F. (Wife Acceptance Factor) is in the danger zone with all the dust not to mention the stink of stain and polyurethane so the rest of the construction is on hold till the spring.

Well on to the pics.

First of the canopy has been stained and has a one coat of wipe on poly.


Have about 4 coats of satin wipe on poly on the top of the stand



Finished up the electrical so everything is working as planned, Switch 1- Hood lights, Switch 2- Under stand maintenance lights, Switch 3- Water pump to evacuate waste water to nearest drain.


Good look at the led lighting under the stand as well as the electrical still needs to be neatened up.


Close up of the LEDS mounted on my aluminum bar complete with 60* optics, Fan mounted on the back to help dissipate heat. also a shot of my old 50/50 power compact fluorescent the bulbs are over 10 years old but they still work so I'll replace them eventually.




and the final shot of the plumbing at least on end any way ball valve is there to keep water from flowing back into the pump I'd rather leave it in the pipe till the next time. Also what I consider a must is the GFCI outlet that powers everything on the stand can't be too cautious.


All the wood is maple ply except for the top that is solid maple and the hood is clad in luaun ply (sp) stain is red Mahogany.
10-21-2012 04:30 PM
Evilgrin Had a few days of life getting in the way of my projects but managed to get some of my lighting done and tested. So far I have 16 3w leds mounted onto a 48" aluminum project bar I think this combined with my 2 55w 50/50 compact florescent's will put me in the high light zone I'm shooting for.

Any way here are 2 pics of it on just fiddled with the camera settings to cut the glare.




10-17-2012 08:37 AM
Evilgrin Managed to get a little more work done on the stand tonight Got the under stand lighting installed I had six 6" smd led strips that I had gotten a few years back that just never got used for under counter lighting good thing to since they are perfect for this application they put out a decent amount of light and more importantly put off the most minimal amount of heat. Should work out great for extra light during filter maintenance.
On to the Pic.

10-16-2012 10:28 PM
5BodyBlade
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Nice I like it. What size tank is going on that stand? I saw that same underlayment at the store liked the grain as well but opted for the luaun instead I'm a sucker for reddish tinted wood.

I got my Circular Saw back and got a handy edge guide as a bonus for making me wait so long to get it back. Looks like I'll be putting the skin on over the next day or so along with running the electrical inside the stand and finishing the plumbing.

It's a very old circular saw passed down from father to son but damn does it have a hell of a kick when you hit the trigger.
It's for a 40 breeder. So tough to find a nice stand for those thay doesn't require a second mortgage.
10-16-2012 11:50 AM
5BodyBlade
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Originally Posted by mechtec View Post
I believe that is underlayment you used. not a problem has some good looking grain in it. i used some for a cabinet i made for the pantry

gary
Yeah it's a hardwood underlayment. I chose it because it had the smoothest finish to be painted.
10-16-2012 04:22 AM
Evilgrin
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Originally Posted by 5BodyBlade View Post
Nice job. I just built mine yesterday. Great minds think alike I guess. I faced mine with plywood that i will paint as I prefer a more modern look.
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Nice I like it. What size tank is going on that stand? I saw that same underlayment at the store liked the grain as well but opted for the luaun instead I'm a sucker for reddish tinted wood.

I got my Circular Saw back and got a handy edge guide as a bonus for making me wait so long to get it back. Looks like I'll be putting the skin on over the next day or so along with running the electrical inside the stand and finishing the plumbing.

It's a very old circular saw passed down from father to son but damn does it have a hell of a kick when you hit the trigger.
10-16-2012 03:38 AM
mechtec
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Originally Posted by 5BodyBlade View Post
Nice job. I just built mine yesterday. Great minds think alike I guess. I faced mine with plywood that i will paint as I prefer a more modern look.
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I believe that is underlayment you used. not a problem has some good looking grain in it. i used some for a cabinet i made for the pantry

gary
10-16-2012 02:58 AM
5BodyBlade Nice job. I just built mine yesterday. Great minds think alike I guess. I faced mine with plywood that i will paint as I prefer a more modern look.
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10-15-2012 11:43 PM
Evilgrin
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Originally Posted by mechtec View Post
if you haven't done the doors yet, We thought about doors for our stand, but we decided on panels that hang on brackets we found at lowes


I was hoping to see what the panels on your stand looked like. Got interested in that after reading your Ginormous thread. Right now all options are on the table.
10-15-2012 11:35 PM
mechtec
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Originally Posted by Texans View Post
with the panels they give more room

Yes they do give you more room, plus we don't have any center support at all, so it easy get get things in and out.

gary
10-15-2012 11:08 PM
Texans with the panels they give more room
10-15-2012 11:07 PM
Texans looks nice
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