|09-26-2013 05:26 PM|
If I was to do this again I might consider slightly oversizing the joints and relying more on the hardware to hold them together.
Another minor issue is that the inset cabinet doors were perfectly sized to fit the openings in the stand, but with filled aquarium on top the ~1000lbs of weight has cause some slight flexing of the frame which makes the doors stick a little bit when opening and closing. The solution would have been to slightly underside the doors or to use an overlay rather than an inset door design that would be less susceptible to this issue.
Other than that, so far I'm very happy with it.
|09-24-2013 04:42 PM|
|WEGL5280||Really excellent wood work. Makes me feel like an ape when thinking back to building my stands...|
|09-24-2013 05:39 AM|
|ScarletFire||This is an amazing stand. If you were to do this again, how would you change it?|
|07-18-2013 04:52 PM|
|ebubna||dang, thats a good looking stand.|
|07-11-2013 06:06 AM|
|Hoppy||One more kudo! That is a really beautiful, original design stand. I wish I still had my workshop so I could try making one. I know I can't do that kind of work with just hand tools. And, there are lots of very good design details there to steal!|
|07-10-2013 07:41 PM|
|Chester||Dude that is amazing, and looks like a great piece of furniture instead of just a fish stand!|
|07-10-2013 05:12 PM|
|CL||I will echo the thoughts of everyone else. This is a work of art. Great job.|
|07-10-2013 04:39 PM|
|pweifan||Spectacular job! Thanks for sharing|
|07-10-2013 04:33 PM|
|Chrisinator||That's a pretty kick-ass stand!|
|07-10-2013 04:31 PM|
Well, the stand is finally done. I should admit that I did run into some issues in the final assembly. Everything fit together perfectly before painting, but it seems that the combination of the paint and (I think) the expansion of the wood due to the arrival of hot and humid weather meant that the joints were much tighter than before (particularly the mortise joints at the bottom where the cross bars slot into the sides). It took a lot of sanding to get things to fit properly, and lot of whacking with a rubber mallet and clamping pressure to finally force things into place. I'm going to need to touch up some paint in some spots.
Everything is nice and snug now, but while the stand should still be disassembleable, it will probably take a lot more force and effort to break it down than I was initially hoping for. Oh well, a learning process as always.
Here are pics of the final product! (the pictures make it look black but it's actually a nice dark brown)
40 gallon sump in place inside the stand. I inserted this into the stand before putting the top on because I don't think it would have fit through the doors (unlike the cat, which does fit through the doors).
|07-10-2013 04:21 PM|
Thanks for the comments everyone.
kruzerman: the paper is laminated and is apparently surface washable, but the company still doesn't recommend it for areas that will see a lot of water so I'm not positive about how well it will hold up. For really wet areas or outdoor use they sell acrylic sheets with a shoji pattern but that was really expensive so I thought I'd try the laminated option first. I'll just have to be careful about not getting any splashes on it. I mainly decided to opt for the laminated stuff instead of regular shoji paper because it's relatively tear proof and will hopefully stand up to my cats better.
Albert: yes I cut all the boards with a dozuki, which was at times cathartic and at times tedious. I had the plywood panels cut for me by the lumberyard.
TehDopeness: I got my shoji paper from eShoji.com
|07-08-2013 03:14 PM|
|pweifan||I'm looking forward to seeing a pic of the finished project. Very nice work!|
|07-08-2013 03:12 AM|
|TehDopeness||Where did you get your Shoji paper?|
|07-06-2013 04:22 AM|
|kingjombeejoe||I love this stand. If I only had the patience....... it still wouldn't come out as good.|
|07-05-2013 02:28 AM|
|TehDopeness||I'm stealing your door idea for my stand lol|
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