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03-04-2014 07:12 PM
Tyrone I know this is an old thread, but I'm new here and this build is...well everyone else has said it! I'm speechless. I'm definitely going to try this build but in a smaller scale. Thank you for sharing this.
09-26-2013 04:26 PM
the_deeb Thanks everyone.

Originally Posted by ScarletFire View Post
This is an amazing stand. If you were to do this again, how would you change it?
One thing I didn't adequately appreciate when putting this together was the extent of seasonal expansion and contraction of the wood. I initially cut and fitted all the joints in the winter when it was dry and cool, but by the time I had finished painting everything and was ready for the final assembly it was summer and the wood had expanded because of the hot humid weather making all the joints much tighter than they had been initially. It took a lot of whacking with a mallet to get everything to fit into place. It makes for a nice tight and sturdy fit, but I'm a little apprehensive about how difficult it's going to be to ultimately take this apart.

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 03:42 PM
WEGL5280 Really excellent wood work. Makes me feel like an ape when thinking back to building my stands...
09-24-2013 04:39 AM
ScarletFire This is an amazing stand. If you were to do this again, how would you change it?
07-18-2013 03:52 PM
ebubna dang, thats a good looking stand.
07-11-2013 05:06 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 06:41 PM
Chester Dude that is amazing, and looks like a great piece of furniture instead of just a fish stand!
07-10-2013 04:12 PM
CL I will echo the thoughts of everyone else. This is a work of art. Great job.
07-10-2013 03:39 PM
pweifan Spectacular job! Thanks for sharing
07-10-2013 03:33 PM
Chrisinator That's a pretty kick-ass stand!
07-10-2013 03:31 PM
the_deeb 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 03:21 PM
the_deeb 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
07-08-2013 02:14 PM
pweifan I'm looking forward to seeing a pic of the finished project. Very nice work!
07-08-2013 02:12 AM
TehDopeness Where did you get your Shoji paper?
07-06-2013 03:22 AM
kingjombeejoe I love this stand. If I only had the patience....... it still wouldn't come out as good.
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