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02-22-2009 02:50 AM
butacska
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Originally Posted by marcinsmok View Post
Finally I made the stand frame. It is not ideal, I mean somehow one leg is about 1/8 shorter Is it a big thing? Do you think I can put some shingles under the top plywood to correct that? And one last thing- did you use 3/4 or 1/2 plywood and what kind of wood would you reccomend. Thank you.

U can always correct it with shingles either from underneath or at the top. Our wasn't exactly even whet we put the top plywood on. I already stained it when we noticed it, so we took the top plywood down and filled the difference out with the little 2x4 slices from the previous cuttings, then put the top back on. It's been holding the tank for 4 months now... I guess.
We used 1/2" ply. We used maple but only because I don't like oak and maple was the only other option. U can research on the internet about wood types, ease of staining etc.
02-20-2009 11:49 AM
smoq Finally I made the stand frame. It is not ideal, I mean somehow one leg is about 1/8 shorter Is it a big thing? Do you think I can put some shingles under the top plywood to correct that? And one last thing- did you use 3/4 or 1/2 plywood and what kind of wood would you reccomend. Thank you.
01-28-2009 02:28 PM
butacska You are welcome.
The door was a pain in the neck. Unfortunatelly the size is really far from standerd. You could make the opening a little bigger by reducing the size of the front panels. You can order doors online as well, but they are a lttle costy, I think we would have come out at $65 for the 2 doors. So we went with the moulding way.
01-28-2009 11:58 AM
smoq Thank you very much for the blueprint. Do you know what size are the standard unfinished door for a cabinet like this, cause I don't know if I have time to built the door for mine?
01-28-2009 04:02 AM
fshfanatic Absolutely incredible work and documentation! Great Job! The stand looks better than a lot of the ones for sale out there and I am sure it is much, much stronger!

Good Job!
01-28-2009 03:51 AM
butacska

Here it is. Hopefully you can read this. But before you go and have it cut, please draw your own "blueprint" and double check on the measurement.
01-28-2009 03:20 AM
butacska
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Originally Posted by marcinsmok View Post
If I have to use more than one sheet I'll buy the small sheet. I would like to use your measurements as a guide, but I can't see the numbers on your blueprint How do you like the height of your stand?
I like the height. It is perfect if i want to take a chair next to it and just watch the tank
I'll look for the "blueprint" for you.
01-22-2009 11:37 AM
smoq If I have to use more than one sheet I'll buy the small sheet. I would like to use your measurements as a guide, but I can't see the numbers on your blueprint How do you like the height of your stand?
01-22-2009 07:41 AM
butacska
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Originally Posted by rwong2k View Post
I love seeing these DIY projects for cabinets, I've built many cabinets for fun (pretty ugly) but I'm buying a new place soon and planning on building a new cabinet for my fish tank, thanks for the ideas, yours looks pretty sturdy
Thank you and good luck to you. I am not a pro but if you have any question I'll try to answer
01-22-2009 07:37 AM
butacska
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Originally Posted by marcinsmok View Post
Did you have to pay extra to get the plywood cut? If you say that's the best idea, I'll build one exactly 36" so do you mind if I use your dimmensions to cut the plywood. I think the only thing that will change is length, correct?
The first 2 cuts are free, then every additional cut is 25cents, so 14 cuts cost 3.50, not too bad.

Be careful with the dimensions, of course you can use them, but please note, that our stand is for a 30 inches long tank (not 36), and the plywood was just enough for that. I wouldn't want to buy extra plywood, as that is the most expensive part of the cabinet. (40some dollars). So be extremly careful with the calculating, and please also note that they use a 1/4 inch sawblade so you gonna need to count with that too.
01-21-2009 07:25 PM
rwong2k I love seeing these DIY projects for cabinets, I've built many cabinets for fun (pretty ugly) but I'm buying a new place soon and planning on building a new cabinet for my fish tank, thanks for the ideas, yours looks pretty sturdy
01-20-2009 11:30 AM
smoq Did you have to pay extra to get the plywood cut? If you say that's the best idea, I'll build one exactly 36" so do you mind if I use your dimmensions to cut the plywood. I think the only thing that will change is length, correct?
01-20-2009 04:34 AM
butacska
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I saw in Home Depot that they have a 2x4' sheets of plywood. I would like to build a stand for 36" tank. Do you think that I could build one with those sheets without cutting them. The stand will be 48" so the tank will sit in the center of it. What do you think?
To tell you the truth, I don't think it would be a good idea. But as I said earlier, they will cut the sheet of plywood for you, that is what we had done. We had probably 15 cuts, and we did not have to worry about the pieces at all.
The longer stand wouldn't be a problem, but you need to do a different style probably one with a flat top. The raised molding wouldn't look nice on a much bigger tank (I think), and it would be way too wide as well.

If you are thinking about building one, don't hesitate to have a hardware store cut the pieces for you, it makes it so much easier.

Good luck to your project
01-19-2009 11:52 AM
smoq I saw in Home Depot that they have a 2x4' sheets of plywood. I would like to build a stand for 36" tank. Do you think that I could build one with those sheets without cutting them. The stand will be 48" so the tank will sit in the center of it. What do you think?
12-05-2008 02:56 PM
butacska
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If I can add something, since I am a young/with some experience carpenter, if you want to cut plywood yourself and don't have a tablesaw, take a long (48'' or longer) level, hold it with two clamps on edges, and cut with skilsaw (remeber to use a fine, 48 tooth blade, I reccomend diablo or new irwin blades). With level, you are creating a simple edge guide for the saw and I guarantee that you will cut as straight as with tablesaw. I did it many times and this method always worked.
thank you, yeah, we used this method for making smaller cuts, on the 2x4-s when we cut the legs... well it wasn't exactly clamped as the 2x4 didn't have any free space to clamp something on, so we just "built" a guide from a 2x4 and a 1/16th metal piece, so we got the exact size...
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