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Old 08-28-2011, 02:02 AM   #406
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Since we're on good advice, don't scrimp on painting or finishing materials.
They are an insignificant part of the finished project cost and cheaper if you amortize over a couple of years.
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Old 08-28-2011, 03:21 AM   #407
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Since we're on good advice, don't scrimp on painting or finishing materials.
They are an insignificant part of the finished project cost and cheaper if you amortize over a couple of years.
Sanding, painting/staining and sealing are the most time consuming part of any project imho, but if you take the time and do it right it makes the difference between an ok piece and a nice piece of furniture.

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Old 09-04-2011, 01:24 AM   #408
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Does anyone have any advice on the aquarium hood? I want one that I don't have to take on and off all the time when I need to get into the tank for more then just feeding. I have a normal 55g, but I am worried about the weight of a hood on top. I am currently in the process of building a stand, and I would love a nice hood for it too.
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Old 09-04-2011, 08:24 AM   #409
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DIY cabinet, sump and overflow box, waiting on live rock/sand from TBS. Awesome company to deal with btw- true customer oriented service by far!



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Old 09-05-2011, 08:53 PM   #410
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Thought i would throw my Ikea stand in the mix. Here are some pictures.

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Old 09-06-2011, 05:53 PM   #411
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I built my first stand over the weekend and here is how it came out. I used HD 1/2" hardwood Sandeply, with 1x3" frame and 1x4" legs notched for the frame. I used MinWax Wood Conditioner and MinWax New Satin Black PolyShades and I also am using a 1/4" plexiglass as a door so I can see my new G3 Filter and my CO2 tank that I paid a lot of money for so why hide it.







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here's one that I finished up last night. 16 outlets, 4x4 framework, 3/4" sides and top with oak rim, doors, and veneer. turned out pretty nice other than forgetting to take the leveling foam into account. I also need to replace the current lighting with a small 12-18" fluorescent light, but other than that, she's good to go. next up is a custom canopy to go with it.

granted, it's not a planted tank, but it's still a stand. lol.







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Just starting my ADA style stand. Used edge joined pine (couldn't find a less knotty wood, but I think it has character LOL)

Gonna poly it and hardware it tomorrow




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Just starting my ADA style stand. Used edge joined pine (couldn't find a less knotty wood, but I think it has character LOL)

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The Lowes by me sells edge joined Aspen it is completely clear and only a little more than pine I'm not sure if it's a regional thing though..

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The Lowes by me sells edge joined Aspen it is completely clear and only a little more than pine I'm not sure if it's a regional thing though..

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keep in mind that Aspen is a relatively soft wood. sometimes softer than pine.
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Old 09-13-2011, 03:14 PM   #416
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This is my completed stand for a 40B.
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Just a simple stand for a 40g breeder I made, followed a plan I found on http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...readid=1169964
The legs are made of 2 1x4's with a 1.5x1.5 on inside corner. The horizontal pieces and are 1x6's. The top is made of 1x7's. Used wood glue and plenty of screws everywhere. Very solid and stable, around 39" in height. Total cost was $2 for a small can of stain/poly, and the wood was leftover scraps. Didn't cover up the screws, since I wanted to be able to take it apart for when I move.
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Nice, Chiro! Thanks so much for the link- it was just what I was looking for!
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This is my completed stand for a 40B.
Very nice, I love the clean lines & modern look.
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:07 PM   #420
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Very nice, I love the clean lines & modern look.
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