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Old 05-09-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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DIY Drift wood Center Piece


Ok for my Temporary Tank I need some drift wood for some hungry plecs, Luckily I GOT WOOD! (hehe schoolboy humor) looking thru my shed I found these two piecies which were originally one piece which was really bulky!






Lets just get the obvious dealt with my DIY skills are pretty shocking and woodwork skills even worse I cant even saw straight
Ive never attempted anything like this Ive never Aquascaped!!
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:08 AM   #2
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All neurons firing... what if....



both ends of this wood are rough sawn (and not straight oops!)

and I really wanted a more natural effect no cut marks more dimension!

So out comes drill, dremel, pliers and chisel, time to rough it up!!


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Old 05-09-2013, 10:14 AM   #3
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Now these Lengths are 20" ish the wont fit in the 15 inch bowfront which means more wonky sawing!

Yup Wonky!!


offcut will serve as a foot


connecting the two top pieces


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Old 05-09-2013, 12:02 PM   #4
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So ive got some more finishing, final fix and cure for 24hrs then another 48hrs for a soak then i can get it in the tank, but this is what it looks like so far. What do you think???






Any Thoughts?
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:19 PM   #5
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It looks like the starship Enterprise made out of driftwood???

really I think it will be great underwater with plants and whatnot. dry and sitting on a chair doesn't do it justice I'm sure
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:15 PM   #6
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OMG your right o.O As a Closet trekkie it must have been subconsciously done!!!
I actually had in mind the montipora coral, but never mind, It will look better in the tank..lol :\ its gonna have moss tied to it the top too...
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:23 PM   #7
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Very nice!! I never would have thought about drilling and using the little dowel rod things to connect them.
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I thought it was a moose!
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:33 PM   #9
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It looks pretty cool. Functionally, I would worry about the top piece blocking light to anything under it though. It seems like it could create a nifty multi level planting effect though. Planting attached pieces on the top surface and mosses and other very low light plants underneath may look interesting.
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Putting anubias under the "wings" in the shade might look good, and the shade would help protect the anubias leaves from BBA.
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ok going on soak now should be in the tank in a couple of days thanks for the comments even the moose one??
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Amazing wood .... looks so natural :P
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Amazing wood .... looks so natural :P
Yup i got amazing WOOD right now!

one thing thou! due to the curvature of the top piece im not sure im going to be able to tie moss to it... any ideas???
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People use that gel type "magic" glue that grabs instantly, to glue moss to wood. I haven't tried it, but I also haven't seen where anyone had trouble from doing that.
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I thought it was a moose!
Ok, I was having a beer when I read the thread and you just confirmed what I saw lol.
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