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Old 05-09-2013, 10:55 PM   #16
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This is a frame I found and will repurpose.

I'll probably use it as a stand now, as acrylic makes sense, and it would look awkward if the tank stood out.

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How can I make this stand an appropriate base.. Hmm
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How can I make this stand an appropriate base.. Hmm
flip it over so the feet are pointed down...done! .

For an acrylic tank you can cut a piece of wood to go on top of the stand/under the tank. Home depot has pre made butcher block type panels that would be easy to cut & sand, you can even stain and seal it. Would leave a pretty finished edge, not a ragged plywood edge
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flip it over so the feet are pointed down...done! .

For an acrylic tank you can cut a piece of wood to go on top of the stand/under the tank. Home depot has pre made butcher block type panels that would be easy to cut & sand, you can even stain and seal it. Would leave a pretty finished edge, not a ragged plywood edge
OOH. Great idea.. How big should I get the block to be? Fitted just inside or fitted snug to the inside ring.
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Yeah, the solvent is glue. It basically welds the panels together.
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OOH. Great idea.. How big should I get the block to be? Fitted just inside or fitted snug to the inside ring.
My choice would be slightly larger than the base, so it sits on top and the edge grain is visible. Adds a little 'organic' look - with the tank assembled you would see black stand, wood platform edge, rimless tank
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just and FYI you can not use silicone to glue acrylic togeather. silicone is only on glass so that would be the way to go. the idea is good though. and any glass should would probably cut it for you cheap with that small. i would take the frame to them and ask them to cut it to fit inside.
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My choice would be slightly larger than the base, so it sits on top and the edge grain is visible. Adds a little 'organic' look - with the tank assembled you would see black stand, wood platform edge, rimless tank
Oh I love this.. I'm thinking a nice dark wood too.

My idea is having it cut in two halves so I can make it "fill up" the inside.. If you know what I mean, then wood glue it together.. Very sweet idea.
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just and FYI you can not use silicone to glue acrylic togeather. silicone is only on glass so that would be the way to go. the idea is good though. and any glass should would probably cut it for you cheap with that small. i would take the frame to them and ask them to cut it to fit inside.
I'm not sure if I will go silicone or glass. I'll do whatever is best/cheapest for a first time DIYer. I watched a video and learned that you don't silicone acrylic lol.
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:41 AM   #24
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Maybe the cut in half wood wouldn't be necessary. I just want it to fit snug inside..

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The tank would sit on top of the new "base"

It would be a SUPER shallow tank like the original concept.
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