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Old 05-07-2013, 03:01 PM   #16
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Very nice work. You a carpenter?
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:19 PM   #17
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great job working with minimal resources; this clearly shows the mind is our most important resource

I was going to give you the idea to maybe mortise a small square and inset a small block to cover up the 90mm bolts a la Greene and Greene, just to hide the hardware. I was searching for a picture to link you when I found this:

http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodwork...f=wd200&page=6

Just an idea to fuel the fires, hope it helps.
That's a cool idea. I've been thinking of doing something similar with some sort of magnetic cap.
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:20 PM   #18
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Very nice work. You a carpenter?
Thanks. I'm certainly not a carpenter, just an amateur woodworker. As my wife puts it, my woodworking specialty is building large wooden boxes and putting fish tanks on them.
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:16 AM   #19
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Very nice design and build on the stand!! Even more so considering the lack of power tools and the nice fitment of all the parts.

All my cats do when we are working on a project is get in the way, though they have tested the strength of the shelves on the racks we put up for the fish room.
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You sir, have skills
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I am very inspired by your work! I'm always using the excuse not to build things because I don't have a shop or the proper tools, but I have WAY more "shop" space AND tools then you so now I have ZERO excuse not to build.

I like your design choice, although I'm a little bit leery about your hardware choices. I work in furniture and use those bolt and barrel nut combination for a lot of bunk beds we sell and they like to work loose after a while. But your wood choice is far sturdier than what our bunk beds are made of so it will probably work better then I've seen.
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Well it looks like I will be taking the wood shop class on my Base.
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I like your design choice, although I'm a little bit leery about your hardware choices. I work in furniture and use those bolt and barrel nut combination for a lot of bunk beds we sell and they like to work loose after a while.
Thanks, I'll have to keep an eye out to check for potential loosening. The nice thing about this design is that the heads of the bolts will still be accessible on the finished stand, so I should be able to easily tighten them up if I notice them working loose. Also, most of the weight of the aquarium itself will be supported by the wooden joints. Given that the bolts are not really load bearing, hopefully there won't be any catastrophic failures if then work a little loose.
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Thanks. I'm certainly not a carpenter, just an amateur woodworker. As my wife puts it, my woodworking specialty is building large wooden boxes and putting fish tanks on them.
No offense but I think your wife needs to re-evaluate you. She is severely underestimating your ability. By no means is that an amateur job. Thats a pro job. Most of us will screw some 2x4's together in an appropriate fashion and call it a day. You have some nice skills there. One can definitely tell your putting some time into it. If you ever sell it, don't settle for low ballers. That's some quality right there.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:47 PM   #25
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Try blue Loctite on those fasteners (can't remember the number). Intended for temporary holding of fasteners over 1/8 or something like that. Should keep them from backing off, but still allow the stand to be disassembled in the future (unlike red). Just as a safety measure. The stand shouldn't see the same types of shifting loads as a bunk bed. Tank stands tend to be static, unlike a kid's bed.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:55 AM   #26
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That came out great and that dozuki is neat, I thought it was some type meat cleaver.
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:42 PM   #27
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Time for a quick update. Progress has been slow because I got busy with work but I'm pretty close to done. Here's an update on the doors.

Given that the stand is quite a large piece of furniture and is going to be dark brown, I thought that having solid doors would make the whole thing look too dense, dark and overbearing in the room. So I opted to go for lighter doors in the style of shoji screens.

Here's all the wood laid out for one door with pocket holes drilled



Assembling the outer frame of the doors



Assembling the inner lattice (I would have benefited from some additional clamps here)



Fully assembled door



Passing the rigorous kitty inspection



I finished the doors with a couple of coats of dark brown paint and backed them with a layer of sturdy laminated shoji paper

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Great job. Really well thought out and documented. I appreciate that. You say the paper is laminated. How well will it stand up to water and moisture?
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:07 PM   #29
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Stunningly impressive!
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:11 PM   #30
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sweet doors and overall build. i've been on a mission in my local lumber yards to source some quality hardwood. Loving the pocket hole idea and looking to bypass the 2x4 build for something more stylistic. were all these pieces cut with a dozuki? I also considered making drawers to neatly pack away some fish foods but figured my build was already overly ambitious being that its a double aquarium stand.

thanks for the inspiration.
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