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Old 09-08-2011, 07:25 PM   #16
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Wow! That walnut is awesome.
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:16 AM   #17
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Love the walnut grain look.
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:09 AM   #18
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Beautiful! One of the best stands I've seen too.
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Old 09-09-2011, 10:00 AM   #19
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Gorgeous stand! I can't wait to see how the setup turns out. Keep us posted!
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:44 AM   #20
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Great choice on the stand's finish. Very beautiful like a high-end furniture or speakers. Simply lovely.
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:48 AM   #21
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love the finish, really awesome!
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Old 09-11-2011, 07:57 PM   #22
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You weren't supposed to use the router for those hinges. That's probably why you don't have adjustment. Nice stand.
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:41 PM   #23
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The stand is too good. You really did not need the gray laminate. Something closer to the walnut door color would have been so much better. But they do not show from front anyways. Looking forward for the next developments.
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Old 09-11-2011, 09:18 PM   #24
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No that type has no adjustment other than to loosen the screws and move the door a little. The cabinet looks great as it is but you could always upgrade to a european type adjustable style hinge later if you want. Just make sure you get the correct one if you deceide to go that route.

But it looks good and can't wait to see a tank on top of it with plants and fish!!

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Old 09-11-2011, 11:01 PM   #25
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You weren't supposed to use the router for those hinges. That's probably why you don't have adjustment. Nice stand.
we only routed out room for the hinges on one side because that door lining up flush with the side, it was just to pull the door out 1/8" or so. little sloppy but it was the fix we decided we needed to make to clean up the lines.

Next time around I'll definitely research my hinges a little better and get some adjustable ones.

I agree in hindsight that I could have built the sides out of another solid wood and just stained to match but I'm still happy with how it looks with the laminate and it was a good learning experience to find out how to apply and flush-trim laminate.

At the moment I'm still waiting on my 60p to arrive at the LFS, they placed the order with the distributors a week and a half ago I believe and it was supposed to have arrived by the end of this week but alas, it didn't

I bought 6 stem plants to kick off the cycle hopefully and just have them waiting in a 5 gallon bucket until the tank shows up. Thinking I'm just going to follow this to the T more or less to hopefully avoid an ammonia spike: http://www.rexgrigg.com/cycle.htm
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:10 AM   #26
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It's still a very nice cabinet and if your happy, plus I like the laminate sides it makes it look a little lighter, I'm affraid to ask what the wood for those doors cost.

I've been doing carpentry for years, tons of tools, air compresser, nail guns, etc., but I built an oak valance for my tank to hide the lighting, etc. I make the first one out of scrap pine or what ever I have, nice wood is really expensive now and with a prototype you can fix all your mistakes and not worry about beating it up.
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:48 AM   #27
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It's still a very nice cabinet and if your happy, plus I like the laminate sides it makes it look a little lighter, I'm affraid to ask what the wood for those doors cost.

I've been doing carpentry for years, tons of tools, air compresser, nail guns, etc., but I built an oak valance for my tank to hide the lighting, etc. I make the first one out of scrap pine or what ever I have, nice wood is really expensive now and with a prototype you can fix all your mistakes and not worry about beating it up.
The board was $90, 8/4ths thick, bookmatching it cost another $50, then having it squared and belt-sanded (I don't have a table saw) cost another $30... so yeah, the wood wasn't cheap, and my first rookie mistake was leaving one of the boards in my car for a day in 90 degree weather after applying the first coat of danish oil to only one side.... definitely warped it a good amount, I had to set weight in the middle of it for a few days to get it back to nearly straight. Using prototype wood is definitely a solid idea I figured in this case since it was only straight doors I would be pretty safe but I still made my share of f-ups.
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Old 09-12-2011, 08:39 PM   #28
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The Walnut on the front is gorgeous and probably worth every penny.

If not for the high quality wood on the front I don't think that the misalignment would be so glaring.

Normally I would say "who cares if it doesn't fit perfectly" but in this case it sort of feels like a little kid took a crayon to masterpiece or something.

If it was just pine or something it wouldn't even matter (and the stand is still incredible) but hopefully someone can provide a tip or trick to help you line it all up eventually.
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:04 AM   #29
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Beautiful DIY Walnut stand and work!
Really cOOL dude

Can't wait to see you add ADA tank and equipments
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Old 09-14-2011, 05:09 AM   #30
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The tank finally arrived!

messing around with how to scape it right now, I've got these two nice pieces of ADA manzanita and I was hoping to make a bit of a valley between them... not trying to make them look like trees or anything necessarily, just liked the way they looked like this after messing with placement for a while. Several of the rocks in these photos are just to weigh the branches down.

I'm trying to decide if the slopes are steep enough to give it the kind of depth I want, hard to visualize what it'll look like once it's planted but I'm thinking stem plants in the back corners, glosso or another ground cover in the middle, and some blyxa japonica and other plants under the branches on the slopes.







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