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Old 06-05-2012, 03:51 AM   #16
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thanks drew!!

yeah its coming along great, and guess what, i was wrong, its not a 75 gal its a 55 gal, i just havent corrected my thread posting yet, lol the tank stand looks a little small for a 75 guess i should have updated earlier

finished sanding, took 3 days, by hand and by machine, this thing was a beast
had an issue with the glue, when i applied it and clamped everything was great, but overnight it expanded and i didnt wake up early enough to save it from getting blasted with hot heat and direct sunlight which caused it to expand more... i had to chissel away a ton of overlapped glue, sucked nuts.... and it actually chipped a huge chunk of the stand...ughhhh i was so furious i had to even it by hand with sanding, after a couple of hours of elbow grease i got it to look decent but you can still tell there was a chunk missing, i was too lazy to go buy wood putty lol i should have but im poor anyway....

so today i painted, here is my helper


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she turned out to be too lazy so i wrapped her with painters paper so she wouldnt get paint on her....

so here is after the second coat of paint, doing two more, 4 in total, so the metallic really shines out and all the grains get seeped in with paint..... it looks so awesome, just got done with the fourth coat and its freaking crazy sexy


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tomorrow i paint the rims of the tank to match and figure out a lid situation
the old lid cant be rescued wood is too rot, too sketchy to deal with, so i will have to build a new one, and i cant decide if i want to spend the money on rebuilding a bar type style lid, ugh.... decisions decisions
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:47 PM   #17
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painted the rims on the tank to match the stand.... mmmmm carbon mist....


By cakenutz at 2012-06-06

and finally here they are together, i would say about 60% finished with building, still need to figure out the lid, going to home depot today.... hmmmmm


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Old 06-06-2012, 08:48 PM   #18
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also when testing the tank to hold water to the brim, it leaked so i re silicon-ed the seals...... water testing it again tomorrow..... cross your fingers
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:55 PM   #19
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Great looking work. I would hold off for a couple more days before retesting just to be safe and to make sure you get a great cure.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:02 PM   #20
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Great looking work. I would hold off for a couple more days before retesting just to be safe and to make sure you get a great cure.
i'd 2nd that. That stuff may feel dry to the touch, but that's only the surface.
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:03 AM   #21
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i'd 2nd that. That stuff may feel dry to the touch, but that's only the surface.


sorry i didnt mention i resealed it a few days prior, total dry time will be 4 days just to be sure

here is a lil' update, today decided what to do for the lid, was originally going to use acrylic, but too costly and if i messed it up then there is no retry, that would suck, so im just going to use good ol' fashion wood

got wood?


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the top was concave so i set it under a really old vintage ugly dressor we have


By cakenutz at 2012-06-06

here are more shots of the tank and topless stand


By cakenutz at 2012-06-06

might put shelves in for holding drinks, shot glass's ect....


By cakenutz at 2012-06-06

here is swazy (my helper) to demonstrate livestock.... thought it would make the tank look bigger but at this angle it looks like its a 30 gal lol


By cakenutz at 2012-06-06

trying to decide which side i want for the front, the compartments, or sleekness, so far im leaning to just the sleek look (2nd pic below)


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stay tuned, working on lid tomorrow, wood is already cut, just need to screw and glue! (thats what she said)
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Old 06-09-2012, 05:28 AM   #22
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have the canopy structure done


By cakenutz at 2012-06-08

just need to spray it


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some chiclid sand helpin out with its weight


By cakenutz at 2012-06-08

decided to add a trim molding, custom did the corners a little different, really neat i think


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wood putty


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last test fill on stand, a pass with flying colors


By cakenutz at 2012-06-08

here is the canopy/bar area just a mock fit, it will actually be about 5" higher and have the trim finished and sanded, and of course painted, as will as tiles on the top to give it the bar feel


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Old 06-09-2012, 08:36 PM   #23
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update:

stumps.... drying


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top..... drying


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chiclichiclid sand..... chillin


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yes i am a little tipsy.... what is aquascaping without beer? ..... just messin' around with a fish tank in my book lol beer makes it so much better

oh and dont you love special wood glue that says its "EASILY SANDABLE" AND WONT SAND OFF WORTH A DAMN?!! this presents a little problem..... hmmmmmm what to do..... well have another beer i guess.....
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:42 PM   #24
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Hahaha you tipsyyy!!!! I feel like drinking too now... Rhum, where are you Moma's looking for ya... }
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:44 PM   #25
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This is dope.. I've been following this from the beginning... Keep us updated.. Nice to see people getting their hands dirty for a bad ass tank!
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:41 AM   #26
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day 2 of sanding, geez this crap is tough to go through, huge layer of varnish on oak....
Your problem shows clearly in the bottom photo.
Scrap the vibrator sander and invest in a random orbit machine.
I'd seen them used before but not appreciated the power until I'd put a couple of hours into refinishing a solid wood door. It took less than an hour to sand 7/8th of the door compared to the previous hours for the first 1/8th.
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:30 AM   #27
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izabell .... poor me a shot!! lol

im only 20 beers into it ...

mr. fish thanks again man much appreciated

and dbosman now you tell me.... lol no this sander is a peice of crap i had to do most by hand, if i had the money i would invest in tools... but i dont so most of this work is done by hand.... actually all of it is, hand saw, hammer, screw driver... pretty much everything, well ok i used an auto screwdriver....and lowes and home depot made some cuts for me

here is an update for the rest of the night, the tank is going to be finished tonight, about to be painted now, all that is left is tiling the top tomorrow and attatching the original bar materials, rounded leather bound arm rest, ect.... but yall will have to wait till tomorrow to see it

here is the lid before final touches, sanding and paint


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and like i mentioned before bastards said i could sand their glue.... didnt work and was uneven at the top, so i had to wood putty the edges to make it flat before i tile


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Old 06-10-2012, 02:55 AM   #28
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izabell .... poor me a shot!! lol

im only 20 beers into it ...
20!?! Im a total joke past 3 beers !! you downed 20 !?!?! Not sure you're a good investment if i invite you to a bar lol
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:45 AM   #29
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WOWWWW...this is what you call a project. How long you've been working on this?
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:06 AM   #30
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20!?! Im a total joke past 3 beers !! you downed 20 !?!?! Not sure you're a good investment if i invite you to a bar lol
I'm assuming that's over multiple days. 20 pints is over 2 gallons, I don't think I could drink that much water let alone beer!
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