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DIY ADA-style stand: 60p tank

I recently bought a 60 x 30 cm tank and needed a nice stand for it. So I sought out to make my own ada-inspired stand. Below is a quick sketch using sketchup of the stand.





Not sure about the cutout on the side. Torn between a half circle, two separate long slots, or a rectangle. We will see!

I had a 4'x5' board of maple plywood left over from a previous project so I went ahead and cut the pieces to size. Here you can see them cut to size with biscuit holes drilled. These are the backs of all the pieces. The fronts have quite a nice grain, might stain and finish instead of paint. Again...we will see!

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I'm sure it will turn out great! I have the ADA stand. Peace of crap with cheaply done paint job.
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Here are the pieces just resting together. No glue/biscuits in place yet. Here you can see the door, it will sit about 1/2" off the ground when in place. The front panel and top panel aren't shown here. Updates to come! Hopefully I'll get to gluing tomorrow and have this finished by next weekend. I am itching to get my tank set up, but I enjoy the building process xD





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wish I have the tools to cut plywood

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All you really NEED is a hand saw...if you're adventurous enough..and have lots of time :P


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All you really NEED is a hand saw...if you're adventurous enough..and have lots of time :P
Love that grain and color.

While I have my shop setup with a radial arm in my bench what I use for busting sheet goods is a circ saw with a good blade and straight edge clamps. My blade cost me more than my saw. But it's going strong even after making miles of cuts.

Hope you're not counting on the biscuits for any strength. I'd look at glue, biscuits for alignment and pocket screws.

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Looking good. The grain is awesome.

As for tools you can do a good job with a standard circular saw. The key IMO is to replace the blade with a better quality one with a few more teeth.
Make one of these to get straight cuts. How to Make Straight Circular Saw Cuts | Woodworking Jigs
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Looking good. The grain is awesome.

As for tools you can do a good job with a standard circular saw. The key IMO is to replace the blade with a better quality one with a few more teeth.
Make one of these to get straight cuts. How to Make Straight Circular Saw Cuts | Woodworking Jigs
Good link. One thing though you can use the factory edge of plywood for your straight edge. In reality you could cut the other end of that at an angle or an ogee shape and it doesn't matter. You are guiding your saw with the factory straight edge.

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Good link. One thing though you can use the factory edge of plywood for your straight edge. In reality you could cut the other end of that at an angle or an ogee shape and it doesn't matter. You are guiding your saw with the factory straight edge.

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How are you going to hide the plywood edges?
I haven't determined that yet, looking around for maybe some type of laminate that might match, or just go with black. We'll see. As far as tools go, I used a table saw, mitre saw and track saw for most of these cuts (have a pretty extensive workshop). And no the biscuits and glue are just for holding pieces together. The strength will come from braces inside the cabinet. Also the side pieces extend the full length from the tank to the floor, they will bear most of the weight!


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I haven't determined that yet, looking around for maybe some type of laminate that might match, or just go with black. We'll see. As far as tools go, I used a table saw, mitre saw and track saw for most of these cuts (have a pretty extensive workshop). And no the biscuits and glue are just for holding pieces together. The strength will come from braces inside the cabinet. Also the side pieces extend the full length from the tank to the floor, they will bear most of the weight!
Same here on the workshop. I'm one of those that would rather move to another router table than switch bits during certain phases of things. Like rail and stile doors.

Can't afford a track saw so I use the straight edge clamps. Just got tired of hefty plywood on the table saw or the radial arm.

To hide the edges you could use solid wood and a v cut with tongue and groove. Leave just a hint of wood on the face yet covers the edges nicely.

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Same here on the workshop. I'm one of those that would rather move to another router table than switch bits during certain phases of things. Like rail and stile doors.

Can't afford a track saw so I use the straight edge clamps. Just got tired of hefty plywood on the table saw or the radial arm.

To hide the edges you could use solid wood and a v cut with tongue and groove. Leave just a hint of wood on the face yet covers the edges nicely.
Yeah I was thinking solid wood for the edges also, the only places it will really need it are the two sides of the door, and the two sides of the front panel, so that won't be too much extra wood (trying to make this with all leftovers!) Thanks for the input everyone!


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Yeah I was thinking solid wood for the edges also, the only places it will really need it are the two sides of the door, and the two sides of the front panel, so that won't be too much extra wood (trying to make this with all leftovers!) Thanks for the input everyone!
Wouldn't the door be all four sides?

For the joinery I was talking look at the edge V-groove on this page

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On one project I just cut 1/4" strips of hardwood and ran them around the edges. I did rout a bead on it and mitered the corners. Made the strips a bit thicker than the plywood so after I was happy with the bead position I used a flush trim bit on the back side of the doors.

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Wouldn't the door be all four sides?

For the joinery I was talking look at the edge V-groove on this page

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On one project I just cut 1/4" strips of hardwood and ran them around the edges. I did rout a bead on it and mitered the corners. Made the strips a bit thicker than the plywood so after I was happy with the bead position I used a flush trim bit on the back side of the doors.
Nice link, thanks! And it would be all four sides, but the bottom and top of the door won't be visible unless I open it which won't bother me at all xD. But for the edges, that v-groove looks perfect, thanks!


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Nice link, thanks! And it would be all four sides, but the bottom and top of the door won't be visible unless I open it which won't bother me at all xD. But for the edges, that v-groove looks perfect, thanks!
That would annoy the tar out of me. You'll see a bit of the solid wood on the sides when looking straight on but nothing top and bottom. I like symmetry in my cabinetry.

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That would annoy the tar out of me. You'll see a bit of the solid wood on the sides when looking straight on but nothing top and bottom. I like symmetry in my cabinetry.
Bleh..I'm torn. I do love the grain, but at the same time it's only ply so I am contemplating painting it all a solid color and maybe the front panel a different color to give it some pop. I don't want the stand to take away from the 'scape. I really like the simplicity of a solid-painted stand. Ideas?? Also this will eliminate the need to add the solid wood edges..even though it's not much more work I don't have a ton of time and no good wood scraps to use ):

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