I really like the design aesthetic of the ADA stands, but I've never been a fan of the gray laminate finish option. I decided that I would try the same thing, but with a hardwood veneer, since I didn't have the tools (at the time) to make it out of solid hardwood.
Anyway, the only requirements my wife had was that it match the furniture in the room it will be going in, all of which is dark. Ok, I thought to myself, I can do that.
As you'll see in the pictures below, the stand started out as 3/4" MDF and was assembled with countersunk screws.Then I filled the holes, sanded smooth and went to work with the veneering. I don't think I would ever do a whole table like this with veneer again, but it did turn out relatively well. If and when I make another, it will be out of solid wood. This particular veneer was mahogany, with an espresso stain, and urethane/oil finish. I also like the look of pulls, so I added a couple of simple ones to the finished product.
Another month or two, and I will have a finished tank/stand finally set up in the living room. I've been planning for 6 months now.
Assistant cat approves.