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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Jig for frame:
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Second glue up. Lap joints for strength. Wood is Ipe. Using polyurethane glue.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 05:13 AM
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Nice. Always love seeing someone build a quality piece of furniture. What size tank? Are we going to see this tank?
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-13-2017, 05:56 AM Thread Starter
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Nice. Always love seeing someone build a quality piece of furniture. What size tank? Are we going to see this tank?

The tank is a low tech gravel over dirt substrate planted 35 gallon hex. We (my 12yo daughter and I) have had it setup for about 2 months now. We added guppies about 2 weeks ago. I will be happy to show it off IF it turns out to be presentable.

I left the 6th side of the hexagon open because I plan on running a stack (An enclosed tunnel from the stand up to the top of the tank to hide all the hoses and lines). I will see how this works out?

I will continue to post while I make progress... I don't know how fast that will be.
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The frame fits quite well.

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Next step is to clean it up!
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I love how Ipe stains. Good choice.

Would have been fun to see you try a mitered lap joint so you have no end grain show.

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I really love Ipe. I usually just use a clear finish without a stain because I love the natural colors in Ipe. You can see the stair railing and even the frames around the slate on the treads are Ipe. I built those about 12 years ago. The Ipe is so hard that it is holding up perfect even on the high traffic stair treads.

I can keep about 1/10 of a degree accuracy on my saw which is pretty darned good. Even at .1 degree accuracy it is really hard to get a perfect hexagon. A blind lap join would have been nice to hide the end grain but it would have made the whole hood a lot more complex and would have taken a lot longer to make.

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Starting to take shape.

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