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ADA style stand

I want to built a stand for my 120cm tank so I thought I would start a thread to discuss ADA style/ minimalist designs. I found plans for all the standard size ADA stands and have added a link to the pdf.

For my stand I will be:
- doubling up all panels so they will be 1.5" think instead of 3/4".
- changing the overall dimensions to 1220mm X 470mm X 800mm (lxwxh)
- no center brace

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Anyone know how I would apply Formica to the face of 'F' and the bottom of 'E'?



I'm pointing to the area in the photo


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Dying to do a smaller one for a 15Gal I have planned. Where's the zip file you mentioned attaching?
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Hmm. It seems I didn't attach it properly. I'll try again after work.


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Contact cement would work for attaching the formica.


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3m spray adhesive. Great stuff.


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My issues is more how to butt the Formica nicely into the corner. Most places you just lay a oversized sheet down and router off the excess. Here you can't. Should I just get the edge as straight as possible and just deal with it?


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This guy will show you how:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ld8ec1sJtk

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This guy will show you how:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ld8ec1sJtk

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I wonder what that tool was he used to cut out the corner. It looks like a file but I can't make it out very well.

I picked up some 3/4" oak today. It took two sheets to cut the main body and I'll need part of a third sheet to cut the doors. I'm waiting on those because I'm thinking about using mdf for the door and maybe painting them a solid colour, or using a nice dark wood for doors and leaving the oak natural. At first I thought the endgrain would look terrible, but if I do it right it could look neat. If not I'll do a veneer or Formica. Formica isn't really the look I want on this tank.

I was planning on using only a biscuit joiner and glue for the butt joints, but now I'm thinking I'll assemble one layer of the bottom, back and sides so I can add some screws to the joints, and afterwords I can laminate the second layer on. It will make a stronger joint in the end, but I'm not sure the extra fiddling is worth it. The joints should be plenty strong if I glue them properly and seal them from water.


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I think you are probably too far along to change much, but you really don't gain anything worthwhile by doubling the thickness of the panels to 1.5 inches. The 3/4 inch plywood is strong enough to handle any tank. I wouldn't even use the frame shown inside the panels, for the same reason. And, screws add very little to the strength - the glue joints provide the shear strength you need. (Assuming you use a good modern glue, like yellow carpenter's glue or Gorilla glue.)

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I completely agree with you, Hoppy. The only reason I went double is because my landlord asked me to. I don't really mind since he allows me to have 300+ gallons in my suite. I wasn't sure about the screws. I did read that a good glue joint will rip the wood before breaking the glue though.


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With a landlord like that you should be willing to put an elephant in the room as a tank stand!

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Yeah, it's kinda strange calling him my landlord. They are a young couple with a few kids and live upstairs. I try to buy a new tool for every job and he lets me use his tools to do the rest of the job. For this project I bought a palm router and a biscuit joiner. I only had a budget for one tool but I found them used. I saved a lot of money.

I was thinking about how overbuilt the stand is all day and I think I might omit the center brace. I needed to move it off center to accommodate my wet/dry and I didn't want to change the size of the door. It was just going to be weird.


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I've made some decent progress with the stand over the last few weeks. Doubling up the thickness was a royal pain. The panels are too big to safely use a table saw to square up, so I had to use the circular saw. It took a while to set the fence for every cut. Anyways, pics for the pic junkies:

Here is a dry fit to make sure everything fits, is square, and to mark for biscuits:



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Some of the joints:


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