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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-24-2006, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Talking My DIY 60-Gallon Stand

I thought I'd share some pics of my stand. It's only about 50% done. Not sure how I'm going to finish it, Burn and Stain or Paint, but it should be done this weekend.

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Looks awesome! What kind of wood is it made out of? I didnt get a close look. I would stain it, personally.
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You folks are making me spend too much money at Home Depot.

Looks good. Are you going to have two doors on each end or one in the center? Looking how you sectioned it off, it looks like you plan on keeping part of it open.

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Thanks.

It's skinned with ¼" AC Plywood. The frame work is 2x4 DF No.1 and Btr. I'm the manager of a Truss Plant (The Things that make up your Roofs. Not a lot of people know what trusses are) So structural lumber is not a problem to get. In fact all the framing material was waste off my saws.

As for doors, the center is now covered and the two sides have shelves in them. I'm leaving them open to put decorations in. I have some ceramic fish statues I want in there, and I'm not a cabinet maker so I'm kinda Leary of making cabinet doors.

I pretty much finished it last night. Just need a little sanding and the finish (Stain or Paint)

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Edit: I'll try to get some more pictures this weekend.
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I think it would look cool with one of those speckled "faux" granite finishes. Nice work, BTW.

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Looks great. Very solid looking, I like the trim work,too. Good job.

I think stain would look best, IMO.
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Very nice stand! I strongly recommend that you make even a simple slab door for the middle, put a shelf in it, and use it to hold your filter, CO2 tank, fertilizers, tools, food, and, in the corner a good kitchen sink! You won't regret doing that - ok, you might omit the sink. And, I would use an opaque finish, not stain. The faux granite look is a good suggestion.

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I know a lot of people think I should make a door in the middle, but I have another cabinet that all my supplies are in and Iím not going to run Co2. Iím using an Aqua Clear 500 and the Rioís that were suggested in the DIY article on UGJ Systems ( http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/ug_jets.php ) so nothing will be underneath.

Here we go. Just finished the construction:








Just after the BURN Process:






My 15 Year Old helping me Stain:




The tank being presented by my LOVELY Wife:




Placing the rocks and starting the UGJís:
















Now I need to clean all the Rocks, Sand and the one little piece of wood I have (Damn I need some bigger pieces of Wood).

I can hardly wait to filler up.
Feel free to comment, just be easy. This my first shot at cabinet making and there are flaws
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It's very nice, and I'm happy you didn't go with a faux finish--that would be too "bachelor chic". You know; icky.
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Wood finishes are entirely a personal preference issue. I always like natural finishes, with stain or dye only if the wood has no character by itself. Some finishes I dislike, but I have seen some very nicely done faux finishes.

My wife basically determines the finish in my household.

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Good job,is look nice~
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Will there be a matching canopy?

(I'm not necessarily opposed to all faux finishes, but something with alot of moulding detail just would look wrong! But I am old fashioned and in the right home blah blah blah...it all has its place. )
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Thanks everyone I appreciate the comments

Yes Mori, I am going to build a matching canopy. I want to integrate all my lighting into the canopy so It will probably be one of the last things I make before I start cycling the tank.

Thanks Again

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Sand...? UGF? I would stay away from that... it will just turn into a plastic lattic burried in the sand. UGF are not good for a planted tank...unfortunately.

I like the stand though...better than i could do.

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Thanks, I'm glad you like it.

I wasn't planning to plant this tank. I have a 30 Long that my fish a temporarily in and when this tank is done I'm going to plant that one. For my first planted tank I was thinking this one would be a little big. I wanted to get the 30 going nice and established for a while before I tackle a bigger one.

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