It finally looks like something.
I got the front on today. I must say, I like the overall look if I do say so myself. Now I just need to get some trim for the sides and top, doors (more on that in a sec), sand and stain, and I'm done
Here is the eventual plan for the stand:
The blue is a 55gal tank that will be housed underneath and used partially for breeding/grow out, and partially for a sump. The left 12" that will go behind that door will be partitioned off and contain the filtering portion of the sump. That top brown door/drawer looking thing will actually be a door that opens vertically instead of horizontally. It'll cover the empty space between the top of the sump and the top of the stand, and when it's open, it'll serve as a light-duty "shelf" to hold rags, fish food, nets, whatever I might need while I'm working in the tank. The left door will have hooks on the back of it to hang nets and stuff, and the right door, I'm thinking will have a little rack on it for food and whatnot. Behind that right door will be the CO2 canister, UPS, power outlets, and all that jazz.
While I'm on the topic of doors, what do you guys think I should use? I was thinking solid oak panels with rounded edges, but I'm not sure. I still have plenty of 1/4" oak plywood left over, but I don't think it's thick enough to be up to the task...
I'm kinda stumped on the leveling method for the stand. I was going to drill holes in the feet and glue some nuts in them so I could use bolts as levelers...but, that would give me a "floating" look for the stand, which I don't want. Anybody got any good ideas, or should I just stick to shims?