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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-26-2007, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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DIY Wood canopy

I posted a few pics in the Photo Album forum and thought mabie it belongs here, so ,,,a link to it https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ph...hotos-56k.html

The white pvc filter inlets/outlets are going to get replaced with clear once Everything works well,, right now there are three spraybars, I think one needs to become a jet.
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That looks really nice. Can you take a picture of it with the front closed so we can see what the outside looks like?
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Might add some trim to cover up the plywood edge, but getting the stain to match on different types of wood is a real PITA.
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If you plan on going with a black background at some point in the future then I'd recommend black PVC over clear. Clear will grow algae and require cleaning. If you plan on adding a piece of trim (and I don't think it's necessary) I'd use a piece of wood that matches the dimensions and color of the bottom and top rims of the stand. Anyway, it looks good.

Edit: I just checked the other thread. Good job on color matching the hood and the stand. I didn't realize you were refinishing the stand and doing the hood for the first time. That might make it hard to find a strip of wood to finish the hood that matches the stand.

Did you make the fan temperature controller yourself?
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"Did you make the fan temperature controller yourself?"
http://www.heatsink-guide.com/conten...=control.shtml

Yes the only hard part to find is the thermistor, a place named Digikey has them for cheep,,, under a buck,, shipping costs more.

Hasen't blown up yet!!

I picked up some trim for the hood, but the trim took the stain so poorly that the trim will be a project all of it's own.
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That looks really nice John and what a perfect fit for that little area. Thanks for posting the additional pic.
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"Did you make the fan temperature controller yourself?"
http://www.heatsink-guide.com/conten...=control.shtml

Yes the only hard part to find is the thermistor, a place named Digikey has them for cheep,,, under a buck,, shipping costs more.
Looks good. I especially love the driftwood you have in there. Once everything grows in that's gonna look nice.

With one of the programs at Michigan Tech (where I go), we have to get all sorts of electronic components. Typically, Digikey is pretty good about sampling. They make their money on large orders, so it's always worth a shot to ask if you can sample a part, even if it's fairly expensive. I sampled parts for an entire digital audio player one time, and they didn't seem to mind. They even asked me what I was sampling everything for, never hassled me on it.

How much did the entire hood setup cost to make?

As for staining, this article is pretty handy.

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I didn't keep track of the price too well,,,,
sheet of plywood, a few 2x2 for the frame, wood glue,
8 little brass hinges, with 6 way too little brass screws

a few cans of stain, quart of sparr varnish, a few paint brushes,,,
the inside is painted with a polly boat paint called brightside, and you should use the primer, and if you level the surface,
prime, sand, prime, sand,,,,,,,it will look like a plastic super smooth surface, but not cheep, like $60.00
I painted it in spring so it can dry outside, and it stunk for weeks.

ah kits:
2x96 watt with sunpaq 10,000k/6700k
2x55 watt with ah's 5500k

two ARCTIC fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186006

For the speed controll a thermistor that works
http://search.digikey.com/scripts/Dk...me=317-1283-ND

To get the power in ,, a female socket, & male adapter.
almost did the same with the ac.



And last but not least is whatever else I forgot, and a hole lot of time.
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That looks really cool.
Any fan grille for the fans?
Is the silver plug under the fan for the fan power?

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Is the silver plug under the fan for the fan power?
I am thinking temp controller

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The silver plug is for the incoming 12v dc that goes to the temp controller.
Some kind of a fan guard is needed, thinking screen of some sort on the inside, and a grille for the outside,,,, mabie plastic???

Thanks for all the kind words
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If you've got a table saw you can make your own venier out of a scrap piece of plywood. Cut a strip just a little wider than your plywood is thick then turn that piece on edge, move your fence over 1/8" and slice off the venier. Glue the strip to the edge and sand it flush or use a router and a flush trim bit. It's really pretty easy to do, but you've got to have a good table saw. The banding will match your plywood perfectly.
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