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Whats the best type of wood for a hood?

Hey everyone, I've recently ordered a new lighting unit from ahsupply ... what type of wood would be best for the hood? I was thinking of some type of treated oak.

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Best would be a moisture resistant hardwood like mahogany, if you plan on coating it with polyurethane or paint then really any wood will do. Pine, fir or other names for common lumber is easy to work with but in my experience difficult to finish the grain likes to raise up and show through finishes no matter how well you sand.
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Teak is pretty water resistant,I use it on my ski boats and it works great kinda pricey but worth it,Mahogany is is good choice if you plan on staining it the grain is real nice and clean.
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Oak will be fine if you treat it somehow. Personally, I would use polyurethane after staining the canopy. I bought a store bought oak canopy and stand several years ago and they are holding up fine.

While I am sure that mahogany and teak are excellent choices, I think that the cost to build a canopy would be extremely high.

Ultimately, if the wood is sealed you can probably use any type of wood. I have seen stands and canopies made out of popular and furniture grade pine and they worked fine.

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I used oak to build mine and the stand was build out of oak by my dad over 12 years ago. Still looks like it is new!
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We used oak veneer, and used marine stain on the inside. This is a sw tank.









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Waterfaller -

That is a gorgeous stand and canopy!

I have never heard of marine stain, but obviously if you applied it to your saltwater setup and it has lasted any length of time it should be fine with freshwater tanks.

You said you used oak vaneer. What did you use for the main part of the stand/canopy? Marine grade plywood?

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Thanks for the nice compliment.The top portion is all oak, the bottom is regular plywood. We were kind of rushed as we were moving in from an apt to our new home. We have been here a little over a year. The marine stain was not as easy to work with as the stain we used on the outside. It was a bit darker, and sticky.

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I like to use poplar for canopys.Its a stable hardwood easy to work with and enexpensive,also stains up nicely.
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Wow!!!

Verry nice and clean setup, the layout and size of the stand / canopy is just about perfect.
Pat yourself on the back,,,, verry nice work.
What size is the tank?

As far as wood to use,,, try to match the stand as closely as you can with stain, and grain. If the grain goes up and down on the stand try to design that into your canopy. I wish I did!!
Pine is not the greatest, but 50% chance that is what your stand is made out of. I used a sanded pine plywood,, that was not a good chioce, after all the work is done, the price of the material is small compared to all of the work involved.
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Beautiful tank! Thanks for the compliments. It's only a 90 gal. ..lol
Our dream is to put up a 3 sided 300 gal. between the kitchen & living room some day.
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Hey everyone, I've recently ordered a new lighting unit from ahsupply ... what type of wood would be best for the hood? I was thinking of some type of treated oak.

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What size tank? Will this work:
http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaver...od/55hood.html

Did you ask for the free enclosure plans when you ordered your light kit?
http://www.ahsupply.com/

This might help also:
http://www.ahsupply.com/diy.htm

For a smaller tank, poplar 1x4s or poplar plywood works well......DC
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Around here Mahogany ply wood (sold as Lauan) is about half the cost of red oak, Mahogany dimensional lumber is about 25% less expensive than oak, about the same as Poplar but looks much nicer in my opinion.
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I used birch and "center" cut pine and I'm happy with the way it came out.

Best advice I can give from my build, do NOT use the stain and polyurethane in one can products!!!!!!!



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