So, after about a year in the hobby, I've decided to throw some time and $$ into a new setup. I recently purchased a new ADA 32 gal tank, but I really didn't like the ultra-modern "feel" of the stand.
Totally understand the thought process for it, as to not distract from the tank, and to be a streamlined and uniform display piece. I like that concept, but I don't like the "cold" gun metal look or the glass versions. I wanted something warmer and more "alive," but wanted to keep with the intentions of ADA.
Soo... I saw a few hardwood versions of this and decided to start a project. I must admit, I've been pretty bad at a photo-log for the whole thing. But, I do have a pics of the process. I'm in the middle of finish work on the stand now.
Here are some process pics:
I went with Walnut. Love that wood, have several pieces made from it in the house. The carcass is built with a single sheet of Walnut plywood, and the face frames are jointed from a 1x10.
I'm planning to do an asymmetrical pair of doors, one with the cross bars and one without. They are glass panel doors, with frosted glass inlay. Behind them I will have an LED strip light that I can adjust for any color to backlight them, and also be able to see and work under the stand.
Here's a shot with the doors mounted. I used Euro hinges for a streamlined look. The doors have magnetic push catches, so they are also push-to-open (no pulls/handles). The plywood is assembled with dados and biscuits, glued up tight.
The doors were cut by hand with a lock-and-key joint here.
The finish is going on now, as you can see it still needs some buffing. The inside is satin poly for extra waterproofing, the outside is gloss. The Walnut is really starting to look alive though, loving it so far.
Here's a shot with the garden mat fitted. I screwed up cutting it, but it's very pliable and hopefully can stretch it a bit and hold it square with double-sided tape. It will stretch it a bit, but the top is dead level and it's pretty thick material. Don't think it will be an issue.
I'll post more to come. Hopefully I get the look I want with the backlighting and it doesn't distract from the tank too much. I think when the tank and stand are together it will really give off that earthy vibe I'm going for.
Would love to hear feedback, I'll try to update the thread if people are interested in where it's going.