So I started with this using wood I got free for the bones. Its a really sturdy structure.
This was FOREVER ago, even longer that I was working on the tank above it.
I finally this sunday started doing the face framing for the thing.
I built this just high enough to keep in the same spot my 30 gallon is (under my wall mounted TV) yet tall enough for the canister filter and co2 tank to fit under.
Its literally just makes all clearances.
There are going to be 2 shaker style doors on the front for basic entry but Im building the entire front (and some of the side) removable so I can actually pull the co2 tank and filter out for changing and cleaning every few weeks.
Its all gorilla wood glued and pocket screwed using my kreg stuff.
I need to hit the front with some heavy sanding cause some of the planks were a bit different in thickness from the store and it all needs some evening out. Ill be hitting it with my orbital for that.
I thought about using my router table and trying out some dovetail joints but that would take me forever.
I think once this thing is sanded, stained ebony and cleared its going to look really nice. I know its all pine but hopefully it wont get to beat up and even if so its easy enough to repairs or even replace the way its being built.
This isnt even the finished wood as there is still more building and trimming that needs to be done.
The tank will sit right on the 2x4s but have triming around the front and side to give the appearance its sitting on a nice flat wood surface. This saves me overall height and hides the lower trim with something nice.
I wanted to build a low profile canopy to match but just dont have the height. Maybe Ill get creative, who knows.
heres the page link for those who might want to see larger images.