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Thank you! I very much taught myself with trial and error and a lot of youtube videos (my preferred woodworking guru is The Wood Whisperer ). It's one of my other non-aquarium related hobbies but it sure is fun when two of them crossover. I definitely did not grow up doing any of the woodworking type stuff.Wow that's amazing! Wish I had your DIY skills.
Thank you! I was also worried about the brackets being visible (especially since they are so darn bright) but fortunately they sit far enough back that it is not an issue.Beautiful job! I was worried the white metal brackets would show but they don't so
It's also great to hear you are feeling better and looking forward to more updates as you get your purchases in to finish it up.
Thank you! I seriously considered getting rare earth bar magnets but decided against it because its such a pain to deal with the installation . Making round holes in wood is easy because you just need a drill bit. Making square holes in wood generally means a jig and a lot of precise movements as dictated by the jig. OR drilling out a bunch and then using chisels to square off the parts the drill couldn't reach. The problem with all of that is that I didn't realize I was going to need more power until pretty late in the process. So it would have meant drilling big holes and working with chisels on the piece after it was all glued together which in turn would have meant any mistake would have had major consequences. If I wanted to make another one I might try using the bar type magnets from the beginning which would have let me do all the chisel work before it was glued up. But chances are this is the only one of these I will ever makeYou should be - it looks awesome!
Really glad I wanted a few weeks to read the updates because this is terrific. Can't quite put my finger on it but something about them forces your eye to the center of each tank in a way that doesn't otherwise occur.
A magnet nerd thing: have you considered trying neodymium bars instead of smaller magnets? They may be worth checking out. In order to make the apron lighter, you could also try to machine out some of the wood on the back side of each piece.