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I built my first stand over the weekend and here is how it came out. I used HD 1/2" hardwood Sandeply. I made a 1x3" frame and used 1x4" as the brace/legs which was notched 3/4" for the frame. I used MinWax Wood Conditioner and MinWax New Satin Black PolyShades. I used 000 Steel Wool to sand the stain. I also am using a 1/4" plexiglass as a door with basic hinges until I can find something better and I used a magnetic pop-latch. The reason I made a plexiglass door is so that I can see my new G3 Filter and my CO2 tank that I paid a lot of money for so why hide it. I am also thinking about using an LED color changing light to create some type of mood for inside the cabinet. This is my first build so be easy on me. I followed many threads in this website and learn a lot. I highly recommend everyone to build their own stand. It give you great satisfaction during and after the build. Everyone should try it if you are capable, at least try. Here are some pics. I am not going to describe in detail so if you have any questions feel free to ask.













 

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Completed the door. Thinking about making a 2" black boarder around the glass to hide the hinges and latch. What do you think?

 

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Picture of the tools I used and that you need to assist in your build. Notice the tool box full of tools as well, lol.....
 

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looks epic, the border is a damn good idea =p
Thank you. I going all out on this one, well as much as my wallet can afford, lol.

Oh yea you think thats a good idea, cool. I was also thinking about just removing the hinges and just add another magnetic pop-latch on the upper right side so I can just remove the whole door rather then having to open it. What you think about that?

I just made a thread for the build called The Build - ADA 60P Style -Custom 35" stand. Make sure you use that one because I accidently made two thread.
 

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What's up with the swastika?
Yea sorry about that. I was watching the Military Channel when I took that picture and they were doing a documentary on Hitler's Body Guards. I hope it doesn't offend anyone.
 

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Pretty cool. Have you thought about using some 50% tint or something? Maybe even like 70%. Then you could see everything but it would match the black. It could look cool where you can't really see anything just looking but put a light in when you want to show off.
Thank you. Yea I thought about doing that but I thought it might take away from what I am going to do. Especially with the LEDs changing colors I think it will make the colors look more dull, no?
 

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I am actually spray painted a 2" boarder around the whole glass now. I just did the first coat. I am doing this to eliminate the silver hinges and pop-latch. I will post pics when done.
 

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Ok I did the 2" frame boarder with 2 coats of leftover flat black spray paint and 3 coats of acrylic clear coat spray. It is hard to notice in darker pictures but it is noticeable in person and it makes the stand look more uniform. I am happy. I can always tint the middle if necessary. What do you guys think? Feel free to comment.





 

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Very nice work, when you get tired of planted tanks, you can probably put a keg in there too! Ok, maybe a pony.
I rather hav a keg in there. No, its not that big in there. Only about 20" wide and 13" deep.
 

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In its final location:
 

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Looks nice. Very similar to the ADAesque stand my father in law and I made for my 60-p. You can see it in the journal in my sig for that tank.
Hey thank you very much. It is funny that you should say that because I have seen you stand many times over and I actually got my inspiration from the stand you and your FIL built. I just wanted to clear door so I can see my money, meaning the G3 and CO2, basically the guts of the aquarium. Thanks a lot for the inspiration. I almost got the 2217 as well but decided on the prettier G3.

Where did you get those foreground plants that are on the left side of the tank with the pointy thin leaves?
 
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