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Old 03-17-2013, 02:20 PM   #1691
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Off topic, why heat a coffee table?

On topic, Sea Hunt would be more in style with the setting than Gunsmoke.
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Old 03-17-2013, 05:36 PM   #1692
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It's an odd type of table. During the warmer parts of the year it's just like any other Asian style low table but in the winter you remove the top and place a heavy blanket over the table frame then replace the top. When you sit at the table the blanket keeps your legs nice and warm (low watt panel heaters are under the table frame). The kids LOVE to lie under it to watch TV or play games. If you google Kotatsu you'll see some examples. My daughter ask me for over a year to make one (from the time she was 8 & 9 years old). A place near my house sells loads of reclaimed wood from all over the nation so getting the wood was a breeze.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:29 PM   #1693
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Well,...after a few well deserved days off from the build I decided that Monday and Tuesday ( days off) will be the working days,...I really would like the cabinet to look like it came off an old dock after sitting out in the weather or the last ten years ,Distressed would kinda sum it up,...now weather (intended pun) I can achieve that look is another story but I'm going to try to at least come close.
I applied an ugly dark stain to the overall cabinet and now I'm using a small orbital sander to achieve a calico cat look which I hope will add some definition to the overall cabinet once I apply the finishing up staining combo.
It will be a busy day or two and if the fumes don't kill me than I should be ok ,... Man,..I could really screw this thing up in a heart beat ,... Oh well,..no guts no glory ,...and away I go !!!
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"No Guts, No Glory" is my favorite line from the old guy on Gold Rush. Most really nice furniture or art projects look a mess right up until they look great. Behind every great reef tank, there is a mess responsible for keeping everything alive.

I have seen a similar technique you are using in a home my friend owns in Austin. His wife is a really good interior decorator and pulls off remarkable things. She liked to stain concrete and polish it. She made what looked like a leather wall covering that was really made of brown paper sacks crumpled up. Imagination!
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:10 PM   #1695
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"No Guts, No Glory" is my favorite line from the old guy on Gold Rush. Most really nice furniture or art projects look a mess right up until they look great. Behind every great reef tank, there is a mess responsible for keeping everything alive.

I have seen a similar technique you are using in a home my friend owns in Austin. His wife is a really good interior decorator and pulls off remarkable things. She liked to stain concrete and polish it. She made what looked like a leather wall covering that was really made of brown paper sacks crumpled up. Imagination!
Well i spent the better part of the night applying a white stain base over the calico cat ugly stain which i had applied earlier... After a long early am dog walk with my dog scruffy i jumped in at 6am and started with the top stain coat which determines if you screwed it up or if you kick back and say whoa thats pretty cool.... Originally i was going to go with this steel wool vinegar and tea mixture to gray the wood but decided not to at the last minute because it was just too touchy and inconsistent on such a large project......for ME this has been one heck of a project and im glad the door ( actually ten of em) is closing.... Overall i like the way it came out., shes nice and lightly colored but it looks old and weathered.....ive got the fan blowing out the fumes and im off to run my errands for the day... Im not sure wether to seal if with a gloss or satin finish yet, but either way its gotta dry out first.
Ill take some pictures at a later date when shes finished completely but at this point im happy. With the results.
Its time for a nice frothy one !!!
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:51 PM   #1696
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Can't wait to see the pics. By the way, how's that skimmer workin? I'm guessing its settled in and pulling out some nasty skimmate.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:03 AM   #1697
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Can't wait to see the pics. By the way, how's that skimmer workin? I'm guessing its settled in and pulling out some nasty skimmate.
I tried taking a few pics but its like taking pictures of your tank with your led lights on ., its just not the real way it looks in person..,in the pictures everything looks so brown but its actually rather grayish beige looking with darker hi lites.. but like it or not., its done and i like it., my gf dropped by last nite and said old distressed driftwood would be an accurate description of the color and look. It looks a lot better sitting next to it with a beer than looking at the pictures.,in fact the more beer the better it looks
Yep the skimmer is kicking butt and and its like the popiel oven.., " set it and forget it" im really happy with it., it really pulls out a lot of crud and besides my led lights i bought a couple years back it's my favorite aquarium purchase to date.
Hows your broken tank issue coming along.? I really haven't had a whole lot of time here lately to catch up on things forum wise.
Do you have any upcoming plans for the orca ?
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:02 PM   #1698
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Wow the cabinet looks great! Coulda used your skills when I framed up my stand and lighting mount.
I had to acquire another tank as the crack made a new branch after holding water overnight. The new frag tank is still 6' x 3' but is only
10" high so its less water but same real estate pretty much. Ended up changing my sump too lol.
The orca plans have been put off indefinitely due to the acquisition of these over the last few weeks:
4 AI LED lights with controller
2 return pumps with GF wye check valves
Calcium reactor with solenoid regulator
Controllers
Dual reactor
Second frag tank :P
100 gal stock tank (sump)
100# dry reef rock
80# dry sand
Lots of hoses and fittings
Black egg crate diffuser
Sheesh.
Almost depressing listing it all. Ha. Just need another chiller and I am hopefully done. At least I picked up the ca reactor used and I already have another c skim 1800 on hand. Still longing for the orca though, I find myself periodically looking it up hehe.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:25 PM   #1699
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Wow the cabinet looks great! Coulda used your skills when I framed up my stand and lighting mount.
I had to acquire another tank as the crack made a new branch after holding water overnight. The new frag tank is still 6' x 3' but is only
10" high so its less water but same real estate pretty much. Ended up changing my sump too lol.
The orca plans have been put off indefinitely due to the acquisition of these over the last few weeks:
4 AI LED lights with controller
2 return pumps with GF wye check valves
Calcium reactor with solenoid regulator
Controllers
Dual reactor
Second frag tank :P
100 gal stock tank (sump)
100# dry reef rock
80# dry sand
Lots of hoses and fittings
Black egg crate diffuser
Sheesh.
Almost depressing listing it all. Ha. Just need another chiller and I am hopefully done. At least I picked up the ca reactor used and I already have another c skim 1800 on hand. Still longing for the orca though, I find myself periodically looking it up hehe.
Wow.... That's a lot of new toys !!!! All of that must have cost a ton of money but I know how things go with that ,... Don't worry keith ,Sooner or later that big ol'orca will arrive at your door step and your
Wife will give you " that " look when you are unwrapping all the bubble wrap,..she will probably not say anything but will stare at you for a moment and then leave the room ,more than likely shaking her head,..this also will not be the time to tell her that the vacation to Fiji may have to be put on the back burner because you've spent too much money on aquarium things. :-/
P.s. how's the doggie ?
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Lucky, new toys seems to come in waves ( no pun intended). If it didn't, this hobby would have bankrupted me long ago. But I sure enjoy it.
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