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Old 07-25-2010, 11:52 AM   #91
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Now I began to attach the panels to the frame. Glue and finish nail.





I added a door to the top of the hood so I would have some access without taking the hood off.




I had a nice oil rubbed bronze door pull that I never used - thought this might be a nice concealed handle for the hood door. I used a router to cut the recesses required for the handle.




I added a piece of trip so the shape was not so boxy. I mitered the corners.

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Then I got to work with the wire brush... Ugh - what a pain that was. Takes a lot of time even with power tools. But the finish looks really good and after I oil this it will look great. Here is the corner after brushing the wood.




Here is that handle and how it will look. I will screw it in after I oil and put poly on everything. You can also see the texture of the wood in these photos.




A profile photo taken from the back. I have about a 1 1/8" lip that will overhang the edge of the tank to conceal the water line.



I hated to do it, but had to cut some vent holes into the side where the fans will keep the lights cool.



And it is all done and ready for oil.. I hope to get back to working on the stand tomorrow afternoon.

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Old 07-25-2010, 07:03 PM   #93
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Really looks great man. Keep up the good work!
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It does...great job. I was showing my Dad your thread last night. He'll be helping me with the framing on my build and I was trying to explain what I would need. Your thread and Greens was a big help
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The other fir I was waiting for finally showed up... It was wire brushed but the texture is not heavy enough so I will have to wire brush it some more.

I put the 2x6 top pieces together with 5 biscuits between each, glued and clamped it for 24 hours. I have to texture it and shape the edges still.


Then I cut and put the end panels together glued, biscuited and clamped... I will still need to cut to fit.



Next I was anxious to start on the doors.. I also wanted to have the doors built before starting the front panels on each side of the doors. I have never built any type of cabinet door before but wanted to copy the doors on our entertainment center so I figured I would give it a try. I don't have a shaper or any tools beyond a table saw, chop saw etc... so....

First I cut out the door frame.. then cut a notch or dado into one side of each of the four pieces. Then I put together the panels that will go into the frame. Here are all the pieces.



Here is the notch into the frame.
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Then I took the panels and cut a tongue into the edges.



Here is the door put together prior to any shaping. If you look close you can see small holes at the bottom of the door where the sides meet the bottom... I ran that dado all the way though and decided to put a spline into that space when I glue it all together.


Then using a belt sander I shaped the edges.


Finished door prior to glueing


Thats it for now... more of a wood working project than anything at the moment... I think I will be adding water next week though!
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WoOt! That's awesome. Can't wait
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:12 AM   #98
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^ Thanks.

Brown Santa came by today with my lights and skimmer...

Pair of 24" T5 lights for the sump.


Nova Extreme 48" T5 HO light fixture


Octopus 160 Extreme Skimmer


Had a couple hours to work so I mounted a the heavy duty power strip I bought to the back panel.


I glued and clamped the doors I made and then textured and sanded the stand top.

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Looking good as always haha. That's a really cool idea with the mounted power strip. Congrats on the lighting
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You should really have a GFCI strip in there, the last thing you want is that beautiful stand to catch on fire. 8 bulb fixture? Verryy nice. Looks amazing, I can't wait to see this tank if the inside looks as good as the outside.
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