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Old 09-20-2011, 10:32 PM   #11
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Can't wait to see it!
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:06 PM   #13
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Not gonna rush it! Though I'm tempted to, lol. The design is to match my stand which is set up like this.

The top and bottom are 1x4's for the front and sides and back
They are connected with a 1x6 at the left, middle, and right.
The space left inbetween is for two doors made out of vertical 1x4's placed side by side.
The sides are made out of vertical 1x6's.
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:51 PM   #14
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True, don't rush it. I've been working on my stand for the past week. A couple hours here and there. Here a few pic of what I've done so far.

Don't laugh as this is my first DIY with wood







My plan is to build the stand, setup the tank, start the fish less cycle and work on the canopy.
Will you be using any type of trims?
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Not gonna rush it! Though I'm tempted to, lol.
VERY good thinking. Many projects are ruined for just that reason.

Can't wait to see the finished product!

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Old 09-21-2011, 09:23 PM   #16
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Hey bumzc that's a very nice looking sturdy stand. Could probably park a truck on top of it!

I got my wood cut (even cut it length-wise to match my stand's dimensions exactly) and angled and the rounded corners cut with the router.

It was my first time working with a circular saw and router so I am very new to this.

Overall I'm pretty pleased though I will have to do a little fine sanding.




Then I screwed them together to form the top and bottom of the canopy. Screwing angled wood together is very very difficult. I think I did ok, but I'm going to have to hide a little bit with sanding and some wood putty.

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Wow.. Very Nice..can't wait to see the finish product.

I wanted to make my stand sturdy because they say it can weight over 500# for a 55 Gal tank.. didn't want any mishaps later on.
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Wow.. Very Nice..can't wait to see the finish product.

I wanted to make my stand sturdy because they say it can weight over 500# for a 55 Gal tank.. didn't want any mishaps later on.
Definitely. Saltwater is about 8.5 lbs per gallon, along with sand and rocks.
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:54 PM   #19
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I have the left, center, and right front pieces measured, cut, rounded, and notched.



And installed them on the top and bottom frames.



That's it for the front. The rest will be two doors. I may get around to the sides today but I'm not sure. Woodworking wears me out lol I think because I'm new and being way too careful with everything.
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