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Old 09-23-2011, 08:31 PM   #31
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Rofl I just looked at canopies on google images. most are like 6 inches high. Mine's like 18" high

i guess i'll have a unique looking tank loll
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Old 09-24-2011, 11:43 AM   #32
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Got the back on today. I purposely left space at the bottom for my return tubes and hob overflow box. Tomorrow I'll do the doors and the top. Tonight I'm going to do lots and lots of sanding to make things even.
If you're wanting to flush up the pieces on the front face for a "smooth" look, you can screw some pieces of wood vertically through the back of each piece of the horizontal front face. That should flush up the long edges of the front with each other to cut down on sanding.

That's a mouthful of nonsense but I'm hoping you understand.
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Old 09-24-2011, 01:32 PM   #33
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Yes, I understand what you're saying. That's the back so I don't really care what it looks like.. but, I'll probably do that anyways to give it some stability.
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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?
i do not know about your design because it doesnt appear to be strong enough. with a little modification you sould be good. the top and bottom frame are only attached by using screws and there is no wood between them. over time the weight of the tank can bend the screws and the tank would not be level. what you should do is cut wood and put between the top and bottom frame for proper support. just trying to help you out because i dont want you to have the stand up for a month and figure it has held up so far it will hold up forever and then sometime down the road you come home to fishes on the floor.
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Old 09-24-2011, 01:48 PM   #35
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The top and botom frames do not hold any weight in his set up. The tank sits on the vertical boards inside of the frames.
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Thanks for the concern. The tank is supported by 8 2x4 and the top and bottom frame is on the outside so I can have more of a "I" look to it.

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Well, no photos but I have the top and doors cut. Along with the lighting "brackets" on the inside.

Just have to use the router on the door wood, screw them together, and hinge them on. Then screw the top on. Then sand and then stain.

I'll post some pictures tomorrow when I get the doors on. I am out of screws.
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I'm definitely following you on this. Starting tomorrow I am building a canopy from scratch. But I am only going to create a heavily reinforced platform to attach to my current stand to add 4 inches in height. Yours looks amazing. Great job!
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Top on and doors built



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Old 09-29-2011, 09:36 AM   #40
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