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Old 09-19-2011, 02:17 PM   #1
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55g canopy build

I'm going to build a canopy to match my stand for my tank. I've got the lumber supply list ready.

I'm curious, how is the lumber beveled? E.g. all the boards on my stand have rounded corners and the doors are made out of 1x4's side by side, but they are beveled to give a grooved appearance.

I'll update with pictures and stuff as I go along. But I wanted to ask that before I get started.
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I'm currently in the process of building a canopy also.. will be following
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:44 PM   #3
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Cool.. will be glad to hear your input as well.

I had some other plans for it but I want it to match the style of my stand. I'm going to build it 12" high so I can hang my t5 lights in there and get rid of the hideous legs on them.

For the back, I'm just going to put two 1x4 at the top, so it'll leave a 4" space at the bottom (for overflow box, return tubes, ventilation). Going to also have a hole out of the back for the light plugs.

Should be dead simple, but to get it to look exactly like my stand I'll have to figure out how to bevel the wood edges and get the exact same color of stain.
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Rounded corners are created with a router and the corresponding bit. There are also other bits you can use for different designs. If it's just a flat bevel, you can do that with a tablesaw.

Can't wait to follow this.
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:13 PM   #5
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Ah, I don't own a router. They are quite pricey too.. wasn't planning on that. So I guess I wait until I have the money for a router or do a build that doesn't match the stand exactly.

Not sure.

The stand is beveled like this:



Not quite flat. Any idea what kind of bit that looks like if I decide to wait and buy a router?
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Usually bits will have a picture of the design they cut
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Can't you rent one at home depot?
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Ah, not as bad I thought. $60 at lowes for the router and $20 for a rounded corner bit set.
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Alrighty going to round up my supplies and clean the workspace and finalize my plan.

Hope to post soon with some updates!
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:02 PM   #10
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I have the lumber

4 - 1x4's
4 - 1x2's
4 - 1x6's

Probably much more than I need.



I also got the top frame and bottom frame cut. This is actually my first time working with wood with power tools.. but I'm very pleased with how the cuts came out (even the angles!).

I just have to use the router on them to get the beveled look but I'm too tired to do that tonight. So I'll do it tomorrow and then assemble the top and bottom and post pictures!
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