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Old 02-03-2014, 09:17 AM   #11
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+1 on the plywood for the canopy. Years ago I built one for a 55g and it had a plywood top (1/2" or 5/8") that was heavy, especially with four 48" lights mounted to it. I might have been able to get away with 1/3" plywood, idk. Thankfully the two ballasts were below the tank in the cabinet. I eventually split the top length wise and added a pair of hinges. This allowed access to the tank with out having to lift the entire top.
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Well I've been thinking about the canopy. Maybe ill split the 2x4s in half long ways so they are 1x4s and reduce the weight
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Or just get rough 3/4" stock? About the amount if material, I always like to have more just in case, it's better to return stuff at the end of the day than run out mid day and have to waste time in the truck(not that driving around in the click isn't sweet!)
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Well I've been thinking about the canopy. Maybe ill split the 2x4s in half long ways so they are 1x4s and reduce the weight

Instead of splitting them you could just get 1x3s or 1x4s. +1 on the other post about buying extra with the idea of returning the unused materials. If you plan your cuts carefully you can reduce what you use.
Do you know what type of lighting you will be using? If you are using LEDs you can really reduce the profile and weight of the canopy. At the time had to make room for BJB water proof end caps (4x48 watts). I think the they were T10 or T12s bulbs.
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Instead of splitting them you could just get 1x3s or 1x4s. +1 on the other post about buying extra with the idea of returning the unused materials. If you plan your cuts carefully you can reduce what you use.
Do you know what type of lighting you will be using? If you are using LEDs you can really reduce the profile and weight of the canopy. At the time had to make room for BJB water proof end caps (4x48 watts). I think the they were T10 or T12s bulbs.
That's what I was thinking was 1x4s instead. For the lighting I'm just gonna use the stock T8 for now. I have no plant plans for this one anytime soon
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Or just get rough 3/4" stock?
What exactly is that? I've never heard of it. I'm just a basic DIYer and this is my first attempt at something like this! I'm pretty excited about it though
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It's 1x3 or 4, it's just actually 3/4"
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It's 1x3 or 4, it's just actually 3/4"
Ahh okay so a bit thinner! My goal is to just make the top look exactly like the bottom so if that can remove weight then that will work. I'm also gonna use screws for this so the wood can't split either
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Ahh okay so a bit thinner! My goal is to just make the top look exactly like the bottom so if that can remove weight then that will work. I'm also gonna use screws for this so the wood can't split either
glue it, invest in a proper counter sink bit for the drill I'm hoping you have! Glue it! Screw it! Forget about it
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glue it, invest in a proper counter sink bit for the drill I'm hoping you have! Glue it! Screw it! Forget about it
Nooopppeee! I'm only 23 with a pregnant wife. I don't have money to have something laying around! What exactly is that?
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