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Old 02-03-2014, 08:31 PM   #21
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Cedar is too soft for any area that will see a lot of use and edges really bad about splintering when the get caught. I have used it on stands in the past but really low on ideal species in my book. I wouldn't use cedar for areas that would be prone to say get hit by a vacuum, chairs, etc.. you can basically dent cedar just by looking at it. I would also seal it, it won't look good in the long run if you don't. Inside with water drops and occasional accidents, dust, trying to wipe it off and yuck.

I like natural finish also but more into cherry or walnut. Veneered ply easy way to skin a 2x4 tank stand. I don't find plank construction as being appealing but that is definitely a personal preference.

If using that thick of wood for the canopy 1x2 will be fine for framing. I use 1x2 and skinned with 1/4 veneer ply to keep weight down.



I used cedar on the top for this stand and needs to have the edges worked over really good with a plane and sandpaper every so often if used in high traffic areas.

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Nooopppeee! I'm only 23 with a pregnant wife. I don't have money to have something laying around! What exactly is that?
Just a drill bit to make screws sit flush with the surface; $10..
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Nooopppeee! I'm only 23 with a pregnant wife. I don't have money to have something laying around! What exactly is that?
So a fish tank makes perfect sense.
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Cedar is too soft for any area that will see a lot of use and edges really bad about splintering when the get caught. I have used it on stands in the past but really low on ideal species in my book. I wouldn't use cedar for areas that would be prone to say get hit by a vacuum, chairs, etc.. you can basically dent cedar just by looking at it. I would also seal it, it won't look good in the long run if you don't. Inside with water drops and occasional accidents, dust, trying to wipe it off and yuck.

I like natural finish also but more into cherry or walnut. Veneered ply easy way to skin a 2x4 tank stand. I don't find plank construction as being appealing but that is definitely a personal preference.

If using that thick of wood for the canopy 1x2 will be fine for framing. I use 1x2 and skinned with 1/4 veneer ply to keep weight down.



I used cedar on the top for this stand and needs to have the edges worked over really good with a plane and sandpaper every so often if used in high traffic areas.
You sir should just come build mine! Mine looks way better in my dreams but reality is I suck at carpentry! But I'm gonna take my time maybe a week to do it all. I like the way yours looks alot! Extremely nice!
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So a fish tank makes perfect sense.
Wellllll yes. It's been Siting a few months so I wanna get it going! I got it for free so no out of pocket cost..... Yet.... I tell my wife things only cost this much and then say look its closer here but 50$ more do I win and get it!!!
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Cedar is too soft for any area that will see a lot of use and edges really bad about splintering when the get caught. I have used it on stands in the past but really low on ideal species in my book. I wouldn't use cedar for areas that would be prone to say get hit by a vacuum, chairs, etc.. you can basically dent cedar just by looking at it. I would also seal it, it won't look good in the long run if you don't. Inside with water drops and occasional accidents, dust, trying to wipe it off and yuck. I like natural finish also but more into cherry or walnut. Veneered ply easy way to skin a 2x4 tank stand. I don't find plank construction as being appealing but that is definitely a personal preference. If using that thick of wood for the canopy 1x2 will be fine for framing. I use 1x2 and skinned with 1/4 veneer ply to keep weight down. I used cedar on the top for this stand and needs to have the edges worked over really good with a plane and sandpaper every so often if used in high traffic areas.
sounds about right, than again the weathered, beaten cedar look is not awful, also op is on a budget and 1 sheet of veneer ply (cheapest 3/4 stain grade $30) and a quart of poly ($12-15) it adds up quick.
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sounds about right, than again the weathered, beaten cedar look is not awful, also op is on a budget and 1 sheet of veneer ply (cheapest 3/4 stain grade $30) and a quart of poly ($12-15) it adds up quick.
Yes I am! My budget is normally based on the whether! Whether I have money or not! Had to throw a joke in to lighten my mood! I'm only looking to spend tops 120$ to build the stand and canopy the 2x4 way so I may do a cheaper wood then with a sealed gloss look
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Yes I am! My budget is normally based on the whether! Whether I have money or not! Had to throw a joke in to lighten my mood! I'm only looking to spend tops 120$ to build the stand and canopy the 2x4 way so I may do a cheaper wood then with a sealed gloss look
hahhhh hahhhh, no, seriously, you can always build now.. Sand and seal later..
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hahhhh hahhhh, no, seriously, you can always build now.. Sand and seal later..
And will the cedar split with screws? Why do you always use wood glue with wood?
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And will the cedar split with screws? Why do you always use wood glue with wood?
not if you pre drill with counter sink, I don't glue cedar because it moves so much( shrinks and expands with moisture) I glue hard wood and pine, it bonds extremely well especially when used with nails or screws.
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