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Old 02-02-2014, 05:27 PM   #1
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DIY- 75g 2x4 stand!

So I'm a diy kinda guy and have envisioned a very nice pure 2x4 stand for my 75g tank. I know I should explain myself a bit more but I just don't know how so, ill just show you soon. The basic concept is a pure 2x4 look on the outside with a door or 2 with a nice gloss finish over it to hold the beauty of the natural wood. I'm not into staining wood, it kills the look for me but ill start this soon. Thoughts/ideas good or bad are always welcome! Pics coming soon after I square the cost away!
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When you use a product like pH down, nothing will happen until you consume all the buffer in the water. At that point a small amount can have a dramatic effect.
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Old 02-02-2014, 05:50 PM   #3
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Dude, you good??
Hey op! I am a finish carpenter by trade but do pretty much everything aside from electrical and plumbing, I would be psyched to consult if you need! I like stained hard woods, like oak or maple, pine looks awful stained; IMHO.
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Hey op! I am a finish carpenter by trade but do pretty much everything aside from electrical and plumbing, I would be psyched to consult if you need! I like stained hard woods, like oak or maple, pine looks awful stained; IMHO.
Yeah I wasn't gonna go with pine for the outside it does look pretty terrible. I was thinking a nice cedar or oak. I like cedar because it smells good and has a darker tone if you pick it right but what would you do here? I wanna corner all odd it so its nice and sharp!
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Yeah I wasn't gonna go with pine for the outside it does look pretty terrible. I was thinking a nice cedar or oak. I like cedar because it smells good and has a darker tone if you pick it right but what would you do here? I wanna corner all odd it so its nice and sharp!
cedar would be perfect for a Un-treated look, it is naturally resilient to rot and damp wood seeking bugs so under a tank would be fine with no sealer!
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cedar would be perfect for a Un-treated look, it is naturally resilient to rot and damp wood seeking bugs so under a tank would be fine with no sealer!
Yes that's very true and I could save myself hour of work! And cost might come out to be the same if not a little less without sealer. I just need to get some decent measurements and see how much wood I will need. The canopy is gonna be the tricky part but I'm gonna build it to have an inch overhang on the tank. I also wanna put the stock light I have km there which ill need to remove it from the plastic housing to do which is simple. I think ill need a router for that job to give it a neat finish. I also would like a door on the from of the canopy for easy access. I'm not good at making doors but with 2x4s it should be a bit more simple!
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While I'm pricing, I need a bit.of your expertise my friend. How many 2x4s will I need. They cost $7.47 each so I don't have much room for error. The tank is 48 1/2Lx18 1/2W. Each 2x4 is 4" long. I wanna make it 2 1/2 ft high for the stand so that will get me 3 pieces from each 2x4. I'm confusing myself thinking of this! So far with an open back and only the outsides as cedar I'm looking at 8 plus I'm gonna make a nice bottom brace out of cedar so that's another piece so 9 for the stand. On the insides of the stand I'm gonna do just pine because it won't be seen and its super cheap. Am I doing the math right?
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I think with the canopy it will be 1' high. This will give me 8 pieces from each 2x4 and at 20 inches wide that will be 5 pieces on each side and at 52 inches long it will be 13 pieces on the front so that totals to 33- 1ft pieces which is approximatly 5 more 2x4s. Now, I'm thinking about doing 2x4s as the too of the canopy. That will be 5 more 2x4s because it will be 52" long with the added wood. Now does it sound right?
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Where are you purchasing your stock? I would use plywood for the canopy, 2x4's are going to get heavy.. Fast..
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