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Old 07-29-2014, 07:02 AM   #11
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Dimensions from inside rim:

6 sides, each 8-3/4"

15-1/4" across

20-1/2" from top to bottom of tank.

Lights currently sit about 3" above tank on plate glass.

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So, here is your cut list:

6 - rectangles 8.75 inch x 1 inch (these will be what holds the hood in place by being positioned on the outside of the tank)

2 - isosceles trapezoids with a 15.25 inch long base, a 8.75 inch short base, and 8.75 inch sides (the "base" are the parallel sides of the trapezoid)

2 - rectangles 1 inch x 10 inches

You will also need wood glue and silicon. You can use silicon instead of wood glue but make sure you apply it generously if you do.

Steps:

1. Place your trapezoids on the ground and wood glue the 8.75 inch long rectangles to the 8.75 inch sides and bases of the trapezoids. Let that cure (12-24 hours).
2. Once done, silicon the gaps on the edges. Smooth with finger and let that cure (2-4 hours)
3. Scrape off excess silicon.
4. Position the trapezoids with the 15.25 inch bases, 8.75 inches away from each other.
5. Glue the 10 inch rectangles to the trapezoids to form a bridge. Do so as close as possible to the side for optimal space for lighting.

Good luck with the DIY hood!
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Don't use silicone instead of wood glue... it won't take stain/finish.. you'll need a miter saw for those cuts and clamps or a finish nailer.. hand nailing is an option too but a pita.. I'd take a piece of cardboard and lay it atop the tank and trace it. This will be your template for ply and short points of cuts. When I have complicated angles and cuts I try to trace or scribe as much as pissible.. not that i dont use tape measures, it just simplifies everything to scribe.. YouTube should offer some good tutorials on basic carpentry as well.. feel free to post pics for comments along the way..

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Thanks guys for all your help! I will post pics as I start building this


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Any time.

I agree with the cardboard tracing thing, especially since a hexagon can be a rather difficult shape to achieve.
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So instead of doing the hood first. I thought it would be easier and more important to do the stand first.

Here is link to stand build if you would like to follow


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