Originally Posted by jsoong
That would mean your frame is loose or bowed (loose joint, crooked wood?) & the tank is structurally straightening it.
5-7 coats of polyurathane will do the trick as well. <That is what I have on my stand.>
Yes, it is a joy to do wood working with good tool .... but you can do good work with basic hand tools. <Takes a lot more time & skill.> you can do a lot with just a router. The trick is to build jigs to guide the router in all the cuts, and take shallow cuts with good quality bits. The most important wood working "tool" is actually a good sturdy table or other surface to work on, and lots of clamps to hold down your work & jigs.
I ended up rebuilding the frame. I also didn't like it at all. It's now all square and good, and the tank fits in just right, not too tight, not too loose. I don't know why, but I have a weird "cheap" mentality when I'm working with cheap materials. For example, the wood to build the frame was $1.37. The acrylic for the tank was $30. So I spent about a day and a half on the acrylic, and half a day on the frame. So, I slowed down and built the frame right this time.
I'm also going to use polyurethane on the frame. I knew, in my mind, that I had to seal it, I was just hoping someone would tell me otherwise...
And I thought I had a router at home (I'm in college) but apparently my dad broke it. I wasn't too happy...
I do have nice bits, and was planning on using them, but of course I couldn't. Also, apparently we don't have one level surface in my house (besides the kitchen counter.) Also makes me angry...
Whenever I eventually build my house, I'm going to have a nice workshop for woodworking, metalworking, and just about any other working you can think of. Maybe I'll make a garage with a basement... garage for workin on the cars, basement for fabricating everything else. Wow I'm off topic.
Anyway, thanks for the support.
Here's a pic of the mini "sump" that fits in the back. (most of everything here is mocked in, so the fit is a little off)
EDIT: Forgot the pic.