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Old 06-29-2011, 12:13 AM   #51
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That is good to hear. Do you think I should put poly on the inside as well as the outside? A little more protection from the inevitable water spill.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:17 AM   #52
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Totally up to you if your that messy with the water it will end up inside the stand lol just one coat would be fine
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:07 AM   #53
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I see how it's going to be.

Here is the current plan for the access doors on the top of the cabinet. Any suggestion or concerns about this? Tips on cutting out the doors?

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Old 06-29-2011, 01:30 AM   #54
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I guess I'm going to need to polish the top with some car polish I can still see brush strokes in it when I get the angle of the light just right.
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Looks good to me just remember the thinner you go the more likely to warp but it looks like a great plan
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Well the top is made of 3/4" birch plywood so I don't think the doors will have much chance of warping. Right now I'm just trying to figure out what the best method is going to be to cut them out. I want to use my jig saw but I'm not sure how to start the cut. I don't know if I have a drill bit small enough to start a hole for the jig saw blade without leaving little "dents" in the edges of the doors.
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Are the doors going to be inset or sitting on the top?
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I had hoped to make them sit flush with the top. It occurred to me that I'm going to have a fairly big chunk of the birch left over when I cut it length wise to get the top piece so I guess I can just cut the little top doors from the left over piece but the grain won't match. Therefore I can just drill a hole anywhere and not worry about it.

I also realized earlier that I stupidly miscalculated on the trim that is going around the edges of the top. The top is 8' long and I bought 8' long pieces of tirm. That means they aren't long enough to do the 45 degree angle cuts to join them at the corners. Have to figure something out there.
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You can get 12' lengths around here ask at your building supply store it might be in the warehouse if not put a 45 degree cut in the middle and join two pieces
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As for the top you might need something on the inside to stop the doors from dropping inside even with hinges it will sag in a little bit but I wouldn't worry about the grain matching too much it will be behind the tank anyways from what I understand from your blueprints
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