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Old 04-25-2009, 10:35 PM   #11
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YEA I think you may need a 6 footer. I think a 3 you will not be able to reach the bottom of the tank.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:32 PM   #12
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Well finally got to get back to work.

I added trim, built some doors, install hinges, catches, and handles.

Next up? Staining, sealing, and moving that heavy aquarium into the house.

Anyone in the areas want to help?
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I'm going to post several pictures and descriptions about building the doors.
I built them with a circular saw, chop saw, brad nail gun, and a palm sander.
I thought it might help others build doors who are limited on tools.
I thought about ordering raised panel doors, but I wanted my stand to be sort of boring, so the aquarium will stand out more... if that makes any sense. Of course I still wanted it to look nice.


So.. here we go.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:38 PM   #13
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Here is a jig I built so that I can cut really straight lines with my circular saw.
Notice the saw is called a left handed saw, but it works much better for right handers.
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I built the doors one inch taller than the openings. And since there are two doors on each opening, I built each door only 1/2 inch wider than the opening... 1/2 +1/2 = 1

I used 3/4" plywood and then "wrapped" the edges in shoe molding. The shoe molding was 3/4" x 9/16" if I can remember correctly. The only important measurement is the one 3/4" side. It's slightly wider than the 3/4" plywood... (silly lumber measurements) but it works just fine.
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I cut a 45 degree angle on the shoe mold.
Then I set it in place and marked the other end with my pencil.
Then I cut the other 45. No need for a tape measure.
If it's not perfect.. don't worry. A little wood filler and sanding makes it come out just fine.


Next I glued and pin nailed the molding around the doors to make the plywood look like one solid piece of oak.
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I just continued the same process until I had all 4 doors built.

I forgot to mention... don't forget to take the size of the molding in account when figuring out the final size of the doors needed.
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Added some oak wood filler.
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I sanded the first door by hand... yikes! That made me miss my old palm sander.. So I took the 7 minute drive to Harbor Freight tools.

$30.00 dollars later I had 10 sheets of Velcro sand paper, (150 and 220 grit) an orbital palm sander, and 20 new drill bits.

The palm sander and sand paper were of much higher quality than I thought they would be, and I would recommend either/or for anyone who is just going to use the sander and sand paper around the house.

I sanded each door with 150 and then filled any spots that I had previously missed. Then I went over each door with 220. Nice and smooth and pretty.
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Time for hinges!
I set each hinge 2 1/2" from the top and bottom of each door.

I then marked the holes and predrilled each one (11/64" bit if I remember correctly), and then I installed the hinges)

Make sure to use the short screws that come with the hinges not the longer ones.... don't want the long ones poking through the front!
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I leveled the unit with loads of shims.
(The floor was part of an add-on to the house, and it dropped 1/2 over 6 feet.)
Next I screwed it to the studs in the wall and screwed the counter top down.

Finally I installed the doors and hardware.
Next weekend.. time for staining, sealing, and hopefully my aquarium on top!
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