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Old 07-12-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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New marine tank stand build

Hi all just wanted to say hi, and show what I've been working on for the last week I'm really pleased with it but struggling to make up my mind on how to finish it... Hope you like any suggestions welcome

I've also built some custom LEDs too but just waiting for light box to dry before fitting
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:48 PM   #2
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That's looks really good and classy. I've recently Decided to buy a 29 gallon tank and needing to build a stand. Do you mind of I ask how you built that?
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:22 PM   #3
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Yea no probs, it's pretty simple really, you just need to make a frame, most people use 2x2 but I used 2x1 as its not a super sized tank. Once frame work done ensure its sturdy, I made sure that each piece is supported by another if that makes sense. I have pics I'll try and add later.

Next I skinned the frame with 9mm mdf, I know a lot of people are probably going to advise against that but as long as its all sealed, prime and painted correctly there shouldnt be any issues.
Once a face of mdf was in place "using 1 1/2 inch wood screws-piloted holes and counter sunk" I cut the skirting and detail edging doing mitre cuts to make it look a little smoother.

Then once all in place all sealed to prevent absorption of paint and water, then under coated with primer and painted black satin.

This was done on every piece of wood used.

I also made a hood with a built in light box see the pics attached. All leds where made by self also, saving me a fortune. Again people will have views on what's right and wrong but I know what I've created and know it will work fine.

That's all there is too it really....my biggest piece of advice is when painting priming etc read the instructions on the can/ tin and follow exactly for best results....

Hope you like to hood and lights. Unfortunately can't have it all built together at the min as parts are still drying
Sorry for the long post. Got carried away lol
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:04 PM   #4
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Yea no probs, it's pretty simple really, you just need to make a frame, most people use 2x2 but I used 2x1 as its not a super sized tank. Once frame work done ensure its sturdy, I made sure that each piece is supported by another if that makes sense. I have pics I'll try and add later.

Next I skinned the frame with 9mm mdf, I know a lot of people are probably going to advise against that but as long as its all sealed, prime and painted correctly there shouldnt be any issues.
Once a face of mdf was in place "using 1 1/2 inch wood screws-piloted holes and counter sunk" I cut the skirting and detail edging doing mitre cuts to make it look a little smoother.

Then once all in place all sealed to prevent absorption of paint and water, then under coated with primer and painted black satin.

This was done on every piece of wood used.

I also made a hood with a built in light box see the pics attached. All leds where made by self also, saving me a fortune. Again people will have views on what's right and wrong but I know what I've created and know it will work fine.

That's all there is too it really....my biggest piece of advice is when painting priming etc read the instructions on the can/ tin and follow exactly for best results....

Hope you like to hood and lights. Unfortunately can't have it all built together at the min as parts are still drying
Sorry for the long post. Got carried away lol
Ok sweet I'm about to go to home depo tommorow. And figure out what I'm gonna make tonight. Hopefully it will go smoothly
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:09 AM   #5
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Just another quick photo, the canopy is finished so it's one, I think it's wrapped a little due to no centre supports however its nice and snug just waiting for the light box to dry then that can go on too...
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So it's almost ready for fish, it's on it's 2nd day of cycling so still. Little cloudy however I'm more than happy with it all the lights are brilliant and to say I've built it all my self is such a great feeling. Best of ll no leaks lol. The led's give such a brilliant shimmer in the tank and on my ceiling it's fantastic and really is relaxing in a strange way.
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