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Old 07-12-2006, 04:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to have egg on my face if this project flops, but I plan to update this as I progress. My plan is to make a hood covering the entire top of this tankNote that there are no square corners on the tank or the stand, so a simple box hood would probably not look great.)



First: I made a template, using photo matting, which I already had. It looked like this:




Then I visited Home Depot and got an 8' long oak 1 x 4, an 8 foot length of oak quarter round, and a 2' x 4' piece of 1/4" thick oak plywood. Today I cut out the pieces for the frame of the hood. Note that the curved piece will be on the top, the sides are 1 x 4's, and 1/4" plywood will fill in the curved front and the top. I will assemble these using "finish" type stainless steel screws, in counter bores where they wont be hit when I round over the corners with a router. The parts laid out are:



Tomorrow, I hope to assemble the frame!!
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Looks pretty good. I'm no wood worker. But it looks like you got something good going there. Everything looks clean and good to go for your awesome Jebo tank. I assume you are gutting out your old AH kit from your old 29 gallon, and putting it in this hood?

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Looks pretty sweet!
Do you plan to add any cute little extras? fans, LEDs etc?
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I have a 3 inch fan that will go in one end, and the lights will be swapped from my 29 gallon tank hood. The hood will be cut in about half and hinged with a piano hinge so the front half will fold back and rest on the back half for maintenance and feeding. All of this with only powered hand tools - a skilsaw, a jigsaw, a hand drill, and a couple of sanders. Now that I live in a condo, my workshop is a memory only.
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I just finished glueing the four pieces that make up the "skeleton" of the hood, using ordinary "carpenter's glue", yellow glue. No screws used. There will be enough glue joints, with enough surface area to hold it all together permanently.
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Its looking nice Hoppy, looking professional too! Can't wait until its finished!
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I just finished glueing the four pieces that make up the "skeleton" of the hood, using ordinary "carpenter's glue", yellow glue. No screws used. There will be enough glue joints, with enough surface area to hold it all together permanently.
Nice collection of clamps!!

Hood looks good to.

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No woodworker in the history of mankind ever had too many clamps!! (I have several more!)
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No woodworker in the history of mankind ever had too many clamps!! (I have several more!)

Amen

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I just got the top glued in, and the vent fan installed. The first pic is just to show that you can make things among the clutter of a garage after a move to a smaller house (condo).
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