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Old 03-17-2011, 09:03 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Sorry, I've been leaving ya'll hanging. Still working on the thing, and will update the little more I done so far with a couple more photos, maybe tonight.

The framing really didn't seem that heavy; kiln dried white-wood stud is actually light. Now if it was yellow pine studs...

When I added the plywood, that when it got HEAVY. Got tired of dragging it in and out of the garage at the end of the day and it been sitting on the driveway under a tarp in-between work sessions. A furniture dolly will be a necessarity to get into the house without breaking my back.

I think I'm a couple inches short of 5 feet, but a 90 gal at 5 feet length on top and a 40 gal at 4 feet length on bottom could have worked better. No 90 gallons included in the $-a-gallon sale that started this thing.

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Old 03-17-2011, 09:42 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Yeah, but when you become addicted and keep wanting more, you'll know that this stand will be able to hold up. Looking forward to the finished piece.
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Yeah, they reel you in with the $-per gallon smaller tanks and then when you are hooked on the hobby, then they get the big $ for the larger tanks. At least you know you'll have a stand for the bigger tanks if/when you move up.

Can't wait to see the finished piece.
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Yeah, they reel you in with the $-per gallon smaller tanks and then when you are hooked on the hobby, then they get the big $ for the larger tanks.
Amen, brother. There is zero doubt in my mind that $-Gallon-Tank sales generate profits for stores. They might be just breaking even or maybe taking a very small profit, but then the lights, the stand, the filter, the plants, the substrate, the fish, etc. still need to be purchased. And at some point you go up in size beyond the on-sale sizes. Just surprised Petland in Pensacola include 75'er. The hobbyists luckey enough to get $-Gallon sales reported on the internet normally max out with a 55 gallon size.
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Last weekend's work: adding the top shelf and trim.

Top constructed:


The top is basically a large frame. Poplar, of course, mitre corners, butt joints with pocket hole construct to hold together. Glue and screw. Use a Kreg Jr. jig for the holes. As you can see, it creates an open top that the tank conceals when it's in place.

Detail shot of three pocket holes in front board.


Top was glued onto the cabinet. Hoping I don't find this was a mistake later. Titebond wood glue is quite strong, but this cabinet is heavy and I know it going to get lifted by the top when moved.

Top clamped up.

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beautiful stand! looks really heavy.
Are you going to finish the poplar? I have built a few tank stands in my day, and I always do a poor job with the stain.
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Clamps off, edge is routed, and a angled cut stock used as trim under the top.

I was going to use more trim at the base of the legs, but got too discouraged on getting the pieces cut and installed correctly. So, stopped that, declared victory and did some final sanding in prep for stain and varnish.

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Closer look at the top edge and trim underneath:


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Forgot a back view for the earlier construction:


On the back, I attached using coarse thread drywall screws. I like the wide heads of drywall screws, but they aren't as strong as deck screws, I wouldn't advise using these drywall screw in place of the stainless screw deck screws for use on the 2x4 framing.

Just need to cut a slot in the back for equipment pass-thru, stain, and varnish. Did a coat of oil stain yesterday. That seem to take a couple of hours and I was wishing I had some spray equipment and knew how to use it. Could have made the job a bit quicker. Too dark for any photos when I finished the stain, so that will be posted later.
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Are you going to finish the poplar? I have built a few tank stands in my day, and I always do a poor job with the stain.
Got Miniwax Gunstock oil stain for a reddish brown color. Then a top coat of polyurthane. The finishing steps are make or break on just about every wood project. I sometimes get lucky and the results are good.

A lot of the problems with stains come down to the wood and how soft, open pore areas soak up lots and hard, closed pore area don't. I haven't figured out the best way to control that. Still learning.

I have started doing clear finishes without stain on some projects. Gone back to shellac, as well. It give a nice blonde finish over pine and poplar when you use the clear shellac. Love the quick dry time of shellac.
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First look of the stained stand in the morning light:





I can see a number of small spots to touch up.
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A lot of the problems with stains come down to the wood and how soft, open pore areas soak up lots and hard, closed pore area don't. I haven't figured out the best way to control that. Still learning.
Amen. I've been building furniture on the side for about 6 years now and this is by far the worst part of the project. It's extremely time consuming and it can be so touchy. There was one suggestion that was given to me, but I've been to hesitant to try it. Pending the type of wood (usually soft wood, not your nice grained hard woods), I was told to put a light coat of clear non-gloss poly down first. This would help seal some of the pours so as to more evenly coat the project. I see where this could work and where it could be a bigger problem if you were very even with you coverage.

In any event, I love framing of the top with the molding style routed edge. The poplar facing stained up well and the openness of the cabinet is very inviting. I'm curious to see it with the tank and all of the equipment in there. Are you planning on a door or anything? Could look really nice with a framed out door that just pressure fits in the opening if it's to cluttered. A+ all the way around though.

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