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Old 06-14-2003, 05:03 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Well, I finally got the canopy started. The framing is about 80% done! I knew the limitations I had to deal with and realized when the lids are moved that 18" is truely the maximum height. At no tiome can the canopy exceed 18" while the lids are moving. Well, I'm happy to say that the lids barely break 17".

I still havn't verified the ceiling height, but I should be able to do that tommorrow.

Now, onto the pics.

1: I knew what the basic concept of the frame was going to be reagardless of how the lids open, so I started putting it together. The first images is just four pieces of 2x4 tied together. Not much here yet.


2: I put the first lid on. The lid you see in this pic is at the back of the canopy. The two little pieces of 2x4 that were added are only there to help prevent light from esacping and lighting the ceiling.


3: Well, pic 2 is what helped me realize how the lids have to be designed to move around. it hit me like a ton of bricks when I figured it out. Actualy building the canopy up to the state that image 2 shows was of great benefit as I took some of the hinges and started playing with ideas. Anyways, here's another pic of the construction progress.


4&5: The following two images shows the framework at about 80%. As far as how the lids operate, you get to see 100% of the solution. The mid and front lids fold onto eachother and move to over the top of the back lid. The little pieces of 2x4 serve 2 purposes. One is that they help hold the hinges better. And secondly (the true reason for them), they will allow for the lighting ballasts (electronics) to be placed on top of the lids, while still allowing you to fold the front lid back on top of the middle lid. The lids still need a little bit of work, but the mechanics beind there operation is obvious. Image 5 shows the middle and front lids folded back as to allow me to maintain the tank once I get it set up.



When the front two lids are folded up, About 2/3 of the top of the tank is open to give me room for maintenance.

As a sidenote, I ordered my lighting from AH Supply today 7x55 watts + 2x13 watts(for moonlight)

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Old 06-17-2003, 01:20 AM   #22 (permalink)
 
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Three new pics for your viewing pleasure.

The first is a new image of the canopy, with the sides attached.


The second image shows the front of the canopy attached. This is not screwed to the rest of the canopy, but is instead removable. One can not notice from the image, but an effort was made to make the front piece light weight.


The third picture shows the canopy front with some of the moulding propped up into place to show what the eventual look is going to be. The irony is that the moulding about doubles the lumber costs for the project. I'll add moulding to the materials section of the first post soon so one can see the impact on cost. The 2x4s used as spacers will be replaced with moulding. Look, no more screw holes!


PS: My lights from AH Supply shipped on Monday and should get to my house on Wednesday or Thursday! I don't plan on installing them until the stain/finish is done, but I will lay them out to verify that they will fit into the canopy as expected.

I should have the stain on by the end of the weekend.

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Old 06-17-2003, 02:21 AM   #23 (permalink)
 
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It looks awesome.
The moulding costs but I think you'll enjoy the finished appearance ten times more. Its the difference between a function stand like mine and a fine piece of furniture.

I have to be careful. If yours come out too nice I may have to finish mine

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Old 06-17-2003, 03:04 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Old 06-21-2003, 03:08 PM   #25 (permalink)
 
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Well, I finally got the image of my stained canopy and stand up. The canopy looks darker than the stand in the image for some reason. It's just an illusion of shadows. It actually can throw you off when look at it in person, but upon close inspection, the coloration is actually the same.


I've also stained all of the trim. I might post an image of the stained trim next to the stand/canopy as to show the striking difference in color between the two. The trim is actually darker in color and that was the desired effect. I'm glad it ended up the way it did. It's still the same color, just much darker. The trim is made out of pine, while the canopy/stand is made out of birch. The pine soaks the stain up much faster, thus the darker coloration(I think). For both materials, I didn't let the stain soak up for very long. It was pretty much apply then wipe the excess off.

Actually, I'll probably try getting that comparitive image up on Monday.

Also, I'm using Rosewood stain. When I get the polyeurothane on, I'll be using satin clear coat.

After Monday'ss image posting, it might be a while before I add more images. All that's really left to do is get the doors ready to go. The doors are actually going to be removable (no hinges). I'll just be using springs to hold them in place and a have a small knob or handle at the top to pull them off.

My fiance's mother stopped by the house today and got a kick out of the size of the stand. She's actually excited to see it get set up. She's more of a fan of reptiles though. She'll be going with me to the White Plains Reptile Show to pick up the tank along with my wife (currently my fiance). Wait till she see the filtaration/CO2/heating system

OK, I'm rambling.

Take Care,
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Old 06-21-2003, 03:15 PM   #26 (permalink)
 
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Also, anyone that has never stained wood before...

It's been about 15 years since I've stained wood. It's actually rather easy to do and a novice can do it. Do not be intimidated by it if you've never done it before. The most important thing to remember. Keep your oily rags in an air tight metal container. They are self combustable! I won't get into how to do the staining at this time, but if asked, I'll give a brief procedure of what I did.

DISCLAIMER: I will no be responsible if your house burns down due to oily rags!

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Old 06-22-2003, 06:37 PM   #27 (permalink)
 
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by kherman:
Keep your oily rags in an air tight metal container. They are self combustable!
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Sounds like a man speaking from experience, hehe.

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Self combustable? Are you sure? You mean you could be staining your tank hood and all of a sudden the rag with stain on it could burst into flames on it's own? No wonder they cost so much!

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Yes, hydrocarbon soaked rags can self-heat and combust. It usually won't happen if there is just one rag spread out flat, more like several rags wadded together.

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Please post more pics kherman, now you got me hooked on the whole project!!!!

nice looking DIY stand and canopy design
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