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Jason Baliban 05-28-2007 04:29 PM

Building ADA
Well some months ago I picked up an ADA 120H. Sadly, it sat on the floor in my office for almost 5 months before I got around to putting it together. When it finally came time to put it together, I needed to find a stand that would both fit the metric size of ADA as well as not take away from the sleek look of the tank. Really, the only solution that would accomplish both of those would be to get an ADA stand. Well, they are really pricey!!! ...not to mention shipping. So the next option was to build one. This is a brief account of the 40 hours it took me to build my ADA style stand over the last two weeks. I hope you enjoy.

I decided to cover the stand in formica. Here are the sheets of formica after I picked them up. ....rocking hard with the marshall cab!!!

The early stages of the build. Notice no front piece or hole in the dividing support.

Wood work is is putty, sand, and formica.

Puttied and the interior is stained.

This was the first piece of formica i ever glued and trimmed, so it was quite an accomplishment for me. I hope that you feel the same excitement just looking at the pic:D

Next was the back.

The front was slick....i cut out the trim from one solid piece. No seems!!

Ready for the last piece!!

Formica is complete on the body.

Drilling the holes for the wire/tubing portals. This was challenging.

The stand is complete!!!!

Lets add the tank!!!

Final Product!!

Final shot of the seams....for Erik (Troy McClure)

Hope you had as much fun looking as i did building!!

Oh, and my last tip...

Freshly routed Formica is very very sharp!!! My hands are completely messed up from the last two weeks.


yoink 05-28-2007 04:36 PM

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WOW, nice craftmanship. It looks to be worth the cut up hands.

Left Coast DJ 05-28-2007 04:53 PM

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Pimpin! Now I'm inspired too.


xcooperx 05-28-2007 05:52 PM

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how much it cost you?what are the materials you use? im debating if im gonna buy the ADA metal stand or just build a wooden stand ada look a like? its for my 90cm ADA tank

snickle 05-28-2007 05:54 PM

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Very nice.

Jason Baliban 05-28-2007 06:04 PM

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Thanks for sharing my excitement everyone:) I am really pumped with the way it turned out. Only towards the end did i really get sick of it. It was the doors....they were the most challenging and frustrating.

It cost me just over 300 in materials. There were some other costs in there for tools and things like that, but if you have them, there is no worries:)


-3 pieces of 3/4 higher grade plywood
-4 eurostyle hinges
-Contact cement
-Wood glue


-Cheap table saw
-Decent circular saw
-Laminate Router Bit
-Really crappy cordless drill


Jason Baliban 05-28-2007 06:17 PM

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There was some questions where i got the plastic grommets for the wire/tubing portals.

I got them here....


Troy McClure 05-28-2007 06:20 PM

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Thanks for the edge shot, J! I'm throwing this on here for future reference -


slickwillislim 05-28-2007 10:05 PM

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How close is the tank size compared to the top of the stand. It seems to me the thicker formica would force you to have a larger piece sticking out from the stand.

I tried to make an ADA stand myself but I painted it because I never thought of using formica. After having small pieces of the paint flake off because it sticks to my tubing I wish I had considered it.

Very well done. The plastic grommets are a nice touch and a great idea.

BTW: Are you going to be hanging your lights from the ceiling or attaching a light stand to the stand?

John P. 05-28-2007 10:09 PM

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Great work. I'm pretty close to finishing mine, too. Only been about a year! :)


Originally Posted by slickwillislim (Post 305606)
r having small pieces of the paint flake off because it sticks to my tubing I wish I had considered it.?

Did you prime first? Oil paint is the only way to go.

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