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Old 03/11/2008, 10:01 PM   #1
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My 60 Gal cube and custom stand and canopy!! Lots of DIY, and lots of pics!!

Hello all,
This has been a long road so far, but I think I am ready to start a build thread.

I will be putting together a 60 Gal cube system. I am having the tank professionally built, but pretty much everything else I will try and make/build myself.

I am camera happy and documented everything I have done so far, so pictures will be plentiful. Like most people, I am definitely on a budget, and will try to save money when I can, but I am not going to cheap out.

Please bare with me as this still may take a while, but I will update as often as I can.

The stand is 24"W X 30"D X 42"H, it was made out of a 2 X 4 skeleton, and faced with red oak. Anything that is visible, and some things not visible, will be red oak.

Here is the beginning of the stand:














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Old 03/11/2008, 10:16 PM   #2
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So on the inside of the stand, I didn't want to look in and see 2 X 4's. I had some 1/8" veneer, so I cut and ripped some strips to face the 2 X 4's.







I glued and nailed all the pieces in place. Titebond II glue and a pneumatic brad nailer.


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Old 03/11/2008, 10:30 PM   #3
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Well, after doing that, I decided I didn't like looking at the seams on the corners of the veneer facing.

So, I said to my self, "self, you really should do something about this". So I did.

Took a 2 X 4




I made some practice cuts on the right, and the actual cuts on the left.



This is my buddy Brian, routing the notch out. Brian was a HUGE help with this build. Thanks bud.



Adjusting the table saw.



And viola, home made corner pieces. Cost less than a dollar to make.



And this is the 2 X 4 afterward.




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Old 03/11/2008, 10:33 PM   #4
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Leif - you can't stop there!???


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Old 03/11/2008, 10:40 PM   #5
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I'm waiting for photobucket to load.

Jeopardy tune playing.........

Stay tuned!!


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Old 03/11/2008, 10:43 PM   #6
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i need a step by step on the corner moulding...lookin good!


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Old 03/11/2008, 10:44 PM   #7
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Ok, skeleton built and level. I was pretty happy with the buid.
Now time to caulk and seal it.














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Old 03/11/2008, 10:56 PM   #8
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On goes the paint.

I used this:



In case you were wondering, yes I am the REALLY good lookin guy in the photo



Here is Brian again, smoothing out brush stroke marks.



Done





And the top



It dries to a satin finish.

Thanks for looking.

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Lots more to come.


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Old 03/11/2008, 11:07 PM   #9
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leebo_28, I decided on the size. Set the 1/4" straight router bit to appropriate height. Made the cuts. Set the table saw to appropriate width, and just a little high. Made the cut, flipped it over made second cut. DONE!! woohoo $1 corner trim, and I didn't even have to leave the house.

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Old 03/11/2008, 11:39 PM   #10
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Now for the oak facing.
Clamping the pieces.





Constructing the three sides together. For this I of coarse glued, and used a Kreg tool.





And sliding it in place, fits like a glove, like it was made for it








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Old 03/11/2008, 11:44 PM   #11
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Nailin er down





Bottom shot



Some filler pieces



Done!!
Front left




Back right




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Old 03/11/2008, 11:46 PM   #12
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Hey man, gotta sweet setup coming along! Cant wait to see more pics


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Old 03/11/2008, 11:54 PM   #13
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Quote:
Originally posted by spleify
leebo_28, I decided on the size. Set the 1/4" straight router bit to appropriate height. Made the cuts. Set the table saw to appropriate width, and just a little high. Made the cut, flipped it over made second cut. DONE!! woohoo $1 corner trim, and I didn't even have to leave the house.

HTH

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Thanks for sharing this with me...I just finished painting a basement for a relative, and they couldn't afford fancy baseboard.I think if I thicken those corners up a bit they would resemble cove trim ,and dress up the 1x4's they put in for base(cheaply).
thanks again..lee


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Old 03/11/2008, 11:59 PM   #14
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Forget the STAND! I want the GARAGE!


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Old 03/12/2008, 12:04 AM   #15
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sweet man! coming along nicely. actually setting up a new 150 gal. myself


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Old 03/12/2008, 12:06 AM   #16
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No problen leebo_28, I hope you can help out the relatives.

Thanks rppvt, That's our wood shop we put together over at my buddy Brians house. We both wanted a wood shop, and he had some things and I had some things. So we combined what we had and went and got some other stuff together and split the costs. Works out great!!

Thanks Robgixxer, how is your build going?


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Old 03/12/2008, 01:37 AM   #17
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you paint your fish tank stand before you paint your 'wood shop'

lol nice man!!!


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Old 03/12/2008, 02:08 PM   #18
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Old 03/12/2008, 06:45 PM   #19
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Ok, so on to the doors. I used a router kit from Rockler woodworking tools to cut the joints for the doors.

Here goes:


All the pieces got routed long ways.







I clamped each set together and cut them to length.



You can see the window in the back ground behind me, we put that in a couple weeks ago. We would work so long out in the shop, and go outside it was pitch black out and we would never know. It's great now, and tons more natural light.



Here is a great fence we made to make routing the ends much easier.




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Old 03/12/2008, 06:49 PM   #20
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Dry fitting the frames.







After this, I cut the center panels, glued all joints and clamped them all together.


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Old 03/12/2008, 07:18 PM   #21
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Alright, so I got the stand home, and started to slack on the photos. I sanded everything down with 180 grit to smooth and even everything out, then followed that up with 320.

This is the stain I used on it, great stuff.



This is the putty i used



Here is the stand with 2 coats of stain on it





And the doors






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Old 03/12/2008, 07:23 PM   #22
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Here it is with 4 coats of stain on it.














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Old 03/12/2008, 07:27 PM   #23
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Old 03/12/2008, 08:01 PM   #24
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Ok, all masked up and ready for clear.







I sprayed the first coat of clear, then lightly sanded it all down with 320 grit and 0000 steel wool. Then recoated.

Here it is with 2 coats of clear.












The back of the doors after recoating




Right now the doors are sitting with 3 coats on them, I will sand one more time then put one final caot on, for a total of 4. I let each coat set for at least 2 days in between.


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Wow amazing woodworking skills there. Looks great so far.


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