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    Aquarium stand for my son.

    A while back I posted a question about plans for an aquarium stand in the Designs, Plans, and Sketches forum. I received several great suggestions, and have since started putting the stand together. I'm making it out of 3/4" birch/maple plywood, with maple trim and door. The last picture is of the boards that I will be gluing up for the door. It's a tough project because I only have my son's measurements to gauge the size of the stand with . He wanted it taller than most stands available so that it can be seen from across the room. In any case, here are the pics. Thanks for looking!
    Last edited by Tom Pritchard; 02-26-2007 at 01:47 AM.

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    looking good so far Tom, looks to be a sturdy stand, which is good for an aquarium.

    do i see some figure in that maple for the doors?

    chris

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    Looking good AND solid!

    I thought you were building a router table...........what with the hole in the back.......What is that for

    Looks like you are doing a heck of a nice job, lucky boy you have there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    ...what with the hole in the back.......What is that for

    Looks like you are doing a heck of a nice job, lucky boy you have there!
    I'm betting the hole is for air hoses and power cords.

    Looking good, Tom. I like the curl in the top panel.
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    Air hoses etc..........?

    So the filters etc would all be in the cabinet?

    I guess things have changed since I had a little aquarium with everything on the top...?

    Can't wait to see the finished product!

    Cheers!
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    Tom, that stand is loking good. What are the diamensions of it? I would be carefull with a wooden top for the cabinet. The water splashing might warp the edges, just use a good water repellent finish on the top and inside if your filter is going in there.

    Stu, My air pump for the fish tanks is in the attic, but the filters, heaters and water pumps are under the cabinets. It helps keep it clean looking.

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    That looks like one solid cabinet. No trouble holding up the aquarium!
    Well done!
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    Looks great Tom - and nice looking shop too, love all that lighting. Looking forward to seeing the final piece!

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    Wow, thanks for all the replies and questions!

    Chris, yes the maple for the door has some pretty nice figure in it. I'm using an aneline dye from Lee Valley for the first time at my son's request for a finish, so we'll see how the figure pops out.

    Stuart, the hole in the back is for the power, air, and water lines that go from the filter and airpump on the shelf in the base up to the aquarium.

    Al, the stand is 30" high and 30 1/4" wide. With the 3/4" maple trim pieces around the base, it will be 14" deep and 31 3/4" wide at the base where it will sit on the floor. Someone mentioned having at least 14" of depth in the base for a more stable structure. (Thanks Al!)
    I plan on using a waterbased polyurethane (gloss or semi-gloss) for the finish, and the shelf that the tank sits on is melamine covered (no water penetration).

    Tim, thanks for noticing the shop lighting. I recently redid all the lighting in my shop to help my aging eyes be as accurate as possible!

    Thanks again for the comments everyone, I'll post more as I move ahead!

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    Hey Tom! Nice job with the documentary. It's looking really good at this point...looks strong too! The drain hole in the back is a nice touch!
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