3ft stand with wood finish

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  1. TroyFish

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    Hey guys

    Been at it the whole day trying get it finished!
    So far its only the stand, wood should be done by the weekend, hood by
    next weekend, but will see how it goes!


    Dimensions: 920(L)X330(W)X750(H) 25x25 steel square tubing.
    Finished off with some kind of steel protector paint.

    Will keep you posted on the progress:bigsmile:

    P.S Thanks to the guys who helped me with some ideas!

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    P.S.S Please excuse my MESS!
     
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  3. Vis

    Vis Gerhard

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    Hi Troy
    Planning to do the same with mine so will like to see the progress. can you also include some cost?
     
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    Looking good TroyFish ... Are you planing on adding a table top and/or just a Styrofoam sheet under the tank.

    Good days work ..

    Later Ferdie
     
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    TroyFish

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    9m tubing cut to size was R180 more or less.

    The rest of the materials i had lying around so cant really give a price on that.

    Hey Ferdie,

    Going to go with just Styrofoam. Don't have one for my 3ft at the moment though.

    All steel will be hidden when done....thats the plan
     
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    Vis Gerhard

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    I got a stand so thats Ok. Was thinking more in line with the wood works.
     
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    TroyFish

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    @Vis

    What type of wood are you going for?
    Was going to go with pine....but its a bit $$$ for me.

    Going to go with plywood (20mm) then finished off with a dark varnish.

    Its going to be the 2 sides, 2 doors, shelves, a slider and a single ply at the
    back to make it look neat. Not sure how on much i will be using so will only be
    able to give you a rough price when done.

    Edit: And the hood, not sure on design yet though
     
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    "Going to go with just Styrofoam" - that should be perfect .. stand and tank look well matched.

    You can use supawood 16 mm .. but need to make sure it is painted with something that will seal it. 2.4m x 1.8m x 16 mm is under R500.
     
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    TroyFish

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    Thanks man!
    Thought about using that, but just trying to stay on budget.
    But will see how it goes
     
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    Would also look at supawood painted or a melamien in a black or cherry finish.
     
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    looking good troyfish.

    Be careful with supawood... You'll have to seal it VERY well... Ideally with a polyurathene paint or epoxy.

    Melamine is chipboard... Not water friendly.

    Varnished pine will give you the best look. Varnished Merani or Cherry would look stunning. Ply would give you the closest to pine. So you on a good track there mate.
     
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    TroyFish

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    Thanks Zoom

    Yeah i agree with the chipboard and water.
    Plywood will work great, got everything worked out in my head but the doors and hood lol.

    Mind giving some advice on a layout or design?
     
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    Someone mentioned the other day that they use fiber cement boards. The type you get for drywalling and fascia boards. Sounds like a good, cheap idea to me.
     
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    The only problem with those things are if you hit it there is a hole :)

    Wonder if you can get those plastic boards that looks like wood.
     
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    Am i reading this right that u not going to put a top on the stand and just put the tank on top of a piece of foam directly on the metal stand?
     
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    Yip you reading correct. Stand has a cross bar.
     
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    Am i the only one that this this will end in a cracked tank? My thoughts are and i might be completely paranoid but here is goes , Your tank on just the metal stand will be supported my a very small surface area( thats if your welder is really good and we presume that the top is completely flat , which is really hard to get) and what i mean by this is that glass bends alot easier than people think and if you put weight on the part of the base that isnt being supported by anything you are increasing the pressure u put on the base of the glass in the area were the tank is supported.
    hmm i am having trouble putting thoughts into words today :)
    But basically what i am saying is that by putting a nice flat 16mm-20mm-board on top of the metal stand you are giving the base about 50 times more support that if you leave it as is and for a R60 piece of board is it not worth it avoid any risk?
    Just my thoughts :)
    Antony
     
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    TroyFish

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    I hear what you are saying. I thought about this long and hard. My 300l tank is the same way I'm doing my 100l.

    The 300l wasn't built by me, havent seen it in person filled (Still empty) but have seen pictures.
    Now that I think about it you could be right. I am not 100% sure about this as this is my 1st build
    The stands they sell at a LPS (have owned one) are build with corner steel, most of them. IMO that is not the way to go, provides minimum support for the sides a zero for the base!

    Someone that has build this type of stand or knows about it, could you possibly share your thoughts or personal experiences?

    Thanks
     
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    I haven't built a stand before... but reafer posts a very good point. Only having one cross beam is asking for trouble, especiaully if you have never built anything like this yourself before. I would consider putting a piece of shutterply under the tank. That's my personal opinion.
     
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    Think so too.

    On my way to go get my Wood. Not going to get them to cut it to size, not sure what i want done yet
     
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    Got my wood. Now to the drawing board!

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