Fluval accent 95l Stand diy

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    I'm no handy man but I need to build a stand for my fluval Accent (currently on a coffee table) and will be posting the progress here (which will be slow though, so be patient)

    Dimentions: 33.3cm (w) x 77. 5cm (L) X 51cm (h)

    I will be building it out of recycled pallets and hope to get a sturdy design.

    Step 1: stripping the pallets (I have more than I need though)

    I hope to post a rudimentary sketch of the plan soon. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Pallets are cool, how do you plan on assembling it? I would also sand and varnish the pallets with sealant to make sure that water does not warp and damage the stand in any way. Good luck! :)
     
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    OK so here's the plan, it's very rough (I've never been great at drawing plans)

    The fluval Accent tank takes 95l so it's safe to say it'll weigh over +100kg and I need this stand to be reliable.

    The entire sides will be made up of 9×9cm thick planks, screwed together using some 2.5cm thick planks

    There will be 1x 9×9cm in the centre front (can't put more since I hope to put doors there) the back will have 3x 9×9's

    The top will be made up of the 2.5cm planks, braced underneath with more 2.5cm, to avoid warping.

    The only thing I didn't draw was a shelf at the top third... My skills ended...

    My first step; stripping the pallets is almost done - well I've stripped enough to actually start on the project, but I'm waiting on payday to get a belt sander - in the mean time I'm on the hunt for someone with a planer (electric preferably) since a lot of these planks are already warped (Even the big old 9×9's)

    I really don't see myself sanding them into true!!! So anyone in the middelburg mp area give me a shout please!

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    A planer is a must if building something like this! And I recommend using an orbital sander over a belt sander, it is very easy to remove too much material with belts. I actually use one for bulk material removal on my utensils.
     
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    Orbital? I thought you want to sand wood along its grain?

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    Orbital sanders vibrate, so I you still work along the grain however you won't remove as much material as you would with a belt sander. If you find someone to help you plane the wood then I would definitely recommend a smaller hand sander than a belt.

    I use a belt for bulk removal of material, and an orbital sander for finishing
     
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