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Old 07-28-2018, 09:55 PM   #1
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It's been a while since I tore down my 5ft planted. I always had intentions of doing another build but life got in the way and I have been slowly turning my plans into reality.

I enjoy documenting the progress of each build so I can easily see the tanks progression and have decided to play a little catch up.

Spring 2015

It started with a custom 48"x24"x18" rimless low iron tank ordered from Krakens Reef. It was a long time coming and got rejected by customs the first time because of wood shipping material.




Very impressed with the craftsmanship.



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November 2015

The start of the DIY stand

1x pine, using a biscuit jointer. Zero nails or screws will be used.



December 2015

Initial frame comming together, top is 1x6 and rest is 1x4.





January 2016 frame complete



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I love planted tanks with sumps, update more!
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September 2016
Bottom and top glued on

Outer part of the stand is made of 3/4" MDO.







Ripping an angle used to open the top of the doors. Having a right tilt table saw made it a challenge to do this safely without binding. Creating a sacrificial fence to bury the blade in and create an opening for the off cut worked very well.





Making a face frame without any joints. I just used a jigsaw with a straight edge for the final cut to get 90 degree corners.



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I chose soss hinges due to the 180 degree opening and being able to inset mount the doors. I looked for an euro hinge that would mount but came up empty without adding addition support to mount them.

Instead of buying an expensive jig I set my own up using clamps and a straight edge.


This had to be done to the face frame before I attached it to the stand.


Not that bad for a cheap router and plywood edges.



Next I flush trimmed the top of the stand


Test fit of face frame and doors with hinges installed before I glued it together.
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Looks awesome and some great work. Canít wait to see it all done. Check out my stand I built, itís similar too yours.
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Looks awesome and some great work. Canít wait to see it all done. Check out my stand I built, itís similar too yours.
Your's turned out great, I might have to copy the magnetic tool holder. I initially planned to do ADA style but ended up going Reef Savvy style.
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Your's turned out great, I might have to copy the magnetic tool holder. I initially planned to do ADA style but ended up going Reef Savvy style.


I got it at ikea for like $15. Itís for knives
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October 2016

Glued the face frame on and mounted the doors.







Quick test fit of the 20lbs CO2 tank with reg. Pretty snug...



Nowhere near enough long clamps so anything in sight went on top during the glue up of the remaining 3 sides....I bet those blankets really helped out alot...



Success! Fairly difficult glue up since all the seams were 45 degrees to get the seamless finish.

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November 2016

Flush trimmed the top, bottom, and corners of the stand. The MDO was pretty hard on the router bits.





Got to love plywood chip out..



Easy way to drill some angled holes for a light bar across the inside of the stand.





Major construction pretty much done aside from a few openings.





January 2017

Hole on the back for power cords, didn't take any pictures of the large side hole for plumbing.





Did I mention the cheap router..one bit wasn't so flush cut as it should be. Probably almost a 1/8" more than flush so it got filled in with Bondo.



Soss hinges don't have self closing (that fit at least) so I used rare earth magnets.





Needed more attraction so stepped it up a bunch and added some soft close bumpers.

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