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DIY plywood tank and stand started

Postby swrighty747 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:00 am

hey today i started my 100 gallon plywwod aquarium. I have the ply wood all cut to size and finshed cutting up the timber for the stand to day. I am going to try and do this for as cheap as i can as im only 14 but but i still want it to be good quality. the ply wood cost me $150 and the timber for the stand i got for free so so far it has been preety cheap. im going to use pond sealer to waterproff it and thats only $60 and the glass i can get off my dads mate for $20 so i dont think the whole cost wont be all that much. i have only cut up the plywood and timber up and hopfully will start putting to gether the stand this weekend.
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This is my plywood ( im using form ply and there is also the off cuts in the photo)
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this is the timber i got for the stand the timber is wet as i had to clean it. dont mind cleaning it if its free :)
i will hopfully put pictures of the stand on by the end of the week end :)
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Re: DIY plywood tank and stand started

Postby fusion » Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:55 am

Interesting,
careful those timbers dont warp as they dry out

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Re: DIY plywood tank and stand started

Postby Floridagirl » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:41 am

I'm looking forward to see how this turns out!
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Re: DIY plywood tank and stand started

Postby swrighty747 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:38 am

hi all, thought i would put a few pics of the stands on as i got a fair bit done over the weekend. i have got all the frame together and just have to clean it up and give it a sand and make the doors and side.thankfully the timber didnt warp but i didnt soak it i just scrubed it with a brush and water.
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so far the stand has cost me only $13. $10 for screws and $3 for the glue. i am going to paint the frame of the stand black and the doors are going to be old fence palings that i got from the dip for free :)
i also got the front of the tank cut out with the jig saw and cleaned it up.
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hopfully i will get the tank together this week and also have the stand frame painted.
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Re: DIY plywood tank and stand started

Postby Floridagirl » Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:04 am

I'd add bracing along the back as well, for extra stability.
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Re: DIY plywood tank and stand started

Postby swrighty747 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:56 pm

Floridagirl wrote:I'd add bracing along the back as well, for extra stability.

I did the back the same as the front but I wanted to take a photo before it started getting dark lol
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Re: DIY plywood tank and stand started

Postby Floridagirl » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:28 pm

swrighty747 wrote:
Floridagirl wrote:I'd add bracing along the back as well, for extra stability.

I did the back the same as the front but I wanted to take a photo before it started getting dark lol



I just don't want anyone to flood their house like I have recently..lol
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Re: DIY plywood tank and stand started

Postby swrighty747 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:33 am

Floridagirl wrote:
swrighty747 wrote:
Floridagirl wrote:I'd add bracing along the back as well, for extra stability.

I did the back the same as the front but I wanted to take a photo before it started getting dark lol



I just don't want anyone to flood their house like I have recently..lol


Haha thanks don't think mum and dad would be very happy if that happened lol :)
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Re: DIY plywood tank and stand started

Postby swrighty747 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:59 am

hey, got the doors and the sides done for the stand today. i just used one of the off cuts from the plywoood, used for the tank and cut it in two the two doors and then just used liquid nails to glue the fence pailings in how i wanted them.
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(I havent put them on yet because i still have to paint the stand but they do fit :) )
for the sides i have used fence pailings again and i am just going to liquid nail them straight on (like below in the pic) once i finshed painting
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Re: DIY plywood tank and stand started

Postby lilscoots » Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:14 am

I like it, I would almost want to just set the thing in the sun for a few months let it get all bleached out and leave it be so i looks like something that washed up. Nice work it looks great.
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Re: DIY plywood tank and stand started

Postby rotccapt » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:08 pm

i agree i think it looks cool the way it is if anything put a matt clear on it to seal the wood but i think it would look awesome with the distressed wood look
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Re: DIY plywood tank and stand started

Postby Storiwyr » Tue Aug 07, 2012 3:22 pm

rotccapt wrote:i agree i think it looks cool the way it is if anything put a matt clear on it to seal the wood but i think it would look awesome with the distressed wood look


I think so too, I love that wood!
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Re: DIY plywood tank and stand started

Postby swrighty747 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:33 am

hey thanks for the sugestions for the stand i have decited that i am going to do the frame black and just leave the doors and side as they are. i finished sanding the tank earlier this week and have now done my 3 coats of undercoat and have done one coat of the black.
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Sorry it not a good photo the sun was in the wrong spot.
i also got the tank put together yesterday
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i am going to do my overflow some time this week hopfully be fore i go away if not next week. and give the stand one more coat and get the doors and side ons. :D
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Re: DIY plywood tank and stand started

Postby Floridagirl » Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:56 pm

It's coming along nicely!
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Re: DIY plywood tank and stand started

Postby swrighty747 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:34 am

hey
I got the second coat of paint on the stand on last wednesday but didnt get any thing done over the week end as i went away. today i got the doors and side on and i think it looks heaps good and i am very happy with it. so far the hardest part of the tank and stand has been the painting it took me forever to try get it right and it still is not as good as would of liked it but when the tank is ontop i dont think you will notice the paint job on the stand to much. just have to get handels and latches on the doors and put my shelf in then i am done with the stand.
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The stand with the doors on :D
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This is the side ( the other side is the same so i didnt worry bout putting another pic) :D
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