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65 gallon Overhaul

11 years 7 months ago #12176 by redzebra24
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On sunday I worked on the canopy a bit more. I glued all the pieces for the panels. This is the front panel.



Here is one of the side panels, all glued and ready to be cut to spec.



I think it looked close enough liked one piece, and no knots :D

Once I had the side pieces sanded and ready I cut 2inches into the bottom of the piece. The tank trim is 2in and 3/8in will be resting on the top of the tank, 3/8in covering the front.



I bit later I cut 3/4in on the top so the top door/panel would have a place to rest.

As it nears morning I wait for the panels to dry. So I can get the box built. Doors will be matching the ones on the bottom. The top panel will also be one huge door. Its just a waiting game for a couple more hours. Thanks.


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11 years 7 months ago #12157 by redzebra24
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The doors are in my room right now. I am not close to the stand so I won't get pics of that yet.

Just for you, full out details on what I am doing.

I got bored, liked the idea of a canopy. I have not looked at any plans, I have not made one in the past. I am just kind of going with the flow.

Here is a mini diy tutorial on how I am doing it.

First I cut 3 pieces for the left and the right. A couple for the front. I will be gluing these pieces together to eliminate knots and go cheap.



Then I tongue and grooved the sides. The panel in the back is one of the sides. The little piece in front will be for the door opening.



Clamped and applied glue for the grooves.



On the bottom are both sides clamped. They are cut to just a bit over 13in. The length is around 20in. I will plane the height down to 13. The width will be determined later.

On top of that is a little sample of how the front will look like. 2 more little pieces on top, then a side of each. Thats the front.



Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

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11 years 8 months ago #12136 by sawboy2
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Absolutely.  And do me a favor.  Get some really detailed pics of the canopy assembly.  I gotta do one for my 210.

Also,  pics of the doors with the second coat please.  ;D

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11 years 8 months ago #12134 by redzebra24
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Thanks everyone. I should be applying the poly today, well I still want to see how the sample turned out first.

On another note, I think its time for a canopy. What do you think?

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11 years 8 months ago #12124 by wilpir
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Looks great!! Yea Ray just doesn't understand woodworking(Pride=Fun) LOL...I'm a carpenter use stain and poly all the time ..for the last 10yrs I've used water based Minwax Poly 3cts of satin never semi or gloss.. to shiney..satin  dries with a slight sheen and it dries very fast three coats...light sanding in between and done! I have over 30 yrs exp as carpenter  learned from dad and grandfather been in bus since 1925...Give the inside a coat as well to protect from water..Wilpir ;)

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11 years 8 months ago #12119 by Kegger22
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looks kinda small to me, but then again maybe I should take notice and get some smaller tanks, raising these 150's 42" up in the air to get them on stands is starting to take it's toll on me

looks good Red! ;D

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11 years 8 months ago #12117 by Snake42490
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I love it! great job. i personally like the way it looks now but dont listen to me! lol

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11 years 8 months ago #12102 by redzebra24
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Thanks everyone.

Doors have been sanded and restained. So its like 1.5 coats on the doors. I still need to decide what I want to do with the finish. I have some semi gloss poly, or several people have reccomended tung oil. I tested both on a sample. I should be done with the stand tommorow.

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11 years 8 months ago #12085 by whetfish
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Very nice work. 

Not checked for facts.

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11 years 8 months ago #12075 by sawboy2
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That was another thing I meant to point out.  Dude,  your skills are way beyond mine.  Nice job on making the doors!!!  I still gotta buy em from Menards!

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