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post #21 of 34 Old 10-21-2008, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, i'm gonna make my own stand, for some reason it's confusing using other peoples designs...

Pretty basic stuff heres the general layout of it...
And the second photo is the photo of the joints... Exactly like Winnydapoo's stand...

The thing that bothers me, is that im not 100% sure on how to do the middle joints... The corner joints I get but what about the middle braces?
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post #22 of 34 Old 10-22-2008, 12:15 AM
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I have attached a picture of how I would(and have) join the verticals to the horizontals for the middle two struts on each side. :)

I don't think the red horizontals between the vertical two struts, in your full diagram, need to be joined in this manner, as they are not load bearing and are mainly there to hold the shape of the cabinet. In this case, just screw and glue them.

Hope that helps.

PS - I noticed your end joins are slightly different to mine. I am not an engineer but they may be slightly weaker when under the vertical force of the tank weight, than mine are :)
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post #23 of 34 Old 10-22-2008, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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In what way do you mean, my design is weaker? I'll have a look over yours again so I can get it at close as possible, but I didn't notice any differences...

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post #24 of 34 Old 10-22-2008, 05:11 PM
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Don't worry too much, it should be fine either way :)
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Very Very Very stupid question now, I never payed attention in woodwork, lol... Umm, do the holes for the screws need to be pre-drilled?
Also, in my first diagram, should the black or the red vertical strut have the longer overlap? you referred to one of the vertical struts having the longer overlap?

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post #26 of 34 Old 10-22-2008, 10:30 PM
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I have attached a picture with the exact measurements based on the 90 x 45 wood you're using.

For screws, you shoud pre-drill the holes on the outside struts (e.g. the front ad the side in the diagram) big enough so that the screw slips through by hand, then screw it into the wood of the vertical. There shouldn't be a need to drill holes into the vertical unless your screws are gigantic.
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post #27 of 34 Old 10-22-2008, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Perfect!!!
I was at bunnings yesterday and got them to cut up all the sizes i need, ill just have to cut the joints to fit... Thankyou so much Winny.
And btw, Fishforum.com.au isn't as good as this site, australia's abit behind when it comes to fishkeeping, I saw you browsing through it, and was going to say something but I didn't want to offend the fishkeepers on that forum lol... I'm using them to find some oto's lol!

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post #28 of 34 Old 10-23-2008, 02:06 PM
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A little off topic:

From what I've seen, the fishkeeping hobby is a lot more expensive in AU than it is in the US/Canada. The equipment itself is more expensive, I believe. Also, aren't there a lot of water usage restrictions in AU? How difficult is it to keep a good water change schedule if your water use is limited?

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post #29 of 34 Old 10-23-2008, 06:36 PM
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Yeah all the equipment does seem to be more expensive here, unfortunately.

Water restrictions apply mainly to outdoor use of water, not so much to indoor use so in that respect it's not too bad.
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post #30 of 34 Old 10-23-2008, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah there are water restrictions. But they apply to things like watering your grass or filling up your swimming pool, or washing your car with a hose. As long as you pay the bill when it comes round, its all sweet(that's what parents are for lol).
Australia is very expensive when it comes to fishkeeping, it is as you say. Since all the good brands are imported from other countries, we pay even more ontop of what you guys do...
Thing is, we pay alot less for marine fish, thanks to all the reefs along the Australian coast line. To bad i'm not in to marine yet. Will be soon though, when I can pocket some cash, hehe...

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