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JerseyBird97 12-11-2010 12:52 PM

20 Long Build
 
This has been dubbed my "do it again project". 3 months in the making...
Stand is 42" tall by 30-1/8" wide by 13" deep. Top of tank is 4.5' high... perfect viewing level.

stand frame, made with 4x4's to be extra sturdy
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...7/DSC00257.jpg

brackets
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...7/DSC00258.jpg

paneling
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...7/DSC00263.jpg

tank drilled and painted
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...7/DSC00256.jpg

first door
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...7/DSC00266.jpg

doors complete
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...7/DSC00267.jpg

checking the plumbing
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...7/DSC00269.jpg

sump
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...7/PC110088.jpg

sump top view
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...7/PC110091.jpg

electrical
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...7/PC110090.jpg

finished product
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...7/PC110087.jpg

JerseyBird97 12-11-2010 01:39 PM

Bit of advice I learned. If you notice in picture 7 (plumbing) don't ever use the pvc check valves found at hardware store. This valve failed on its first test. Get the clear flapper style ones... trust me... it worth waiting the shipping.

Mattcot 12-11-2010 02:26 PM

good looking build :thumbsup:

SinCrisis 12-11-2010 07:32 PM

Good stuff, what did you coat the wood with?

JerseyBird97 12-12-2010 07:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SinCrisis (Post 532410)
Good stuff, what did you coat the wood with?

3 stage process

wood condinitioner, Minwax Red Mahogany stain then Minwax clear satin poly finish with fine sanding and steel wool in between.


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