DIY ADA 60cm Tank and Stand Project

Discussion in 'Completed DIY Projects' started by Tom, 17 Nov 2007.

  1. I have decided I want a good quality 60cm tank and stand, but no way am I going to pay aquaessentials prices for them.... so.... DIY it is. I started the stand yesterday. I got a whole sheet of 12mm plywood, which was about £20. The top, bottom and both sides were routed to make lap joints so it was more stable and the pieces were glued and pinned into place.

    It's quite a low stand as I want to be easily able to see it from my bed (very lazy!) Dimensions are 60cm wide x 40cm back x 70cm tall. The tank will be a 60x40x40.

    The pics:

    stand2.jpg

    stand1.jpg

    I will probably make the tank around Christmas time when I have more time to get things done.

    Tom
     
  2. tgc

    tgc Member

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    Very neat and tidy mate.

    What type of glass are you going to use?

    Cheers Tim
     
  3. Depends what I can get hold of, I was thinking 5mm window glass offcuts which I've seen done before. Failing that I'll just get some sheets from the local glass shop
     
  4. tgc

    tgc Member

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    When I built my sump I went straight to the glaziers (not the yank in charge of man u) and gave them the measurements and got my glass within the hour. Make sure you ask for beveled edges, I got beveled for the outside edges but said not to bother beveling the edges for the baffles (Big mistake!!) lost count how many times I badley cut myself!!!

    Cheers Tim
     
  5. Do you mind telling me how much it cost for the glass and how much you got??
     
  6. tgc

    tgc Member

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    I can't remember the exact amount but for the 5 pieces plus 3 baffle pieces (tank was 24x18x12) i'm sure it was only about £40ish for float glass.

    If you know your sizes just give one of them a ring, they should be able to give you a quote over the phone and give you choices of glass eg; clarity etc.

    Cheers Tim
     
  7. beeky

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    'scuse my ignorance, but what's a lap joint?
     
  8. I routed strips out of the top and bottom panels so the edges slotted in. Ive done a picture below:

    lapjoint.jpg
     
  9. beeky

    beeky Member

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    Ah, I get you. Will it be getting doors?
     
  10. Yip

    Here's a picture with the door leaned up against the cabinet. I had a play in photoshop to put the tank on

    stand-with-tank.jpg
     
  11. Ray

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    I've wondered about making a stand but lack the courage. Do you have a circular saw table for cutting the pieces? Also how do you calculate it can take the weight of the tank without sagging?
     
  12. No but I wish I did, it would be soooo much easier! :lol:

    I've used 12mm plywood, but that's the thinnest I would want to go. It's very stable too with the joints. I am considering putting a verticle brace or partition inside the cabinet to help it even more though. The back piece keeps it straight and stable, along with the bar across the front. 2ft tanks aren't massively heavy so it should be fine but I'll watch it (if my desk can take one, then.. :lol: - but thats not a good rule to go on ;) )

    I'm not sure where to find an actual guide for calculalting wood thickness etc for tank sizes

    Tom
     
  13. Ray

    Ray Member

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  14. Finished sanding off today, hung the door and did the primer/undercoating layer. Off to the local DIY shop in a bit to get the top coat grey, levelling feet and a magnetic strip for the tweesers/scissors etc.

    The door is slightly lower on the right hand side, but that should be easily fixable B)

    More pics now then:

    Resize-Wizard-3.jpg

    Resize-Wizard-4.jpg

    Resize-Wizard-5.jpg

    Tom
     
  15. tgc

    tgc Member

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    Got any news on the glass yet??
     
  16. Not yet, with being down at college all week I haven't thought about it. Ill work out the measurements I need tomorrow and give them a ring.
     
  17. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    Looking good mate. :D
     
  18. CJ Castle

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    Nice cabinat, good work...
     
  19. Ed Seeley

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    Great Job Tom. Looks very professional! You're going with 'ADA grey' then? :D
     
  20. Yep the closest I found this evening was Midnight Jewels 3 from Dulux (I think thats what it was) so I had a litre mixed up for me. I also got a magnetic door catch too but couldnt find the feet to level it off perfectly. Will paint it tomorrow if the weathers any better.

    Tom
     

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