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Post by Jason Dolting on Sat Jul 17, 2010 2:32 am

Last week I decided to have a go at building a cabinet and hood for my old 4ft tank. It is nowhere near finished yet but thought I would post some photos anyway. I looked at so many cabinets, hoods and stands trying to get some good ideas together and this is what I have come up with so far.The stand is made of pine and the cabinet is made from Australian Hardwood. I decided on hardwood only because I got an absolute bargain for the doors (already made) for $5 each. I knocked up the hood about a month ago out of scraps in my shed to get a bit of an idea how it would look and work. Go easy on me I know it is a little rough but hopefully when it is finished it will do the job.
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Post by bulldogg7 on Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:56 am

Looks good, awesome deal on the doors!

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Post by addicted2cichlid on Sat Jul 17, 2010 1:55 pm

nice work dude
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Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:45 pm

I like it Wink

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Post by Aura on Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:44 pm

I think it's nice. thumbs up
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Post by iceblue on Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:51 pm

Coming along very nicely. Looking forward to the final product. thumbs up
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Post by theswede on Sun Jul 18, 2010 9:37 am

It´s gonna be a nice piece of furniture when it´s finished. Looks very good so far.
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Post by Jason Dolting on Sun Aug 01, 2010 2:25 am

Done a little more work to my cabinet over the week. It now has sides, a skirting or kickboard around the bottom of the cabinet, a skirting board around the top to surround the tank and the doors have handles. I really need to invest in a decent drop saw cause mine just doesn't cut it. I now have to nock up a hood as the one i have is made from scraps and was only made for an idea of how it would work. Then hopefully I can wood putty (my best friend), sand and varnish the whole thing. I was worried when the tank is filled it would be too top heavy but now i shouldn't be cause the cabinet feels like it ways a ton.
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Post by football mom on Sun Aug 01, 2010 8:19 am

Very nice! You did an awesome job with that!

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Post by Aura on Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:24 am

Very nice. It looks like it brings the tank up to a good height for viewing.
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Post by iceblue on Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:23 pm

You are very skilled. Great job.
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Post by theswede on Sun Aug 01, 2010 12:52 pm

Great job Jason!! It looks very good.
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Post by Jason Dolting on Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:32 am

Thanks everyone but up close it has a few defects but it is a big improvement on the old stand I made about ten years ago wich now looks bare and in desperate need for a tank to make complete he he he. My addictions starting to take shape. Very Happy
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Post by Aura on Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:06 am

Once you get that tank decorated and full of fish, no one will notice any flaws, even up close. Very Happy
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Post by nitroloser on Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:00 pm

looks very very nice, great job
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Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Tue Aug 03, 2010 4:29 am

Looks better than anything you can buy at the store, great job Wink

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Re: 4 ft Cabinet Build

Post by Jason Dolting on Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:52 pm

I finished building my tank hood and fitting a fluro light a couple of weeks ago. I sanded and used a varnish stain (maple color) to complete the build. Depending on the filter I use I may have to modify the back of the hood by cutting out a portion to fit a bio wheel filter but thats easy enough. I'm still undecided. I'm happy with the end result. It was a cheap cabinet to build compared to the price of a new one and it is made from a strong wood which has a nice grain effect.
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Post by Rift_Lakes_Rule on Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:40 pm

Awesome job!!! I love it Wink

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Post by bulldogg7 on Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:43 pm

Looks great, but you forgot the WATER!

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Re: 4 ft Cabinet Build

Post by Jason Dolting on Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:16 am

bulldogg7 wrote:Looks great, but you forgot the WATER!
Damn I knew it was missing something. Laughing I will have a new heater by next week, then I need to buy a couple more lids and then it's ready for filling. Can't wait.
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Post by iceblue on Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:18 pm

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Post by theswede on Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:27 pm

Good job! Very nicely done.
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Post by larry.beck on Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:35 am

Love the finish on that hardwood... nice job mate!
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