New Fully Custom Double Stacked 4x2x2

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Re: New Fully Custom Double Stacked 4x2x2

Postby MrSpectrum » Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:36 am

The stand should be the easy part. Before I took the plunge, I spent a few weeks haunting the local Habitat for Humanity ReStores, etc. They didn't have the size kitchen cabinets or other furniture I was looking to refurb into an enclosure, but they had plenty of inexpensive tables.

OTOH, if your heart's set on DIY, you've got that fancy-schmancy Keg jig. :lol:
2 x 4s may be overkill. What's the approx. weight of the Double Stack?
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Re: New Fully Custom Double Stacked 4x2x2

Postby claudiusx » Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:46 am

I'm not so much concerned with structure as I am with aesthetics. I want this to look furniture grade but I wont be trying to convince the wife to let me buy hardwood lol.

It is decently heavy actually. And once the tile is in, and the rocks and decorations it will be a good weight. I'm already planning on earthquake strapping to the stud behind it to prevent toppling, but the stand was to serve 2 or 3 main purposes.
    1. Bring the two enclosures up a bit higher for viewing pleasure
    2. Create a place to store supplies/electrical connections
    3. For aesthetics
But, it does have to be structurally sound. I'll probably go on youtube and copy someone's design for an aquarium stand. They are usually built strong and some people try to make them look good.

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Re: New Fully Custom Double Stacked 4x2x2

Postby MrSpectrum » Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:05 am

claudiusx wrote:It is decently heavy actually. And once the tile is in, and the rocks and decorations it will be a good weight.

Oh, that's helpful... NOT! :lol:

    1. Bring the two enclosures up a bit higher for viewing pleasure
    2. Create a place to store supplies/electrical connections
    3. For aesthetics

That's why I suggested a 2nd-hand table, desk, dresser, etc. Most I saw were in good enough condition, and you could get lucky with maple (and/or not having to refinish). There's also (now that I think of it) Craig's List
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Re: New Fully Custom Double Stacked 4x2x2

Postby claudiusx » Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:09 am

Yeah I know, but it just doesn't fit what im envisioning.

Im picturing something along these lines:
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My wife would kill me if I "bought" a piece of furniture after all the money I spent on my "shop" LOL
She's still waiting for me to start working on our bedroom set... :oops: shes about ready to go to costco and buy one from there :laughing6:

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Re: New Fully Custom Double Stacked 4x2x2

Postby claudiusx » Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:38 pm

Got it all designed out and my cuts and plan basically figured. I did end up buying some maple hardwood but I'm so cheap I'm going to try to get away with using as much of the maple ply as I can instead lol!

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Re: New Fully Custom Double Stacked 4x2x2

Postby claudiusx » Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:40 pm

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I keep coming back to this. It's not what I settled on but something deep inside me is telling me to attempt something like this.. Crud.. maybe my design isn't finalized.
I'd have to buy a new router bit... :mrgreen:

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Re: New Fully Custom Double Stacked 4x2x2

Postby claudiusx » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:24 am

Day off, started working on the stand this morning. I basically finish the frame of it. I go to measure its halfway point to know where to put my 1 center support. Somethings wrong..

I made the whole stand 4'10.5 instead of 3'10.5........

Well, at least i'm long instead of short. Lets see how long this takes to fix.. LOL (i'm really not actually laughing.. :roll: )

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Re: New Fully Custom Double Stacked 4x2x2

Postby MrSpectrum » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:41 am

Did you forget to measure twice, cut once?
(In my case, it's measure umpteen times, then stop cutting to measure again, then measure again after cutting, then swear a blue streak because it still doesn't fit... :oops: )
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Re: New Fully Custom Double Stacked 4x2x2

Postby claudiusx » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:15 am

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Lets just say I may or may not have made another mistake... :banghead: :mrgreen:

Experience (and failure) is my best teacher lol. Everyone knows the saying. But you don't really know the saying until you have caused multiple needs for said saying.. LOL

I will say though, never in my life have I mis-measured as much as I have on literally one of the simplest builds I've done... a 2x4 stand!
I'd imagine it's because I figured it would be so simple, it wasn't as intimidating to me as other projects. The intimidation factor is what keeps me on my toes lol.

Anyways, half of it is fixed as of now.. But I need some lunch.

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Re: New Fully Custom Double Stacked 4x2x2

Postby MrSpectrum » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:19 pm

claudiusx wrote:Everyone knows the saying. But you don't really know the saying until you have caused multiple needs for said saying.. LOL

...Or you're married to a quilter. :roll:
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Re: New Fully Custom Double Stacked 4x2x2

Postby claudiusx » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:12 pm

Well I got the stand basically done. Frame fixed and finished, wrapped in maple ply. All there is left to do really is cupboard doors for it, finish trim to tie it in with the tank, and stain it all.

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Re: New Fully Custom Double Stacked 4x2x2

Postby claudiusx » Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:47 pm

Still chuggin away at the stand. I'm only getting an hour or two a daily to work on it, and it's pretty complicated. A lot more complicated than I originally thought it would be. I know my last updated stated I was almost done.. HA. Cabinet doors are taking quite awhile. Anyone who has ever done them will know what I'm talking about lol.
Lots of learning experiences happening on this one. Luckily any mistakes I've made so far are of no real consequence.

But at this point I think for my next build I'll just build a 3 stack instead of a 2 stack on top of a stand like this one is. It really adds a couple extra levels of complexity to it all.
Plus... that will give me 1 empty tank..... :mrgreen:

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