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  1. Andre
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    Maybe we should open up a new section in the classifieds forum :p

    Im really keen to see how this is going to progress.
     
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    i decided to add some support in the middle so that it wouldnt bow with the tank on top, even though two sheets of ply seem pretty thick..

    the strip across the top really gives it that ADA feel...

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    i just need to fill and sand, and measure the doors, and then glue and trim the formica. i decided to try it myself against your better judgement angus :p

    are there any tricks to hanging cupboard doors? i got the hinges and the hinge cup cutter, do i cut the cups on the doors first and then align the hinges on the body?

    in case any one spotted it there are no holes for plugs or filter pipes, but i got two plastic cable grommets like you get on office desks, so i am going to put on on the left side where ADA has their half moon shape and one on the bottom back left for plug fittings.

    so far it has come together quite well considering i am a measure once, cut twice kind of guy.

    check this cool light fixture:

    6x39w t5's for $96
     
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    does anyone know where i can get these magnetic touch latches?

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    there are no door handles, and the gap at the bottom is going to be very small, i dot want to fight to get the doors open...
     
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    Hey there

    You pot the doors first,and then fit the handles to the doors.
    Place the door onto something thin that elevates it to the height that you want it.(gives stability when you screw in the hinges.)
    Keep the door open with the hinges fully extended when you set your screws.

    The hinges then can be adjusted for squaring the doors.

    Your design is looking good.
    The stability strut will stop the doors from going inwards.

    I know a few places that should have the door mags that you are looking for,
    I will make some calls for you.

    I will take a few pics of my cupboards,there might be a slight mod to your design which will help you.

    I like your branding in the last pic
     
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    WBS - some comments from my side (having made 2 big aquarium cabinets already)

    1. That centre support structure of yours does not look too strong - judging from the way the wood grain lies. Also, it would be stronger if the top and bottom struts were to lie BETWEEN the uprights as opposed to ACROSS them - like you currently have them in the photo. PM me if I must draw and mail you a diagram to illustrate, which I would gladly do.

    2. You might consider leaving the insides a light colour (such as the natural pine), unless you will be adding a light, as it makes it easier to see what's going on inside - should you maybe one day have the stand located in some obscure place that gets limited light. (small insignificant practical detail).

    I look forward to seeing the progress.
     
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    thanks angus, that helps!

    @richard - why is it stronger to have the struts between the uprights? that creates a hanging joint? remember this is ply so there is no one grain direction...

    i will be installing a small striplight that will come on when the door opens.
     
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    I have sent you a mail.
     
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    hey richard,

    i have uploaded your pic here:

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    there should never be any sideways stresses, once everything is all put together, but i see what you mean, i also tend to go overkill most of the time and this is why i am not worried, everything has been glued and screwed to death...

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    ok, looking at THAT picture... I doubt whether you'd have problems!! :)
     
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    Hey Raymond

    It's looking like you're off to a really good start.

    How much has the whole project cost so far? (If you don't mind me asking).
     
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    2 sheets of 18mm ply @R200 each
    1 sheet of storm grey formica @R780
    4 hinges, screws, biscuits, hinge cup cutter, etc. R200
    1 tin of contact R60
    i still need a laminate router bit - not sure how much

    R1240 in total

    the 60cm ADA stand is $735 so i would guess the 90 is over $1000

    a also bought a router, which i have been wanting to get for ages, and i got that at 40% discount at a closing sale, but i wont add that to the price, coz then i have to include table saw drill etc...

    the electric tools i have used so far:

    table saw
    circular saw
    drill
    biscuit cutter
    belt sander

    you can get away without using most of those if you get the hardware shop to cut the wood for you...
     
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    What are these "biscuits" you speak of?
     
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    Biscuit joins. Not a cheap piece of equipment
     
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    Aah I see, so used to join 2 pieces of adjoining wood.
     
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    i got the ryobi one for under R1000...
     
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    We also got some nice toys from the closing sale, but man those queues were insane.
     
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    yeah i stood for about 2hrs :(

    not sure if it was worth the 40% discount...
     
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    It had to be worth it... You still stood there!! LOL!

    That biscuit cutter. Is it just an attachment to another power tool, or is it a power tool made for the specific purpose? I'm keen to try something similar...
     
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    what sale was this?
     
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    @slagter - yeah i stood there, but there was loads of complaining about it :p

    it is a separate tool, or you can get a biscuit blade for a router...

    @rattail - the mega mica liquidation sale in willowbridge, it ends on monday....
     

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