Brads DIY 90P ADA stand

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    So, I finally took the plunge and ordered myself a custom built 900mmx450mmx450mm starfire tank which should be ready next week.

    With a tank like that I figured that I needed a stand. After finding inspiration from Ivan's masterpiece. I set about working out dimensions and getting supplies.

    Sorry, but in my eagerness to get building, I forgot to take progress pics so will have to just go from where it is now.

    I used some plastic fittings to get the cabinet together, I will remove those once the glue has dried. The entire cabinet is glued and screwed.

    I got some Supawood on special from the hardware store and cut it to size:

    2- 900x434 (top and bottom)
    2- 434x700 (sides)
    2- 100x890 (front lip and support beam for front)
    3- 224x100 (Base)
    2- 100x900 (Base)
    4- 100x234 (Support in middle)
    4- 100x700 (Support on middle)
    4- 100x402 (Extra supports for under top- not used)
    1- 700x868 (Back)
    2- 631x449 (Doors)

    I cut everything before starting to build so it was a happy moment when everything fitted together properly.

    The stand already holds my weight (75kg) with bouncing without flexing or funny noises.

    There is still quite a bit leftover, I'm sure with some clever cutting I can build another stand as well.

    Tomorrow I will fill all the holes and hopefully get the base coat on.

    Feel free to ask any questions or give any advice. This is my first time doing any carpentry and so it's been a learning curve.

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    cheers,
    Brad
     
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    Welcome to the forum Brad..missed your intro somehow or perhaps this is it.
     
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    welcome to APSA

    did you make holes for your canister inlet and outlet?
     
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    Welcome! That's a great looking cabinet
     
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    Made some progress!!

    Got the holes filled, primer done and doors fitted.

    Got photos before I primed the doors.

    Tomorrow, I will sand and do another coat of primer.

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    Nope, got another plan that I would like to try, not so keen on the ADA half moon idea
     
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    Yep, 16mm. Always good to see other work for ideas, nice cabinet!!

     
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    Damm dude you are quick while typing a reply and there it is with doors fitted and primed :evil6: :thumbsup:
     
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    I would've gone 22mm mdf on this 90 cabinet but 16mm should hold out.
     
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    You are making me doubt myself :scratch:
     
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    Dude don't stress it. You screwed and glued everything and to what I can see your sides and back is sitting in between the top and bottom of the cabinet. So no chance of those screws tearing out because of hardly any strain on them. :thumbsup:
     
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    I loaded her up with 5 concrete blocks that by my calculations are far heavier than 200kg, she held up over night. Will leave it a bit longer to be sure. Also have a leaking 3ft that I will maybe put on top to be sure.
     
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    Dude don't go putting a leaking tank on the cabinet. You wouldn't want to risk water damage to it now. Like I said don't stress it. I should hold mdf is stronger than what people may think if used in the right way. :thumbsup:
     
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    The leaky tank has been repaired, wouldn't be so silly :iamwithstupid: but you are right. I know i have done a proper job with all the glue and screws.
     
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    The weight is distributed over the whole area and will probably give you at max about 0.4 kg per square inch that is not that much if you think about it.
     
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    Lol ok so not a leaking tank anymore but a spare tank :evil6: I did not make the comment about the 22mm to get you worried just my personal preference on my part.
     
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    LOL! Input always welcomed ofcourse.

    Now go and get building on your new cabinet, I want to see
     
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    Sorry, I've been crazy busy at work. Not a spare second to look at my cabinet. It's been sanded and primed. Just paint now

    The plumbing didn't work the way I wanted so back to the normal style half moons. The light stand is being tested as I type, so hopefully some pics later on.

    Fetching my tank, substrate and plants tomorrow. Can't wait.
     

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