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    Learning to build furniture, cabinets, and aquarium cabinet stands I can be proud of.

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  1. Hi, guys! So I'm still contemplating this stand build, I'm still really happy that I now know how to construct the pedestal base, so I want to focus on the carcass itself. I think it comes down to either plywood, or the frame and panel type construction. I want to ask, if I use plywood, what are my options to finish the edges? A face frame of some kind, or iron on edge banding? If using plywood, how would some of you go about this? Thank you for your help! -TWS
  2. I'm sorry, I don't recall calling your work "cheap" or "Unprofessional", but if I offended you, I will offer my most sincere apology. I've built those 2x4 stands before, and I was just looking for a little help on a different style of stand build. I'm sorry if I offended you, but I thank you for stopping by and offering your help. -TheWoodShouter
  3. Please tell me if this idea would be dumb, but as a noob woodworker, I've learned that there's all kinds of ways to help make a joint between two boards as unnoticeable as possible. However, at the end of the day, there's not one of us here who can't spot a joint in a piece of furniture with just a cursory inspection. Therefore, in some of the things I've done recently, I've tried to use two different species of wood whenever I'm gluing something up. I like the contrast of different woods, and I feel like if you have to have a joint, have a little fun with it instead of just tying to hide it.
  4. You know, I have never done a journal, but for this one maybe I should...... I'm telling you, it's like a huge block has been lifted now that I know how to make that base. Again, I was so over thinking it, it's not funny. But that video totally made sense of it for me. I do want to really think this project through and look into materials, and then sure, I'll get a journal going if you think others would be interested. Thanks again, man! -TWS
  5. Well, I told you guys I was a noob! In the first 5 minutes that video clearly shows that base REALLY IS just a base, and the top of the base profile that was so confusing to me is easily cut with one rip of the router and an appropriate bit. I swear, I was WAY over thinking this. I thought this was a series of cuts, different router bits, different pieces of wood. Now that I see this guy do it, I'm humbled that I couldn't figure this out, and I know for sure that the reason I wasn't getting a direct answer is because to all of you this is a no brainer. So I feel like a noob, but I am relieved
  6. OK, so I got exactly 2 minutes and 33 seconds into this video, and I think I've learned something........ What I think I need help with is correctly called a PEDESTAL BASE. Does that make sense to you guys? That's what the guy in the video is calling it. And if you could, please stop the video at 2 minutes and 33 seconds and it's a perfect shot of the base part. This is just what I'm looking for, all that detail or embellishment or perhaps "steps" where the base meets the carcass; I don't know how else to describe it. I'll keep watching the video, but hopefully now you guys will understand wha
  7. Wow, thank you! This is just what I'm looking for! I didn't watch all of this video yet, but looking at the finished product, and the detail of what I did see, now we're on to something. I watch this right now. Thanks very much, Woodenskye! -TWS
  8. Hello, UC! Thanks for your reply! Yes, I understand the weight of the tank won't be resting on molding alone, but that's why I'm trying to get a better idea how to build the base. I'm not sure what you are suggesting with the 2x4's. Are you suggesting the typical 2x4 frame for the stand itself? If so, I have done those stands many times in the past, but that's not what I'm looking for here. Plywood or solid wood should easily support up to 125 gallon tank setups, in my experience, so I see no reason I can't do this for a 75 gallon tank. And again, I'm not worried about weight or anything like
  9. Here's another couple pictures I found online, and both of these dressers have bases/feet that are similar to what I'm imagining. How would I go about constructing something like this? Does anyone know of any free plans for dressers, or a video, or build journal that would detail how to build this part for a noob like me? I get that not everyone here builds fish tank stands, but there has to be many members that have made dressers or similar projects. Image URL:$PDP_Pc_Dimension_470Wide$&$width=66"&$depth=20"&
  10. Ah! Vinyl coated plywood maybe a whole different story. I have no experience with such a material, I didn't even know it existed. I am guessing it's going to be too expensive for me to find out though! But I could see how such a material would be perfect for what you were describing earlier. OK, as far as the base, now we're getting somewhere. A rabbet the carcass sits into makes sense, but I don't get how far down the carcass sits. Wouldn't it have to sit up an eight or quarter of an inch above the top of the base to allow the cabinet doors to swing out, or the drawers to pull out if th
  11. OK, you're just the kind of guy who can answer my biggest question, though maybe I'm not asking it correctly because I am such a noob at "real" woodworking. How to I construct what I am going to call the base or "feet" of this thing, and how does that attach to the cabinet carcass so it looks professional? Did that make sense? I think it would be similar to how dressers are built, but I don't know how to build a dresser! Can someone give me an idea of how to construct and attach the base of this thing please? That is definitely one of my biggest concerns. And doing the sides as a panel is
  12. I just want to touch on this statement a little. I also build a variety of reptile enclosures, and I have use melamine a lot in their construction. Most of my reptiles are kept at fairly low humidity, so the melamine works out reasonably well. However, if a water bowl spills, or an animal does his bathroom break in the same spot over and over, the melamine quickly deteriorates, and the particle board underneath shortly thereafter. For this reason, I'm getting away from using melamine, even with my dryer reptiles, and I frankly don't see a place for it anywhere near an aquarium. Now, I'm not tr
  13. Absolutely! Again, far from my first tank stand, either purchased or built myself. I swear, I've probably made dozens of stands for myself and others over the years, so I feel confident about most of these things. I'm here hoping you guys can help me build one that looks more professional, instead of a 2x4 frame wrapped in a piece of paneling board or something. I've made at least six like that, pretty good looking for cheap! And with this tank, there will be no exposed water under the stand at all. Thanks again for your concern, I will be careful! -TWS
  14. Hey wdwerker! We've chatted before on other threads, and I definitely appreciate you addressing my specific questions here. Yes, I know the top doesn't have to be solid, no one will see the part that's under the tank, and indeed many commercial stands are made that way. But, I just though it'd be easier to make it a solid piece, this way I can use different sized tanks on it if I decide too. However, this was a great observation, and that's what I'm hoping to get from you guys! Frame and panel sides, didn't really think of that one for this project! Awesome idea, let me give that some tho
  15. Hey guys! Thank you all very much for the replies! I'd love to, but I've never seen this particular style of tank at any pet store here locally in over 30 years in the aquarium hobby. You hit the nail on the head about the weight thing my friend! I should have mentioned this in my original post, but I'm not at all concerned about the weight or the design or it's ability to hold the tank. I have been keeping aquariums for well over 30 years, I've built all kinds of stands, including a full cabinet stand for my previous 125 gallon salt water reef aquarium, I've just never tried t