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  • Which wood to use for ADA stand diy build?

    So I've never been much of a DIY person but I've decided I'll give it a shot at the end of this month. I've been watching a few videos on how to build ADA style cabinets because there's no way I'm paying close to 1K for some plain black boxes. Right now I'm trying to decide which wood to use for this build. I was thinking of using plywood from Bunnings but wasn't sure if it would be strong enough to support the weight of the tank (I plan to build it for a 2ft 60-P tank 60cm x 30cm base).
    https://www.bunnings.com.au/bc-deco-...coply_p0390218

    Also, in regards to putting the pieces together, I'll be basing it off a design from this site:
    https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/...ium-stand.html

    With putting the pieces together, do you reckon butt joints with screws and wood glue will be enough to support the load of the aquarium? Might even consider reinforcing it on the inside with metal brackets if it turns out to be too flimsy. I plan on laminating the plywood to give it a nice matte finish and increase its water resistance, but would it be better to paint it instead to cut costs? And are there any other considerations I should take before attempting this build?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!


    Ohko Rift
    http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showthread.php/57251-My-2nd-Iwagumi-tank-Ohko-Rift

  • #2
    I reckon for a tank that size it should be fine, looking at the plans there seems to be a decent amount of structural support to prevent buckling.
    Re joining, you could probably get away with simple butt joints + wood glue and screws, but biscuit joints definitely won't hurt.

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    • #3
      Alright great, hopefully I don't screw this one up. Thanks!


      Ohko Rift
      http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showthread.php/57251-My-2nd-Iwagumi-tank-Ohko-Rift

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      • #4
        My original ADA cabinet looks exactly like those plans. When I look at those plans though it looks like it will be weak especially side to side but obviously it's solid for tank it's designed for. Mine is 60x45x45.

        No idea on the DIY though. Maybe use fairly thick wood.

        Waterproofing is a good idea. You will eventually spill some water on it.

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        • #5
          30mm thick ply should be fine right? Also what should I be using to waterproof it?


          Ohko Rift
          http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showthread.php/57251-My-2nd-Iwagumi-tank-Ohko-Rift

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          • #6
            I will check thickness of my stand. My suspicion is that 3cm is more than enough! Not sure on water-proofing specifically.

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            • #7
              Thanks rebel! I think I'll try use a waterproofing paint, not sure whether to apply it before or after the initial paint layer if I do end up painting it. Probably before if I had to guess.


              Ohko Rift
              http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showthread.php/57251-My-2nd-Iwagumi-tank-Ohko-Rift

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              • #8
                Make sure you ask someone in the know.

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                • #9
                  btw mine has some sort of water proofing on it because water just beads off.

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                  • #10
                    If you intend painting then a couple of coats of oil based varnish will seal the timber, may need more on the edges as they will soak up a lot.
                    Any interior varnish will be fine.
                    You will need to paint over with an oil based paint, water based will flake off eventually.

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                    • #11
                      Alright I'll add varnish to the list. With the paint, I'm thinking of using spray paint in order to get that fine matte finish without sanding down too much. Maybe around 1 coat of primer, 3 coats of spray paint. Would that be alright?


                      Ohko Rift
                      http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showthread.php/57251-My-2nd-Iwagumi-tank-Ohko-Rift

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Justanotherkid View Post
                        Alright I'll add varnish to the list. With the paint, I'm thinking of using spray paint in order to get that fine matte finish without sanding down too much. Maybe around 1 coat of primer, 3 coats of spray paint. Would that be alright?
                        I am not an expert in this field but I have heard people using marine plywood to avoid buckling and also comes in waterproofed available at Bunnings, I think. Indir knows more about this. Might want to shoot him a PM.

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                        • #13
                          I think you are korrekt Happyfins, Indir was using it in his fish racks if you search the forum.

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                          • #14
                            I think I read somewhere that marine ply isn't actually any different to other plywood in terms of water resistance, the only difference is that the acceptable number of voids is slightly lower... Could be wrong though.

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                            • #15
                              I'll have a look into it. Thanks everyone for pointing me in the right direction!


                              Ohko Rift
                              http://www.aquariumlife.com.au/showthread.php/57251-My-2nd-Iwagumi-tank-Ohko-Rift

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