300 gallon stand build

jamesucla

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I'm in the process of building a stand for the 8' 300 gallon tank. I built everything as straight & tight as possible, however was having a really difficult time getting the top surface parallel & flat. All boards have some camber to them over the span of 8. I started out hand planing, and after several hours was still not confident.....so I looked up on youtube how to plane a surface with a router. It worked awesome.

I used a straight edge to cut (2) 8' long pieces of 1" plywood to use as "rails", screwed them into the side of the stand (offset with 2x4) and used my level & eagle eyesight to make sure these were perfectly parallel. Then, I made a box out of plywood with a strip cut out of the middle for the router bit. The router slides forward & backward within the box, and the box slides left to right on the rails. This allowed me to get all the framing perfectly flat under where the plywood top.

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jamesucla

Jack Dempsey
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The tank is 8' long 300 gal acrylic, going in my living room. So has to look professional; was a big deal for my wife to accept this & don't want to let her down. this setup allowed me to get everything flat and accurate to within less than 1/16" with about 1/2 hour of setup. Totally worth it if you have a router. Today I put on all the plywood & cut out the access door areas, progress pic below (stand is up-side down).

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esoxlucius

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Good job. Rule number 1 of our hobby....keep the other half sweet! That stand is a cracker, I don't think wifey will be too disappointed with your progress so far.
 
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