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Old 02-05-2011, 01:06 AM
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Default The Final Aquarium Stand

So last fall my daughter Stacey & son-in-law markttu decided to get behind the Save the Mollusk Movement or something.
They now have one 75 gallon saltwater aquarium, one smaller one which they call the "quarantine aquarium" and a tiny 3 gallon one, they purpose of which I don't know.
But they got it. And it needs its own stand. So I got the job.

When Stacey and I were discussing this project she emailed me two crucial bits of information.
1. from the website, the vital statistics:
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3 gallon, 11-3/4" x 8-7/8" x 8" tank; compact fluorescent Clamp-on Lamp fixture with 9W 50/50 lamp and remote ballast; 40 gph Pico powerfilter.
From that description I imagined building a little 12 x 9 inch rectangular frame from 3/4" angle iron (salvaged from a real estate sign) and mounted on a single tube pedestal.

b. She also sent me a link to that website and I found this photo. (1.)
My simple rectangular frame idea fell apart.
I called her & got her to trace the shape of the base of the aquarium on a piece of newspaper.
Yep, it has a curved front.

2. I traced the template onto some rusty old 10 gauge steel I dug out of my scrap garden & cut it out on the Sadsaw.
Naturally, I cut a few humps in the profile; anticipating that, I had kinda hurried to get the little jerryrig grinder work rest installed.
The Final Grinder smoothed those cuts right out. I sized it slightly smaller than the template so as to maybe conceal this top plate underneath the baby aquarium when it's in place.

3. Hoping to avoid severe warping I cut a piece of thicker steel, about 7 gauge to weld to the post and then to the thinner top plate.
Didn't work , but you know - best laid mice and men, their plans & all that.
I think I can straighten it back well enough with a torch.

4. Then I welded the post to - you guessed it! - a 16 inch plow disk.

5. And there she sits until tomorrow. It is about 40 inches tall.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:13 AM
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(I ran out of slots - one more picture )

As to the rust, Stacey will paint it. She loves to paint things.
All kinds of things.
As to primer, I am sending along my favorite, Permatex Rust Treatment.
It will turn the rust a nice dark gray & allow her paint to bond.

I'll get some final pictures of the final aquarium stand once Stacey finally gets it painted and in its final place.
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:22 AM
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Cool stand, Cutter. Is that an eye in the center of the picture of the aquarium.


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Old 02-05-2011, 01:25 AM
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I dunno, Dave. Could be.
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Looks like Judge Bob is gona have to make another plow disc run.
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Very good Cutter.

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Old 02-05-2011, 03:37 AM
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(I ran out of slots - one more picture )

As to the rust, Stacey will paint it. She loves to paint things.
All kinds of things.
As to primer, I am sending along my favorite, Permatex Rust Treatment.
It will turn the rust a nice dark gray & allow her paint to bond.

I'll get some final pictures of the final aquarium stand once Stacey finally gets it painted and in its final place.
Since when have you condoned paint.....
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:32 AM
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Then I welded the post to - you guessed it! - a 16 inch plow disk.
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Looks like Judge Bob is gona have to make another plow disc run.

Plow discs - bah humbug!!!


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oh by the way, nice stand!!
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Old 02-05-2011, 09:30 AM
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I think the fish ...er mollusks will be happy with that.
At first it looked bigger than the base til I read the measurements.
It'll work just fine.
And you didn't need to paint it.
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And you didn't need to paint it.

Cutter does not need to paint it.


Stacey and her staff are painters extraordinaire.
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