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    DIY Tank hood...

    So i figured id make a tank hood for my 50 litre community tank. I also figured it wouldnt be too expencive, though we have spent over $100 already on just materials and we havent bought paint yet.

    The design is fairly simple and basic, has alot of room for imrpovement but with our limited time we decided on doing it the easy way.

    Im gonna update this with the steps as we go along.. so stay tuned!

    Anyway -
    The team : My big Brother and I
    The Tools & stuff : some wood, 18 W fluro light (62cm long), some electrical cable, a switch, a power plug, 2 little handle/knobs, 4 small silver cabinet hinges (rust resistant of course), some glue, some screws and some elbow grease. Oh yeah, and manly tough power tools! hell yeah! So far we have used the jigsaw, planer, belt sander & some other little sander.. and the vaccum cleaner ^_^. I also predict the use of electric screw driver thingys.

    DAY 1
    Step 1
    Draw your design on some paper
    Step 2
    Mark up your wood
    Step 3
    Cut out all your pieces

    Aaaand thats as far as we have gotten so far. (all the pieces arent shown in this pic, this was taken before we cut all of them out.. you can see the base though)

    DAY 2
    Step 4
    Join your pieces together



    and thats as far as we got for today ^_^ tomorrow will be adding the lids and stuff

    WEEKS LATER
    Step 5
    sand and all that, paint it up nicely, join the lid with hinges and add a little knob so you can open it.



    and we are done! how do you likey folks? =P
    We used a panel of perspex to seperate the light from the water and cut 2 large holes in the base to allow for feeding & basic tank maintenence. there is a panel of wood seperating the holes at the front of the base from the light to stop water splashing into the light.



    Anyway, hers a WARNING!!!
    we used MDF (medium density fibre board) to make the hood out of. If you use this material you must wear a mask during any cutting or sanding of this wood. This wood is known to cause cancer if the dust particles are inhaled, due to the chemicals they use to put this wood together.
    Last edited by nesium; 01-08-2006 at 08:43 AM.

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    glad to see more intrepid hood builders at it

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    We have finished cutting out almost all the pieces, we just have to cut out a lid now.
    we will probably get it all put together by this arvo, so ill get some pics and update then

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    updated, woo ^_^

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    Get glueing mate

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    its already been glued and screwed.. well.. glued and nailed ^_^

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    Pics ?

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    the last 2 pics.. i updated the first post... We havent finished it yet though, we still have to attach the lids..

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    all thats left to do is fill in some gaps with filler, undercoat it, paint it up and attach the lid with hinges. its looking very professional ^_^

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    construction is on hold untill the 23rd, my brother and parents have gone away for a while.

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    Looking good. How heavy is it just out of interest?

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    I honestly have no idea, when its done with the light in place ill weigh it for you.
    Constructions back on, and we have finished building it and done the first basecoat of paint ^_^

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    its all painted up, just a few more coats on the outside to even it up a little bit and its done, excuse the lack of pics.

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    and were all done, pics in the first post ^_^

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    Amazing, Erin.
    Really thoughtful and resourceful of you. Nicer than trying to buy one in a shop.

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