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Old 04-18-2015, 05:09 AM
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I am very excited as I just picked up my tank today from Concept.
This build is about a month in the making so far.

The idea came about as we wanted to make a built-in for our living room around the fireplace. Since we moved about a year ago into our house there hasn't been a spot for my tank and it's been getting neglected sitting in our basement. So with a new built in, the light bulb went off and I convinced the boss that we should have the fish tank in our living room.

This is a pic of the original living room.


Well off to concept we went to discuss tanks with Denny. We roughly priced out a tank that would 40" wide 18" deep and 20" tall.

The plan was for cabinets to be on both sides of the fireplace, one for electronics on the left, and fish tank on the right. Bookcasing to be on top of the cabinets.

Well after I figured that I had 47" inches to the edge of mantel, a quick email to Denny made the tank 46" wide

Tons of work has gone into prep for this tank and built in.
I'll update my second post for editing purposes.
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:10 AM
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The picture above is a little old as it doesn't show that we mounted the tv above the fireplace. The problem with this was that all the cords were very visible and were constantly in the way. To solve this I had to do a bunch of wiring. As an aside, who builds a house without putting an outlet above the fireplace these days???
Here is a pic of the wall being partially opened up to run wiring. I ran HDMI cables behind the wall and speaker wire. Also some low voltage wiring for LED strip lighting for shelving. I also created a dedicated circuit for the fish tank, GFCI in the sump area connecting to a plug higher up for lighting, the other plug will removed and just capped off.





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Old 04-18-2015, 05:23 AM
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Building the stand.

Here are a bunch of pics of the stand being built. It's built wider than the actual tank just for symmetry with the other cabinet.
I bought a bunch of 2x4s from home depot and ripped both sides on the table saw so I could have a nice edge on both sides. I don't own a planer so not much I could do about twisting or cupping so did the best I could.



Cutting to rough sizes first as you can see below then set up my miter saw for equal cuts.












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Old 04-18-2015, 05:26 AM
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Pretty fancy stand framing!
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:27 AM
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The electronics side cabinet was built more like a euro cabinet as seen below.



I'll have to get a pic of it with the face frame on, it's all ready for paint right now.

Here is the tank stand with the face frame.


(and yes Budweiser helps when doing construction)
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:29 AM
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My wife also decided that since the cabinets will be white so should the fireplace.





Oh and while you're at it, lets retile it and repaint the room



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Off to Black Forest Wood Company for some wood for the countertops.
We found some really nice looking Mansonia wood.



Laminating it up!


After the glue up I brought it back to the wood shop for a sanding at 80 grit to make it nice and level. I will do the final sanding and staining once it comes back in a couple days.
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Nice work - looks pro!
Thanks, I've been working non stop for the last two and a half weeks, hopefully only one more week to go and there will be water in the tank in the living room.
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