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  1. Front view of the base with back on

    Front view of the base with back on

    Front view of the base with back on
  2. Plywood support

    Plywood support

    3/4" plywood support for front 2x6.
  3. Almost done

    Almost done

    Here the top panel is closed, the front panel and kick plate are installed. Almost done!
  4. Front panel installed

    Front panel installed

    Front panel installed
  5. Side panel removed

    Side panel removed

    Side panel removed for maintenance.
  6. Ready for maintenance

    Ready for maintenance

    By removing the front and side panels and lifting the top cover, I gain full access to both tanks.
  7. Back panel attached

    Back panel attached

    The back panel is glued and attached with Sheetrock screws.
  8. Spacer

    Spacer

    A 1/2" plywood spacer was put behind the front legs to give the legs depth.
  9. Top and bottom rails for front panel

    Top and bottom rails for front panel

    A large rabbit is cut into the back of the top and bottom rails and both stiles for front panel.
  10. Gluing guide lines and spreader

    Gluing guide lines and spreader

    Dry the panel and trace the outline of the frame onto the panel. This will show you where to spread the glue. A plastic puddy know works great for spreading glue. The glue peals of the puddy knife once dry.
  11. Getting ready to glue the back on

    Getting ready to glue the back on

    I've applied the glue to the back of the frame and need to spread the glue BEFORE attaching the plywood. Very important step when gluing plywood or any wood for that matter. Spread the glue so you have 100% coverage of the area being glued.
  12. Main supports

    Main supports

  13. Main supports

    Main supports

    Top frame made the same way as the lower, but I used 2x6's.
  14. Vertical alignment supports

    Vertical alignment supports

    These boards, inside the frame, help align the top and bottom frames.
  15. Base put together

    Base put together

    Base put together
  16. Main supports

    Main supports

    These corner boards keep take the weight of the tank and transfer it straight to the floor.
  17. Holes

    Holes

    All corners are glued and screwed. Drilling pilot holes in the boards you're attaching allows the screw to suck the boards tight to each other.
  18. Dual 125 gallon stand

    Dual 125 gallon stand

    Starting the base, 2x4 construction
  19. Holes

    Holes

    All corners are glued and screwed. Drilling holes in the boards you're attaching allows the screw to suck the boards tight to each other.
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