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for this particular tank i will make a simple open pine stand...., instead buying 70mm x 70mm posts i will make my own dog leg corners..... first i made a very simple jig thing to center all holes so in same position in drill press. making sure all holes line up.... then use pva glue and 10mm dowels to glue together....

mike

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with all complete, there is 4 legs built for ''timber'' $8 all legs , 10mm dowels that i had sitting in shed, ready for sanding and staining later

mike

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was funny,,, today at bunnings looking at getting timber for stand build and as look up there was dennison looking same thing a few metres away.... we had a bit of a joke and laugh about it and he building same as i atm.... good guy and good tank builder also

mike

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good early day today, so desided to sand the legs for the next stage of the build, happy and joint is just visable but happy with result. sanded to 240 grit and arrised all edges

mike

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Belated thanks for this thread Mike. I'm just about to take on a 6x2x2 as a first time rebuild. Will have a few practice runs with the soapy water and wedge first as I'm sure it cant be as easy as you make it look to keep it all clean. Normally I have silicon from "arsehole to breakfast".... as my nanna would say.

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the soapy water is for wiping excess silicone as this prevents the silicone sticking to anything as you pull it back for a clean finish... i dont think i could use enough soapy water :)

i did read that a space of 1.5mm between joined glass is optimum for silicone to adhere well. this space also gives a buffer for larger tanks that can expand and shrink due to changes in heat. and if you are looking to build from scratch well the 1.5mm is the figure you have been looking for to subtract in your shorter sides :) i have been looking for this answer a long time so thought i might add.

also read that using those really long clamps will help you for squeezing larger tanks together and holding the panels while they set. but i guess as long as you can apply enough pressure to squeeze the silicone so it gets contact corner to corner you should be fine.

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mate your all over it.... its not that hard to do, dont worry about the 1,5mm gap. as long you apply enough silicone and as you press together and see no air bubbles you'll be fine.............. you'll be a pro tank builder soon enough

:beer: mike

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