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well, it's almost steve's new canopy. i jsut have to finish building it :D

it's being built for his 55g AGA and will house MH's

the front will have one big swing up door, and the top wil lalso be on hinges as well.

here's a nice big pile of lumber :D
 

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a side panel with the "holding bar" to keep the canopy on the tank :D and to allow the wood to overlap the tanks trim
 

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and here we have both side panels... jsut in case you aren't following along :funny:
 

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drawing out the opening in the front panel.
 

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and the font opening is cut out.

i left the funny looking notch in the center, to hold another "support bar" not sure if it's really needed, but since the top will be able to open, i wanted to give some weight support in the front. but i also wanted to have the rest of the opening flush with the tank, so that steve doesnt have to reach up that extra inch and a half to get into the tank. that little section will be covered by the door though.
 

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and a view of the partially completed unit on my fw 55 aga. the canopy has an open back, since he'll be using MH. since the top wil lbe on hinges, i wanted to give some good support in the back, to attach the hinges to, so the board at the top rear is a premium qaulity 2x4 (the rest of the canopy is 3/4" pine laminate shelving wood)
 

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a view from the side. i was going to make the back of the canopy flush with the back of the tank, but since the canopy overlaps the tank trim in the front and both sides, i went ahead and made the back overlap a bit as well, to make it look the same all the way around, especially when looking at the tank from the side.

tomorrow i'll get the front door, top lid, and some bottom trim in place.

let me know what you think steve. and anyone else for that matter.
 

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Jay you do top notch wood work!;)
 

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thanks johnny.. much appreciated! now let's just hope steve likes it :eek:
 

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WOW!!!! That looks awsome Jay!! I've been working so **** much I missed the thread!

I can't wait to put it on my tank!!!!!! You do some quality work man.....Maybe you should open up a woodworking business? I know that I would pay for some of your work! You could make some serious $$$$!


Thanks ALOT!!! :beer:



Steve
 

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Looks great, Jay! I can just smell that wood...
 

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you didnt miss the thread steve, i jsut posted it an hour ago :D

glad you like it, i'll upload some more pics of tomorrow's progress.

thanks cath!
 

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Jay you heard him he would pay for your work. Get out the calculator.:D
 

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what the heck.... pay for my work?!?!?!? now i'm wondering why didn't we discuss this BEFORE i offered to build the darned thing for free ?!?!?!? :funny:

i work cheap.. it's my assistant Asia that's gonna charge an arm and a leg :D
 

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I'll pay both of ya...........but if she's like my daughter I'll be setting up my tank under a bridge with the rest of my homeless friends.

Steve!
 

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our daughters must be related :funny:

a few days ago i said "asia, i'll give you 5 dollars to mow the grass" she replied "it'll take 20!" i said "what!? 20 bucks. when i was your age, i used to cut a yard three times this size for 5 bucks" her reply......... "dad, this is the year 2000 not 1920, ever heard of inflation!"


this, from a seven year old!!!!!
 

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<Jay you do top notch wood work!>

I thought the notch was on the bottom. Gosh couldn't resist. Actually I built a hood similar to it but built the fans into the front panel. (I figure if the back is open then I will have full air flow. How tall is it? I am need to build a new fixture for a 75 gal.

Ray
 

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this one is made from 14" panels. with a 1 1/2" overlap of the tank trim. giving 12 1/2" above tank, it's 3/4" thick panels. so overall it has about 11 3/4" from water to lid. that oughtta put the bulbs about 10" from water surface.

there is 5" on either side of the opening if steve chose to put the fans in the front. i like that idea, makes sense. not sure how much it would affect the front structure, since the opening is so big though.
 

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:D that's what happens when i let my mom do my interior decorating :funny:

plants all over the house, fake trees in every other corner. pink walls in the family room, pink kitchen cupboards with roses everywhere, rose tile on the floor, yellow living room and so on :rolleyes:
 
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