Diy Canopy

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  1. OCELLARIS

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    hi there guys, just wanted to share in my progress of my DIY CANOPY
    i have attached some pics, there is lots more work to go into it
    but im progressing very well even though its taking me alot of time and effort,
    i will post new pics of my finished up canopy but in due time,as im kinda taking my time and not rushing my work, the canopy is made up of pine of 25mm, i wanted a nice light canopy yet sturdy, i plan on fixing florecent lighting in there but
    it will only be the tubes and the end connectors in it, the fixtures with the converters
    ect will be consealed elsewhere, so has this would lighten down the weight,

    i will keep you posted as soon as i have time in completing my project .... :biggrin:

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    looking good! what are going to seal it with?
     
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    Things looking good, hope you going to put braces in the corners and the steel hindges will rust.
     
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    You should also use a wet cloth to remove the excess clue.
     
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    thanx highlander,
    havent decided yet, any suggestions for me?
     
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    thanx thalion

    yes i am putting braces at the corners, i put the hinges on the top so it wouldnt catch rust, so by having it on the top it would still rust? any suggestions
     
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    well my dad did an opentop canopy made out of pine as well and put varnish on it... its lasted at least 10 years so far... otherwise other ppl here have been saying fibreglass resin.
     
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    will do thalion, infact i have a sanding disc that i used to buff out all uneven edges
    and to smoothen the surface of the wood and all excess glue will be sanded off giving
    me a smooth presentable finish, i still gonna put some border edging to make
    the canopy appealing to the eye, lets just say this is the skeleton of the
    canopy :)
     
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    Your car does not have to be on the beach to rust.;)

    Should be fine, I just use brass ones, at the end of the day they also look better.
     
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    The wet cloth must be used when clue is still wet. Problem is the glue will clogged up the sand paper, that is y one should remove excess glue when it is still wet.
    Just something to remember for next time.;)
     
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    thanx highlander

    infact for the inside i will be using veleglo white, i was thinking of using a wood stain for the outside that would give it a dull look,but a friend of mine has varnish with him, its not the clear one but a couloured one, its more of a dark brow with a dark maroonish look, he told me that varnish would be a better option as it will seal your wood and give it protection. do you know anything about wood stain?

    i like a more dull finish instead of a glossy finish but if wood stain isnt all that good then i will go with the varnish
     
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    If it was me, I would go with Marine varnish first. Thin it down as per instruction so that it soaks into the wood. Not to sure if the veleglo will stick to the varnish thou. The wood need to be sealed properly. Talk to some paint "experts"
     
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    :) thanx thalion
    the next time it will be a master piece ;)
     
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    im only going to use velveglo white on the inside and for the outside i will
    use varnish
     
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    point taken, i will get me some brass ones, infact i just had a chat with friend minutes ago and he said i should also have used brass or aluminum ones so they dont rust.
    but i will have it changed, better safe than sorry ;)
     
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    You will also need to put some hole in it to allow the moist air to be removed, you may even what to put a small fan in it to circulate the air. You don't what moisture build up inside the canopy.
     
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    have that covered bro, you see the back has an open panel for the moist air, also have a fan to be connected in there :)
     
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    How big is the tank that you are setting up????
     
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    hi there kalkwasser
    my tank is a 2ft, its 61cm x 30cm x 30cm
    its a 60L tank :)
     
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    Will you be keeping coral???
     
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