Glueing thin walnut to a fish tank stand?

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Forum topic by Vasko posted 05-01-2011 03:23 AM 1840 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2011 03:23 AM

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Do you think this will work or not? I have two pine fish tank stands – one for a 40g breeder, one for a standard 55g tank. I hate the pale pine color. I’m toying with sanding them down and either painting the wood like an antique milk paint treatment to match my walls, or glueing thin (3/8”) 4” wide walnut panels to the stripped pine – basically encasing the stands. Do you think such a thing would work?

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#1 posted 05-01-2011 03:51 AM

yes it will work … give it a try

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#2 posted 05-01-2011 03:53 AM

you can buy peel and stick venner from rockler i know it sounds cheap but i have used on cabinet refacing jobs and havent had call back

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#3 posted 05-01-2011 04:40 AM

I would go with paint. I have had many fish tanks over the years and inevitably water gets all over the stands one way or another especially if you have a sump. A nice coat of paint would offer more protection imho.

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#4 posted 05-01-2011 06:27 AM

BURN IT.. no really.. grab a torch and burn it. I forget what the technique is called, but a little singe can make pine really pop. You could also make it look driftwood-y and maybe attach some driftwood pieces to the base.. I know this falls outside of the params of what you specified, but since when does the texture queen shy away from a challenge and contemplate just using paint? ^_^ You know I kid.. But I had stand for a 32 gallon half octagon tank that had a cabinet door with a driftwood handle and some pieces screwed on from the inside.

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#5 posted 05-01-2011 12:50 PM

Great ideas! I’m usually bored at work on a Sunday (it’s so slow until church gets out) but today I’ll have the ol’ gears grinding – lol. Going rustic? Why didn’t that even enter my head? Y’know Dan, both tanks are in the living room, as will be (soon, really!) those two walnut window/cat benches. They’re going to have driftwood legs…hmmm…

Now I’ll have to decide between rustic, walnut, or milk paint/early American. ‘Cause we all know how those Colonials loved their aquaruims ; ) Walnut with rustic driftwood handles & accents? Painted with driftwood accents? I do have a propane torch, so burning then staining the pine – a darker wood tone or tinted with a color – are options too. But that pale yellow pine has got to go!

Well I’m off to work. I’ll let you know if I narrow it down!

-- - Cindy, texture freak -

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#6 posted 05-09-2011 11:39 PM

Since I’m so messy during water changes, I’m going to do a finish that will allow me to top off with a marine varnish. The smaller 40g tank is already set up, and the two tanks are set up corner to corner, making a right angle. I’ve decided to strip the original pine cabinets, and stain them a medium walnut. I’ll either go rustic with driftwood handles, or go for a different look by using hammered wrought iron handles and a trim that matches my window casing. Since there are large knots in the pine, it’ll probably be rustic… Thanks everyone!

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#7 posted 05-10-2011 02:46 AM

I took the marine varnish route also. 15 years later, lots of water splashed (well, some water splashed), and it looks good as new. (Sorry for the bad quality picture)

I like the look of wood far more than paint, and after multiple coats of marine varnish and kept indoors, I would think you could have a very long-lasting finish.

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