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03-28-2013 02:39 AM

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I’m at the completion point of a new fish tank top and stand and wondering what is the best clear finish to use over hickory. I made a quicky wood top once out of cheaper lumber and it started to warp. This time I reinforced the top , will keep the original plastic top under mine to help keep moisture away and the back will be open to also help with moisture problems. What is the best finish to use in this case to retard the moisture? Help my fish are cramped in their temp home. Will send photo when finished.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams


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#1 posted 03-28-2013 02:46 AM

Should only be splashes and drips, I would use varnish or polyurethane.

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#2 posted 03-28-2013 03:00 AM

Hey Rick thanks for the quick reply Which polyurethane, the water base or the one used for hardwood floors?

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#3 posted 03-28-2013 03:30 AM

Water based will be less yellowing and quicker “drying.” If you like the amber tint use an oil based.

-- Steve in Richmond, VA

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#4 posted 03-28-2013 03:39 AM

Thanks Steve I’ll go with the water base, too much beauty in the wood to cover up with yellow tint. Will the water base hold up just as good or close as the oil base?

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#5 posted 03-28-2013 06:59 AM

Water or oil base, both are plenty tough. Buy a good brand.

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#6 posted 03-28-2013 08:54 AM

Nice informations for all fishers thanks….....

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#7 posted 03-29-2013 01:39 AM

I built a custom aquarium stand for a guy years back and he was adamant not to use any protective finish, I don’t know why but I wonder how it held up.

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#8 posted 03-29-2013 03:23 AM

Was out early this morning,bought the polyurethane,just applied a third coat.Will give it a final sand and a coat tomorrow. Hope to have it set up by tomorrow nite or early sat. Will post a pic then. I have to say myself it looks great. Even I would swim with the fishy’s By the way I like the stand. Black always has a unique look.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#9 posted 03-29-2013 11:59 AM

To prevent warping just seal the underside.

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#10 posted 03-30-2013 12:38 AM

Yes two coats were applied to be sure. Cabinet complete,water,rocks,fish,etc back in. When everything settles I’ll take a picture. Should be early tomorrow.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#11 posted 03-31-2013 12:06 AM

I typically use a few coats of polyurethane and have had no issues in the past going this route.

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#12 posted 03-31-2013 02:24 AM

Not sure how to post a picture here so I posted it on projects Thanks for the tips guys.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#13 posted 03-31-2013 05:49 AM

DoubleDD, above the text box for posting there are 4 buttons, the last one lets you post images.

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#14 posted 03-31-2013 12:24 PM

Dah If I had known it would be that easy I could of gone Easter egg hunting. Thanks Rick.!

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#15 posted 03-31-2013 05:25 PM

Great looking stand!

-- Steve in Richmond, VA

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