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post #1 of 11 Old 12-22-2009, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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New new guy, Albany NY area

Well WOW, I can't believe it, a woodworking forum that has some real activity. What a great place, I'm very excited.

I'm a paramedic from near Albany, NY. At the moment I want to get my feet wet with some projects I've really been looking forward to. Around the start of summer I'll be moving into my first home and anticipate a desire to really put some work into it.

Anyways, I'm completely new with woodworking... But I have the funds and the drive to make it happen, so I'm here in hopes of finding some coaching from everything to what tools I'll need through to start and completion of some projects I've wanted to work on for a while now.

In particular, my abilities with Google Sketchup currently far outpace my ability to create what I Sketch. I've designed, what seems to me to be, a rather elaborate stand for a saltwater aquarium I have on order and would like some tips in building it. More like ALL the tips for building it heh. I have done a fair bit of research and I believe the blueprints to be of sound construction but beyond that, I'm pretty well lost.


Anyways, I'll be making a thread based around this in the very near future and any help would be appreciated.


Oh, and Hi from New York, can't wait to get started!
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This is good forum to learn from. You'll find a lot of experiance here and people willing to share it. Been real beneficial to me. You'll run into some real characters here, and they are the best part of the forum and on top of being real characters, they know their stuff and share it.

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Welcome. You'll find a reasonable SketchUp forum here, among other things, and a wealth of info on woodworking as you've already noted.

I envy you your proximity to Curtis Lumber (Curious Hardwoods), where I shop every couple of years when I'm in the neighborhood.

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I envy you your proximity to Curtis Lumber (Curious Hardwoods), where I shop every couple of years when I'm in the neighborhood.

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Thanks for the welcome everyone. Paul, is Curtis Lumber a particularly good place to go for better quality wood than I can find at Home Depot? There is one about 10 minutes from where I live so that'd be nice if it's the case.
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Thanks for the welcome everyone. Paul, is Curtis Lumber a particularly good place to go for better quality wood than I can find at Home Depot? There is one about 10 minutes from where I live so that'd be nice if it's the case.
For common woods such as oak and such that you can find at a big box store, Curtis is no better, BUT Curious Lumber is the EXOTIC arm of Curtis and it has stuff folks in the big box stores never heard of and the prices, while not the best in the country, are acceptable for most species they carry. You can check out my comparative lumber price listing (see the url below my name) if you're not sure what's reasonable.

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Welcome from Texas

Welcome to the forum.
Can not wait to see pics of the project.
That reminds me I need to post mine.

How much water are you planning on supporting? Water weight approximately 8 lbs per gallon.
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Welcome to the forum.
Can not wait to see pics of the project.
That reminds me I need to post mine.

How much water are you planning on supporting? Water weight approximately 8 lbs per gallon.

Thank you.

I've included most of the info right in the thread. http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f9/aq...me-help-13983/

However, to answer your specific question, I need to support around 400lbs on top of the stand with an additional 400lbs or so from additional tanks/equipment inside of the stand.
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