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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(JkdJedi @ Jun 5 2011, 02:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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Could a 1/4 inch thick acrylic sheet be used in a standard size 125? I'm sure you'll cover this later on how to calculate thickness (if you have to, I don't really know). Great series, thanks Joey!
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No, but you could get by with 10mm as a minimum. Id personally use 12mm for a higher safety factor.You could how ever, use 6mm for the base of the tank, since the bottom offers no support. Since acrylic tank must be on a stand that has a fully covered top, all weight is transferred to the stand that was on the acrylic bottom.
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Could a 1/4 inch thick acrylic sheet be used in a standard size 125? I'm sure you'll cover this later on how to calculate thickness (if you have to, I don't really know). Great series, thanks Joey!
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No, but you could get by with 10mm as a minimum. Id personally use 12mm for a higher safety factor.You could how ever, use 6mm for the base of the tank, since the bottom offers no support. Since acrylic tank must be on a stand that has a fully covered top, all weight is transferred to the stand that was on the acrylic bottom.
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LOL...that would explain why my 60g acrylic tank busted on me 10 years ago.. :lol: Had it on a regular stand without a fully covered top.. :unsure:
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How tolerant are any errors with this step Joey? What I mean is if there is a slight difference in the depth of the scrape and it creates a small separation when you put the edges together to weld - how will the weld react?

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How tolerant are any errors with this step Joey? What I mean is if there is a slight difference in the depth of the scrape and it creates a small separation when you put the edges together to weld - how will the weld react?

Thanks - this is great!

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Very good question. The saw marks will be consistent for the entire length of the edge... so there is no reason to spend too much time on one spot. If you make long and consistent strokes, you wont have any issues. Its not easy to actually do damage to the acrylic like most think. You need to apply some real pressure to the edge to scrap it off.

My first time, i was very nervous... but it was for no good reason. It was way easier than i thought. You just have to be careful not to actually scrap the corners. So hold the blade flat.

Honestly... its way easier then it looks, and just some basic care not to spend a lot of time on one spot is all you need to worry about.
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