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i am wanting to build a viv stack. i have sent off for quote, but wanted to price up and see if it was cheaper to do it myself.

however i am struggling to find large sheets of wood, i am talking big. I want 5 pieces measuring 180x45cm thats 6foot x 18inches. and wanted to make it from like one or 2 pieces of wood, so i would need pieces like 6 foot x 4 or 5 foot. I am after maple/beech/pine effect contiboard.

i priced up the wood at B&Q and made a cost of £150!! which i think is a bit too high, especially since i have not brought any glass yet, and i swear people on here have built stacks for alot cheaper than that including glass.

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any other help or advice would be greatly appreciated
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people do build them cheaper but not out of coloured Contiboard as its about £20 a sheet for a 6x2.
You'd need to use sheets of wood (MDF, Marine Ply etc etc) and then stain it to get the cost down.
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Sorry mate i wouldnt know on the contiboard as i use MDF for all my vivs.

Looking at your design though you may have to overcome a few problems with it as you have no way of insulating each vivs heat from the others with having one sheet acting as the top of one viv and the bottom of the other.
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It might be ok though Boa's. Looking at their pet list most would be using a heat mat (i presume) apart from the rankins which could go at the top.
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people do build them cheaper but not out of coloured Contiboard as its about £20 a sheet for a 6x2.
You'd need to use sheets of wood (MDF, Marine Ply etc etc) and then stain it to get the cost down.
but doesnt MDF look really tacky? and i don't know anything about marine ply, what does it look like?

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Sorry mate i wouldnt know on the contiboard as i use MDF for all my vivs.

Looking at your design though you may have to overcome a few problems with it as you have no way of insulating each vivs heat from the others with having one sheet acting as the top of one viv and the bottom of the other.
err mate, thats what a viv stack is, it is so it saves on wood lol
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rankins isn't going in rack, the rack is going to house:

trinkets, male corn, 2 hognoses, 2 spotted pythons, 2 cresties and a garg
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how are you planning on heating it?
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you could do it in MDF or even stirling board, varnish the insides with a water based varnish to seal it and make it look better and then coat the outside with iron on veneer { Vale Veneers } - iron-on veneer

the iron on veneer is pretty much how contiboard and MFC (unbranded Contiboard) is made. Chipboard with the melamine coating on it.
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corns, and hognoses are having heater pads on the back of the vivs, i am using hardboard as the back, which is thin and works well at letting heat through.

trinket snakes and spotted pythons are having ceramics. trinkets are going top left so heat does not interfere with vivs above. spotted pythons are going below the 2 arboreal vivs. as they will have the geckos on, which do not go on the ground very often and will not be heated as my room is warm enough for them. any heat passed through from the viv below will not make that much of a difference.

but please can we go back to my original question of where can i get big sheets of wood? oh and if i use marine ply, what varnish should i use?
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but doesnt MDF look really tacky? and i don't know anything about marine ply, what does it look like?



err mate, thats what a viv stack is, it is so it saves on wood lol
Tom i know what you are getting at.Yes it saves on wood but do you really want to risk the health of your reptiles for the sake of a few quid.Trust me i have built plenty of vivs and stacks in the past and i have learnt the hard way.I was only trying to help you avoid the problems that many others have dealt with in the past
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