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Building a stand... Without power tools?

I love all these DIY stands, but is it possible to do without any power sanders, saws, etc?


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yes they didn't have power tools back then haha. just going to need a lot of elbow grease and patience. just make sure you get everything evenly cut when putting it together. good luck on your diy stand.
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One power tool you'll definitely need would be a drill.
You can bother your neighborhood Home Depot or Lowes to cut the pieces fore you. Have a list of wood lengths you'll need.

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One power tool you'll definitely need would be a drill.
You can bother your neighborhood Home Depot or Lowes to cut the pieces fore you. Have a list of wood lengths you'll need.
They cut for free?


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Building a stand... Without power tools?

Just a drill or power driver will make a big difference, but I do most my cutting by hand.

This helps a lot to get straight cuts.

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Yes they do!

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One power tool you'll definitely need would be a drill.
You can bother your neighborhood Home Depot or Lowes to cut the pieces fore you. Have a list of wood lengths you'll need.
Unless you have picked up skills in Nailing .
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Just a drill or power driver will make a big difference, but I do most my cutting by hand.

This helps a lot to get straight cuts.

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I love all these DIY stands, but is it possible to do without any power sanders, saws, etc?


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If you get a good quality hand saw and learn proper technique you can make good cuts and build a quality project. The hardest thing to cut with a handsaw though is plywood.

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you could go so far as to build the stand without screws and rely on conventional building and joinery techniques. a mortise and tenon would be plenty strong enough to support a tank. just get some good old tite bond 3 and your joint will be strong than the wood itself.
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In addition to the glue you can peg the joint. M&T joints take practice though to get a good slip fit. But all you need is a hand saw and a sharp chisel.

You could also drill your holes with a bit and brace. Screw them together with it also.

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i'd definitely vote for either a through tenon or a wedge. I think both of those are fairly attractive.
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Unless you have picked up skills in Nailing .
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In addition to the glue you can peg the joint. M&T joints take practice though to get a good slip fit. But all you need is a hand saw and a sharp chisel.
LOTS of PRACTICE... years maybe. I'm amazed at the skill needed to make M&T by hand.

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I just built a stand using only a drill. I had home depot cut everything to length and then used wood screws to screw everything together. All I used as a drill was one of those handheld drills that you usually use for screws. I hand-sanded everything and hand-sawed every piece that needed to have the length adjusted. It took a really long time, but I enjoy the smell of the wood.
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Have Chuck Norris tell your pile of wood to build itself into a stand.

a good handsaw can do some damage with good technique and some wd-40. Clamp a straight edge for straight cuts. You can usually find a uber cheap "tool shop" drill at menards. Prob cost ya $20.00.
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