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DIY 90 Gallon Stand with pictures-UPDATED

Here is my first venture into my diy stand for my 90 gallon aquarium and really first venture into woodworking in general. Feel free to critique and offer any insight. My plans are to skin the stand with oak plywood and install some oak doors on the front and finish with some trim around the top and bottom of the stand. I have thought about applying a water sealant to the pine and plywood(structural supports). Any thoughts?

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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-09-2013, 04:21 AM
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Wow, that is one strong stand! What is its weight?
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It is always better to over engineer when you aren't an engineer...

That thing will last a good while, I would not worry about sealing the structural part of your stand, if you are getting your stand wet enough to worry you, you probably have bigger problems...
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Geeze Louise, did you leave a zero off of your tank volume?

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Geeze Louise, did you leave a zero off of your tank volume?
Haha yeah I was a little paranoid about making sure it was good and strong haha. I had to make sure the wife approved of sitting the tank on the stand in our living room. So yeah I'm sure it is way over built.
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Wow thats one nice stand man, great job !
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Wow thats one nice stand man, great job !
Thanks!

Should have an update hopefully today with the oak skinning.
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Nice build, and DIY builds (I think) are much more reliable then a store bought stand. They just feel more sturdy, and they can support so much more weight then intended. I treated mine with water sealant. I make a mess when i do water changes. I think it would be a good idea, since wood expands when its wet. That could be a recipe for disaster. And there cheaper I just completed a 40 gallon breeder stand last week. Got it up and supporting the tank now.

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Nice build, and DIY builds (I think) are much more reliable then a store bought stand. They just feel more sturdy, and they can support so much more weight then intended. I treated mine with water sealant. I make a mess when i do water changes. I think it would be a good idea, since wood expands when its wet. That could be a recipe for disaster. And there cheaper I just completed a 40 gallon breeder stand last week. Got it up and supporting the tank now.

Thanks!

I like the look of your build, really well done.
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Update with pics

Here is a quick update with the oak skinning. I have cut out the three panels and have stained the side that will be inside the cabinet, so I could work out any errors I made in the staining process and not have it exposed. This is the first coat of dark walnut stain.
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Quick update.

This has taken a bit longer than expected but here are some pictures before I begin staining the outside. The inside facing pieces have already been stained and poly'd.
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Looking good so far. Woodworking projects (at least in my case) always take longer than expected. Don't rush. That's how mistakes happen.
It'll be a really nice stand when you're done.
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Looking good so far. Woodworking projects (at least in my case) always take longer than expected. Don't rush. That's how mistakes happen.
It'll be a really nice stand when you're done.
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Thanks Rodney!

If there is one thing I have learned in doing this is take your time. Measure twice and cut once as they say. In my case I think I measured 3 or 4 times haha.
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I was hoping to get a large going (go big or go home, eh?) and looking around at stands... MAN that's where they get ya. I was wondering if building is also cost efficient as well? I mean it seems to be, but I'm not a builder so I was curious how much is material?
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I was hoping to get a large going (go big or go home, eh?) and looking around at stands... MAN that's where they get ya. I was wondering if building is also cost efficient as well? I mean it seems to be, but I'm not a builder so I was curious how much is material?
Hi BittyB

That is exactly why I decided to build my own. On top of that, I found the stands in the stores to be rather unappealing for a tank to sit on and have the stand function as a piece of furnture as many of them have a very cheap looking feel to them.

My stand was considerably more expensive because of a few things

1. I overbuilt the stand which resulted in me buying at least 4 or more pieces of 2x4s. I also could have probably built the stand with smaller dimensions of wood (many of the stands out there use dimensions smaller than a 2x4s).

2. I decided to skin the stand with oak plywood and oak trim.

3. I had to purchase some equipment for me to complete the build properly (jigsaw, new circular saw, mitre saw etc). They were not purchased solely for this purpose, but I am a new home owner and fairly young, only 25, so I did not have a lot of the tools to build anything really, so they will be put to good use over the years.

4. I decided to stain and poly the stand instead of painting.


All in all, for the materials (wood, oak plywood, regular plywood, trim, stain, screws), I would say it cost me around $200-$250. This is for a stand that I know will support the weight, will look nice, and probably last at least 20+ years.

Hope this helps in your decision making process. Aside from my workbench, which was based on the blueprint for the tank stand, I have not had any woodworking experience, so it is certainly doable if you are a novice
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