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post #526 of 607 (permalink) Old 03-26-2013, 05:16 PM
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Post pics of your DIY stands

My DIY Ada style 24" stand. It's also my first woodworking project. Funny that my wife now thinks I can build furniture for us!
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I like that!..........very "art-deco" (i think)

is it the photo, or is it a slant front on that tank?
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Thanks! It is the photo. The stand is pretty straight. 😁
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where do you guys find the panel covers and doors? Locally at Home Depot and Lowes I see items that cost as much as a normal stand by itself. I have a friend helping me put one together but I cant find cheap panels/doors. Any suggestions?
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long time ago i used a uesd, oak dbl sink (48") vanity, for a 55gal stand.
didn't pay half as much as you would for a "aquarium stand" all i had to do was slap a 3/4" top on it! and it looked sweet!
had swing doors, and a row of pull drawers! it was just as durable (if not more) the any generic stand.
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It should be pretty easy to modify kitchen/bath cabinets to fit the size of most tanks. Then add vertical support in the middle to avoid the top sagging, and it should work great as an aquarium stand. New, assemble it yourself cabinets aren't really cheap though.

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long time ago i used a uesd, oak dbl sink (48") vanity, for a 55gal stand.
didn't pay half as much as you would for a "aquarium stand" all i had to do was slap a 3/4" top on it! and it looked sweet!
had swing doors, and a row of pull drawers! it was just as durable (if not more) the any generic stand.
This is a great idea. I have an extra vanity in my basement. I might have to modify it.

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[QUOTE=Hoppy;2975082]It should be pretty easy to modify kitchen/bath cabinets to fit the size of most tanks. Then add vertical support in the middle to avoid the top sagging, and it should work great as an aquarium stand. New, assemble it yourself cabinets aren't really cheap though.[/QUOTE]


depends what you get, some are pricey! i'm a cheapskate, so an emphasis on the word used.....................lol

after over 3 years mine never sagged, if thats an issue. a used (found-free) granite/stone/slate top would fit the bill without a need to brace
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where do you guys find the panel covers and doors? Locally at Home Depot and Lowes I see items that cost as much as a normal stand by itself. I have a friend helping me put one together but I cant find cheap panels/doors. Any suggestions?
I bought my material in a local wood supply store. Pine wood board and laminate are both less than $40 for 4'x8'. Found Europe Hinge and leveling feet from amazon.com. In total material cost was around $300ish because I also had to buy tools like the drill beads and such. For me it's well worth it consider the real ADA 24" stand is $750 plus shipping and it was out of stock!
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Here's another approach: I framed out a stand during construction using 2x6 and 2x4 scraps, drywalled it and put oak flooring scraps on the top. Trimmed it with 1" pine. I made it for a 70G which sorta acts as a divider between the kitchen and living area. I'm still thinking about a background but it is nice to see the tank while doing dishes. I'm not covering up the filter/co2 -- (I like the way they look, thanks oldpunk!) so there are no doors. Pic of tank is during dry start. I was going to use 1" ID galvanized water pipe as DIY hangers for the light fixture -- you can see them thru the glass -- but I got a fixture from Build My Led which has a nice rim mount so I scrapped that idea.
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My cheap 20g DIY stand

Made this over the weekend. Under $40. Could've been cheaper, but I decided to use bolts instead of screws.

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little project from yesterday. still need to mount the doors, forgot the hinges in the am, as well as formica the sides and top. had all the material but the contact cement was toast, turned to jelly. still not bad for a few hours of casual DIY.


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long time ago i used a uesd, oak dbl sink (48") vanity, for a 55gal stand.
didn't pay half as much as you would for a "aquarium stand" all i had to do was slap a 3/4" top on it! and it looked sweet!
had swing doors, and a row of pull drawers! it was just as durable (if not more) the any generic stand.
I did the same for my 40g. I found a 36" cabinet at my local restore for $5. Painted it black, replaced the hinges and knobs. I didn't need to add anything to it, it was already very sturdy. $15 in total, and I trust it a heck of a lot more then I trust the stand for my 75g.

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My stand from last summer, let it be known Im 16 and have never tried to build anything like that before lol

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