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skinz180189 11-14-2009 04:01 PM

Rekord 120 DIY Tank Stand - Progress Thread
I've recently acquired myself a Rekord 120, to merge both the 60 and 40 Litre fishtanks into. It came with a cheap metal stand, that there is no way I'm using on laminate flooring. The cross section of the feet is so small that with 120-150kg on it, it would punch straight through the flooring and into the floorboards. Plus I want to hide away the external filter & air pump, plus make some space to stick my DVDs/Games into, and also all the associated fish care items.

I've took inspiration from many DIY tank threads & articles I've browsed throughout the internet, and am working to this design, with a few tweaks.

I'm using 75mm x 47mm (almost 3"x2") timber, as that was easier to acquire.

All the wood is cut to length, and I've spent a few hours this afternoon making the top and bottom framework. I've now run out of screws, so progress can't continue as of yet! Luckily, my sister doesn't live at home anymore, so her room's become the workshop for the construction process lol.
The left frame will be the bottom one, the right frame the top. As you can see, I've put a brace into the bottom one, and 2 braces into the top one. This was because I had a bit of extra wood left over, and figured I should over engineer it a little. I plan to sit the stand and the tank on some kind of foam, as the laminate flooring isn't perfectly flat, and obviously on the top to ensure the tank doesn't crack when full of water.

This shot shows how high the stand will be;

And this shot shows the TetraTec EX1200 external filter just about fits in there, with a little room to spare!

I've no idea on what external finish and internal arrangement to go for yet, I'll decide on that once I've got the frame made.

skinz180189 11-15-2009 01:31 PM

Well progress is halted after 30 minutes today, my borrowed cordless screwdriver has already run out of power :rolleyes:, struggling to screw through 3 inch of wood.
So tomorrow I'll get one of my drill bits from work, and drill holes for the screws to follow, should make life easier for the feeble thing.

One update is I've got myself some lovely handles...

They're a brushed effect but glossy, and will blend nicely with my current bedroom decor.

Hoppy 11-15-2009 03:24 PM

Looks good so far, but I had to laugh about the handles. I always think of handles after the whole stand is finished, sitting in the living room, with a tank on it, and my finger nails are getting broken by prying the door open. A nice thing about this type of stand is that you can do pretty much anything you want with the exterior, since it is mostly there for looks. Are you going for the ADA look?

skinz180189 11-15-2009 03:27 PM

Well I was in Homebase (a large DIY store) getting screws, and my girlfriend was looking at handles. I saw them and thought well I like them, so I might aswell get them now.

I'd like something similar to the ADA look yes, but don't think I'll be able to afford laminate for the finish. I'll have to think long and hard about what to do finish wise.

skinz180189 11-18-2009 07:24 PM

Latest progress....

That's just a dry run mind, no screws lol. This is where I really am progress wise...

So that's 4 screw strips fixed to the base and one corner built.

Hoppy 11-18-2009 11:06 PM

That is going to be a very strong stand. (I was about to jump up and down on it to demonstrate that, so I'm glad you told us there are no screws holding it together:icon_mrgr) Be sure to use glue on those joints, in addition to the screws. Glue will be the primary thing that holds it together.

skinz180189 11-19-2009 06:28 AM

On which joints Hoppy? The legs, or dismantle it and glue the lot?

Hoppy 11-19-2009 03:31 PM

I would glue every joint. Yellow woodworking glue makes a joint that is much stronger than the wood itself, leaving the screws there primarily to hold the parts until the glue sets. If you glue two boards together, then cut a 1/8" piece off and try to break the glue joint, the wood will always break first. I rarely use any screws or nails when I make an aquarium stand, relying entirely on the glue to hold it together.

skinz180189 11-19-2009 04:02 PM

Some of those screws aren't going to be coming out, the heads are a bit chewed from using my neighbour's poor drill driver.

Hoppy 11-19-2009 07:02 PM

The joints attaching the vertical pieces to the horizontal ones are the most important ones. Those making the bottom and top frames have little stress on them anyway.

skinz180189 11-19-2009 08:49 PM

Fair enough, will just glue what I can :)

dantimdad 11-20-2009 01:06 AM

I agree with hoppy. 90% of the time, I take screws out after the glue dries and reuse them on another project. It's like using hundreds of tiny clamps.


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