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Old 01-04-2005, 01:24 PM   #1
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Plans for Building a tank stand


Well, I got cool new Miter saw for Xmas, and I'm dying to bulid something with it. I've been needing a stand for 20g tank, so I thought I would give it a shot.

Where is a good resource for finding some plans to build it? I'm probalby just going to use pine, as this is my first attempt, and it will keep the cost down in case I screw up.
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Old 01-04-2005, 02:26 PM   #2
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Have a look at mine in my journal (page 1).
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Old 01-04-2005, 03:08 PM   #3
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Very cool looking! I would be very interested in the plans for that. I figure I could scale it down a bit for my tank.
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I posted my "plans" on p.2 of the journal.

It'd be perfect for an open-top design.
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Old 01-05-2005, 05:55 AM   #5
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Why don't you build your own design? You know what your tastes are like and what will match your decor. You got the tools. I say build something special!!!! Then you can wow your friends and say "I designed and built it"
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Old 01-05-2005, 09:03 AM   #6
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But you see, I'm not a carpenter and I need to practice on something. Might as well make something useful and proven works. Don't worry I've got several other projects that will be done that I will design and build on my own.
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Old 01-05-2005, 02:29 PM   #7
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Heres mine,
http://www.aquascapingjournals.com/journals/cabinet.htm
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Old 01-05-2005, 05:40 PM   #9
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Try MDF my hubby and I just built a stand for our 20 g for xmas. We made it a corner unit. we used 2x4 framing but faced it with MDF and added two doors in the front. The MDF is cheap adds beef to it and did I mention its cheap. We made the stand twice once with out CAD and once with.lol
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Having built more than a few stands for myself and for others, I would tell you too avoid using ANY wood composite material and stick with solid wood, if you have to used an engineered product at all, plywood would be the only thing I would recommend. Particle board and MDF are very poor materials to use in projects that may get wet or bear substantial weight.
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So do the home DIYers substantially overbuild everything when using stud framing? The stand I got with my 125g tank is made from 3/4" pine boards ( ) with some plywood and particle board used in non-weight bearing areas.
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Old 01-05-2005, 11:22 PM   #12
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3/4" pine is good as long as you pay attention to what the load is doing. My 75 gallon is sitting on a stand made of 3/4" pine, has been for over a year now.

Stud framing isn't over kill at all, in fact, as far as I'm concerned, there is no such thing as overkill when you consider the consequences of a tank collapsing. The nice thing about building a 2X4 subframe is the strength you get for the money, and you can just overlay it with 1/4" hardwood plywood and it looks great.

I prefer to use solid hardwoods when I can or my customers can afford it just because my father detested anything BUT solid hardwood, he wouldn't even look at pine unless it was clear, which is not much less than oak anymore. I use a lot of of furniture grade plywood, especially if the hardwood alternative is too expensive, but even plyood with a good veneer isn't cheap, a sheet of cherry just ran me over $130.00, oak is about $50.00, birch is not bad at around $40.00.

I just started a shaker style stand for a customer, I'll keep a photo journal and post the process, for anyone who thinks they aren't a carpenter, hopefully they'll see how hard it isn't. Next to staring at my tanks, making sawdust is the best form of time wasting there is !
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I used furniture grade 3/4" ply for my 135 gallon aquarium stand and its doing very well. Better in fact.... then the 2 x 6 framed stand I built before that was supporting the 135 before it unzipped... related? I dunno... but I take no chances any more
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If you use a subframe method, it is absolutely essential to make sure it is properly braced to avoid movement, but simply gluing the skin to it should be adequate.

Plywood is excellent for strength, but I have an addiction to raised panels and trust me when I say plywood just doesn't make for a good look when beveled.
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Old 01-06-2005, 12:21 AM   #15
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heh heh.. I agree... When I move (soon) I will be building a new stand for the 135 using all hardwoods with glassed in areas for equipment (Dark tinted glass, the equipment will be backlit with Red LED's for effect).
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