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Old 01-06-2005, 02:24 AM   #16
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<snip> Next to staring at my tanks, making sawdust is the best form of time wasting there is !
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Old 02-02-2005, 05:40 AM   #17
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I am a huge fan of over engeneering something, espically a stand. My 90gal is on a 2x4 frame with notched 4x4 legs and a 2x4 base, you could park a truck on it. Plus I know I am not the best carpenter I know that even with slight imperfections in the stand, My tank aint going anywhere!
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Old 02-02-2005, 07:57 AM   #18
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See how your stand has the tank protruding out over the legs of the stand, supported only by the board top of the stand, do u think u will run into troubles with board warping and hence tank cracking???? I generally like to make my stands so each corner of the tank sits on a leg and the cross beams run under the edges of the tank. My thinking always was if the board warps due to the tank weight, the tank will crack. Especially if u happen to spill water on the board, it will generally warp for sure unless u used Marine ply. What do others think?
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Old 02-02-2005, 10:22 PM   #19
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I found this the other day on one of the reef forums.
www.fishandtips.com
Check out the DIY Stand feature under "tools".
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Old 02-09-2005, 05:27 PM   #20
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Very interesting, but it's not exactly correct. For one thing a 2x4 isn't 2x4 but rather 1.5x3.5. So the numbers don't add up.
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Old 02-10-2005, 12:14 AM   #21
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I currently have a heavy 2x4 framed stand under construction. It will hold a 75g acrylic tank. The stand will receive a plywood top (needed for the acrylic ) and shelf. I will then wrap it with 1/2 birch ply. It took 6 2x4s to build the frame at 4'x18" x 29" high.
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Old 02-10-2005, 04:02 AM   #22
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If you haven't chatted with FeatherFinFan yet you should. He's one of the old school DIY'ers and has built practically every part of a tank and stand that you can think of. Go check out some of his work on http://cichlid-forum.com.
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Old 08-19-2005, 11:21 AM   #23
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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).
Did you ever build this stand. Would be neat to see wiht the LED's
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Old 08-22-2005, 07:02 PM   #24
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You could even take a nice sturdy framework like brookline's and drywall it (yeah, I know you'll still need to add doors). Drywall may not sound water-friendly, and it isn't, but neither is the wall against which you're going to put the stand. Painted drywall is just as durable a veneer as thin hardwood skin if you aren't planning on moving it much. You can wipe water off anything and painted drywall cleans up nicely. It's not like it's structural and will cause problems if you somehow manage to soak it.

I really like some of the stands y'all have made. I do feel strongly about stands that are not furniture grade. Very bad! These stands are much nicer than the easily-found prefab ones. Much.
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Old 08-24-2005, 04:19 PM   #25
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Here's a picture of my DIY tank and stand. I'm currently working on the canopy and, as you can see, I still need to make the stand door.



I drew up the plans myself based on the standard 2x4 frame.

A new stand I'm drawing up right now will be made out of a 3/4" MDF frame and wrapped with 1/4" cherry plywood and solid cherry trim. I have no idea how much it would cost to buy something like it, but if I make everything myself including the fluted/bead molding and the flat panel door, it'll price out to roughly $275 (with matching canopy.) Not bad considering some of the aweful crap I've seen for twice that much.
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