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Old 06-05-2008, 04:08 AM   #1
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neonmkr's 75 stand *56K warning* updated 8/3/08


Seems like a number of people like to check out diy stands, so here is the one I'm working on.
The carcass is 3/4" oak ply with solid oak trim. The opening at the top of the back is for filter lines, power cords, etc. to pass through. I haven't completed thedoors yet, but they will be flat panel doors, inset in the openings.
I'm building it to match the furniture in my family room, which is some what dictated the design.
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Let me know what you think.
I'll also post some pics of the canopy as I build it. I'll make that out of aluminum, more like a strip light. I haven't settled on a design yet.
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Old 06-05-2008, 02:22 PM   #2
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Looks very nice. Clean and functional.
I especially like the slot in the rear.
Why did you choose not to have the rear sheet extend from top to bottom? I'm thinking you might have achieved the slot with a sixeable cutout, which might have provided more stability.
Could you post a couple of pics from the side/angle? And perhaps from the bottom with the stand laid on its back?
What did you use for the corner uprights? And the "skirt" on the front bottom?
How is the bottom frame constructed? The rear view shows that it is not a "box."
I repear, this looks very nice. Sturdy, but not grossly overbuilt. I'm just curious about a couple of your choices.
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Old 06-05-2008, 03:07 PM   #3
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The sides of the stand are ply. The face frame is 1x2 oak & the bottom skirt is 1x3 oak that I cut down to 5/8" thick and is flush with the back of the side frame. This gives it a 1/8" recess. The rear sheet is 1/4" ply with a header stirp of 1x2. the header strip & top strip on the back, as well as the face frame are held together with pocket screws & glue. The purpose of the back is to keep the case square which it can do without going all the way to the top. I have a 1x2 running up the center of the back to provide support for the top. By leaving it open instead of cutting it out it was easier & gives me more flexability for placement of hoses & cords, etc. It also worked out that way because of the size of material I had on hand. I've built stands like this before & that opening really comes in handy. I will cutting a hole in the bottom corner for a power cord to pass through. The bottom is basically a shelf resting on another piece of ply attached to the sides. The photos of the bottom & end shot didn't turn out very well, so as soon as I get new ones taken, I'll post them.
Thanks for the compliments.
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Old 06-05-2008, 05:17 PM   #4
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Very nice stand. Now that is is getting warmer here you guys are really making me want to get going on my project list.
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:12 PM   #5
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So basically, your stand will be supported by the 2 side pieces of 3/4 ply?

That is so much less "structure" than most DIYers include. You sure it will hold? How big of a tank would you trust on that construction?
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The center braces will also be supporting the tank. The weight will be transfered to the bottom that is resting on pieces of ply attached to the sides. I'm also going to add a 2x centered on the bottom to transfer the weight to the floor. If I were building a stand for a longer tank, I would probably beef up some of the supports and maybe add another set of verticle supports. As long you keep any side to side movement from occuring, then all the weight is transfered straight to the floor. The frame, shelf, & cross braces on the back along wiht the ply on the back will keep side movement from happening. I don't feel there will be any problem for this stand to support the 75.
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Old 06-06-2008, 01:32 PM   #7
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Very nice craftsmanship. Your stand is one of the few DIY stands that I have seen that are not grossly over engineered/built. Good use of materials.

Do you turn you filter(s) and/or pump(s) off at feeding time? You might want to include a toggle switch on the side of the cabinet to make the process a breeze. I need to go back and retro one of my stands to facilitate the feeding process.

Please keep us updated.
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So basically, your stand will be supported by the 2 side pieces of 3/4 ply?

That is so much less "structure" than most DIYers include. You sure it will hold? How big of a tank would you trust on that construction?
Even if just supported at the corners, rather than along the entire bottom, each panel is capable of supporting over 3000 lbs. It just needs to be constrained so it stays vertical.

Most DIYers don't know how to do structural calcs, so they build something more appropriate for an addition totheir house.

The only thing that looks like a possible concern with this design is that the face frame members may be a bit on the narrow side. The joints between the rails and stiles are what serve to provide racking resistance in the front; it's more difficult to do this as the members get narrower.
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Here's a side view showing the center bracing as well as the front brace along the top. All joints on the front frame are pocket screws, as well as the top brace to the sides The apron along the bottm is pocket screwed into the face piece on the bottom shelf as well. I really don't think I'll have a problem with any racking of the frame. I'll post more pics as I progress.
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I like it! It's different than the standard aquarium stand.
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neonmkr -

Thats a nice looking stand. I can't wait to see it in action!
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Thanks everyone for the compliments.
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What are you going to use to finish the stand?
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I'll be using Minwax Wood Sheen, color rosewood. It will take a few coats to get it to the color I want. I'm matching some other furniture & it comes pretty darn close. I'll follow that up with multiple coats of polyurethane.
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Wasn't able to work in the yard this weekend, so I was able to get a little more done on the stand. Here are some photos.
I added a corner block in the back corners for added stability.
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Here's a front corner detail where the apron meets the side & shelf/
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I also attached a supprot in the middle of the stand along the back. (stand is on its top)
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this is a detail of the top corner bracing & where the front frame & top brace meet(looking at it from the inside)
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