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My take on a DIY stand

Top frame is 2x6, the rest is 2x4, glued and screwed. I attached the legs to the top and bottom with pocket screws. It was my first time using pocket screws…I'm sold!


Close-up of the joints.


I skinned it with 1/4" plywood, glued and attached with 3/4" brads from a cheapo Menards brad nailer (works great BTW). The front and back are one piece with the openings cut-out. I actually drilled the corners with a 1/2" spade bit and made the straight cuts with a circular saw. I had to clean-up the corners with a dremel and a sanding bit. I'm suprised at how nice they turned out. The top sheet is 3/4" MDF (sealed and painted on the finished product). It was actually a tad too narrow so rather than cutting an odd corner out of an entire sheet, I just split a 48" piece in two so that I could get the ends out to the edge. You can see the little supports I put in for the corners of the bottom shelf, glued and screwed.



I primed and spray-painted the outside black satin and the inside I made a gray-green just for the hell of it. On the top, I also actually siliconed the inside corners wherever there is a joint to protect from the infiltration of moisture. It's hard to see in the pictures, but I put a piece of outside corner trim on the vertical front edges to cover the edges of the plywood.



Finally, here it is set-up.



I didn't put any doors on it since I put a chair in front of it anyway.
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good work, i like it!
personally would have gone for 1 solid color (all black in this case to match the trim of your tank)

...unless of course youre planning to make a hood too with the same wood trim...HINT HINT

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I see in your 5th picture the back of your trim on top of the stand is not stained I am hoping you at least clear-coated it to protect the trim from water damage.

great job! the stand looks very nice. Pocket screws are awefully handy for making most types of furniture. Definitely often overlooked as far as fastener applications go.

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good work, i like it!
personally would have gone for 1 solid color (all black in this case to match the trim of your tank)

...unless of course youre planning to make a hood too with the same wood trim...HINT HINT
That was the plan, I even bought the extra trim for that, but I really like having an open top so I've put that plan on hold until I decide for sure.
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with it right behind your couch like that...Im almost certain youre gonna go closed top

with the lights in a canopy there will be over spill (which would be annoying if you were trying to watch tv in a dark room) and the water will splash...meaning future stains on the furniture

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I love the two tone! You should make a ring for the top out of a 1" peice of matching wood. That would bring it all together.

What are you doing for lights?


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I love the two tone! You should make a ring for the top out of a 1" peice of matching wood. That would bring it all together.

What are you doing for lights?
I may yet make something for the top. A hood or a decorative thingy to make it match. Something.

I've just got a Coralife 2x T5NO fixture sitting on the tank. It's not real pretty but it sure makes it easy to fiddle around in the tank.
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Since you already have a rim on the tank, you could just attach pieces of the wood trim, cut to the right size to that rim, so the rim becomes the same color and pattern as the wood trim on the stand. Then you could hang a light fixture above the tank, and have the best possible lighting system.

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What did you use to drill the holes for the pocket screws?

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Since you already have a rim on the tank, you could just attach pieces of the wood trim, cut to the right size to that rim, so the rim becomes the same color and pattern as the wood trim on the stand. Then you could hang a light fixture above the tank, and have the best possible lighting system.
I've been reading about lighting position here and have been re-thinking my set-up. Unfortunately, I would have to move the tank to do this because of the light spillage.

I plan to move it to another room eventually, and when I do, I will be looking into hanging lights.
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What did you use to drill the holes for the pocket screws?
http://www.kregtool.com/Pocket-Hole-Jigs-Prodlist.html

I borrowed a set from a friend that he has never used (I'm definitely buying a set before my next project). Very easy to set-up and use. Only issue is with softer wood like whitewood you can have tear-out on the angled hole. Doesn't matter for a 2x4 frame that no one will see though.
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I love this stand, great job!

Did you just route out the hole for the front? It looks like one solid piece.
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I really like the contrast in color: Black in the field, and richly colored wood trim.
Definitely repeat this for whatever hood or even hanging light fixture you decide on.
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