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10g aquarium rack completed

I finished my 10g aquarium rack and I'm pretty proud of it. I had to cut the dadoes for the shelves by hand with a back saw and hammer and chisel. All the legs are square to the shelves and plumb to the floor, and both shelves are level. Pictures:






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Looks like you planned it out well and executed that plan. I do not believe that the dado is necessary, but you got it done. Good work!


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Very nice solid work!
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Looks like you planned it out well and executed that plan. I do not believe that the dado is necessary, but you got it done. Good work!


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The dado might not be necessary, but it definitely gives me peace of mind knowing that weight is transferred directly to the ground through wood.

Looks like a sturdy rack!

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I finished my 10g aquarium rack and I'm pretty proud of it. I had to cut the dadoes for the shelves by hand with a back saw and hammer and chisel. All the legs are square to the shelves and plumb to the floor, and both shelves are level. Pictures:
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The dado might not be necessary, but it definitely gives me peace of mind knowing that weight is transferred directly to the ground through wood.

Looks like a sturdy rack!

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Stand looks great. Technically what you created there is a rabbet and not a dado but I'm being picky. In the future though you can save yourself a bit of work by essentially creating a half lap joint instead of cutting a rabbet or a dado. You could have sistered up 2x2s instead of using a single 2x4 as the legs. One of the 2x2s would be cut to length and the other would be cut shorter by 3.5" at the top and 3.5" at the bottom to allow those horizontal 2x4's to sit in place the same way (there is a better way to use words to describe this but its the best I've got at the end of the day right now lol). Theoretically its just as strong that way with a little less work to reach the same goal!

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