So I posted this a while back in somebody else's thread. Thought it'd be good to have its own so more folks can potentially see it and get their own creative juices going. Below is the stand I built about a year ago to house our very large goldfish (after 10 years he has unfortunately passed on just recently). In our house there was no other place to put it but in our foyer near the front door. The requirement from the SO was that it also have a shelf for keys/mail/etc, as it would also be replacing a small bookshelf that originally served that purpose.
2"x 2" maple (1.5" actual)
3/16" ply for the sides/back
3/4" ply under the tank and for the shelf
3/4" x 6" maple for the doors (in hindsight I should've just used ply as the boards were still a bit warped and I don't have access to a planer)
Kreg pocket hole jig
Router table and 3/16" straight 2-fluted bit
Everything was put together w/ just pocket hole screws and glue. Sides/back are floating in a ~1/4" deep dado cut into the 2"x 2" maple boards. The top piece was made by making 3/4" x 3/4" rabbet cuts into the top inside edges of the maple (I just used a table saw as I didn't have the proper router rabbet bit), squared up w/ 45 deg cut corners, and then dropping the ply into the middle before clamping, gluing and screwing. Plastic wood putty was applied into any gaps between the maple and ply and sanded down flush. I started by making the top first, then adding a vertical leg, then ply, rinse, repeat. I didn't take any photos during construction, so here is the finished product: