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My steel DIY tank stand

Hello everyone, long time listener first time caller. I ran into a little problem with my store bought tank stand..it started to bow. So I decided to build my own stand but I wanted to make it out of steel rather than wood just for the simple reason that I have all metal working tools and nothing for wood. I made just a simple rectangular design measuring 34'' L x 19'' W x 34'' H using 1/8'' thick 2 x 2's as the main structure and 1'' square tube for the bottom cross bars.

I miter cut the top frame for a smoother look






Thats pops doing the welding as I dont have a steady hand and my welds come out crappy


A little bondo over the welds for a really smooth surface.


And thats what I have so far, I'll update later as its coming along. I plan on adding a 3/4'' plywood top and sides to sit flush with the legs and also paint it Krylon Hammer finish black.

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I bet you that won't bow!!! I love metal stands. Very nice job so far. I wish I knew how to weld.


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Nice. My friend is a welder and I am going to try to get him to make me a stainless steal stand at some point.

Are you planning on skinning it? Wood or metal?

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Nice. My friend is a welder and I am going to try to get him to make me a stainless steal stand at some point.

Are you planning on skinning it? Wood or metal?

I wish I could have done all stainless would have looked awsome all polished out. I'm gonna put some wood skins on the sides and front, I got them cut out today and I finished the actual structure of the stand. Im taking a break in between coats of paint right now I hope it comes out good, I'll post more pictures of the progress
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I wish I could have done all stainless would have looked awesome all polished out.




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Well heres an update where I'm at with this. I finished the top and began staining it today with Minwax classic black stain, which im very impressed with how its coming out. The actual stand is done and painted, Im pretty anxious to get the tank on top of this stand so the skins might have to wait to get added on.





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ok one more from this morning

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Thats a pretty slick stand, did you do that yourself? I was thinking of adding some tubes in the rear so I could do a light set up like yours in the near future.
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Thats a pretty slick stand, did you do that yourself? I was thinking of adding some tubes in the rear so I could do a light set up like yours in the near future.
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Yes I put it together, I kinda DIY most of my stuff. Keeping the thin SS from drawing during the weld was a HUGE PITA. TIG and wire with 1/4" clearance on the lower tank.


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