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Scandinavian Style Stand

I'm looking to have a Scandinavian Style open stand built for a 20L. I've looked at all 27 pages of the pinned stand topic here. There are some beautiful stands, but I'm not looking for a cabinet style stand. Almost 30 years ago my brother built me a gorgeous 55 gal. open stand out of red oak. It was all glued and jointed and a very minimum of wood was used.
Unfortunately for me, he is now 2500 miles away and has a real job.

Any input or pictures of similar type stands would be greatly appreciated.

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Did you look at hydrophyte's industrial style stand. It could have doors added to make it a "cabinet".

Otherwise, I'd just buy something from ikea.

Fluval Osaka is "japanese" but still has the minimalist look.
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Did you look at hydrophyte's industrial style stand. It could have doors added to make it a "cabinet".

Otherwise, I'd just buy something from ikea.

Fluval Osaka is "japanese" but still has the minimalist look.
Things form Ikea can support an aquarium? Really? I do not believe!!!
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Things form Ikea can support an aquarium? Really? I do not believe!!!
Sure, if you do a little DIY and get some good internal bracing there is no reason it would not support an aquarium.

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Things form Ikea can support an aquarium? Really? I do not believe!!!
How are they any different than an aquarium stand from petsmart?
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I did look at the industrial stands. I personally would prefer no brackets, nails or screws and a slimmer more minimalistic look. A frame only for the top, an apron if needed for support on it and a shelf made with a few strips of wood for storage and support.

I have a cabinet maker next door to my office and I saved him a bunch of money. He will give me a good price on the stand.
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How are they any different than an aquarium stand from petsmart?
Maybe I just buy really cheap things form Ikea... Nothing I've ever had would support even a 20 gallon... The two things stopping me from starting a larger aquarium are a stand and substrate... expensiiiive...
And my petsmart is a little different it seems... they get hand crafted stands from local artists.. So does petco... And they are really really pricey... They dont even sell the stands that match the kits... It's annoying sometimes. though if the choice is spend a couple hundred at petsmart for a crappy pre-made one ( not the nice ones), or an ikea stand... I think I would go with Ikea..
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http://www.fishaquariumstand.com/10-...hagen-by-dusk/

I was a Cabinet Maker trade instructor for 26 years during those years I also taught furniture design.

Scandinavian furniture was made to to be light (in weight) and very airy looking.

A tank stand would be a simple open buffet style.

It would be made of solid veneered particle board, not a cheap frame with a thin cheap covering.

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The primary things to look for, I think, are adequate bracing to avoid racking failures, and a top that is supported on all 4 sides, so it doesn't sag under the localized load of the tank frame. A rimless, top and bottom, tank would make the sagging problem less severe, but at the same time the tank would be less able to tolerate any sagging.

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It would be made of solid veneered particle board

Which goes very well with water might i add in on this thread.
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http://www.fishaquariumstand.com/10-...hagen-by-dusk/

I was a Cabinet Maker trade instructor for 26 years during those years I also taught furniture design.

Scandinavian furniture was made to to be light (in weight) and very airy looking.

A tank stand would be a simple open buffet style.

It would be made of solid veneered particle board, not a cheap frame with a thin cheap covering.

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I'm thinking more of solid red oak. Airy is what I'm looking for I'm not sure as to what a simple open buffet style is.

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Doesn't particle board disintegrate when it comes in contact with water?? Hmm doesn't seem like the best idea for an aquarium

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It becomes soggy and brittle and will eventually fall apart.
Im sure it falls apart alot quicker if it has a load on it.
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Doesn't particle board disintegrate when it comes in contact with water?? Hmm doesn't seem like the best idea for an aquarium
Not the best idea if it get wet. Plywood would be better. However ErikO want a stand of solid red oak. If he find it... The cabinetmaker next door sounds like the best bet.

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There are loads of stands out there made of particle board and MDF.

They are ok if you're not dumping water on them. I wouldn't exactly call them "quality" stands, but they will hold up the tank.

Even plywood comes apart when it gets soaked. For that matter, solid boards will even breakdown if repeatedly exposed to water, albeit much more slowly.
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