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Building a Tank stand for a 72gal Bowfront

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I am building a tank stand for a 72 gallon fowfront. Here are the preliminary designs.

This does not show the sturctual bracing members that will be needed. I'll update this post as I develop futher.

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Heh theres tiles falling off the shuttle and Randys here building tank stands.

Holy cow dude I cant wait to see it...filled with Discus!


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Why will it be open in the front? Or is this just the "skeleton" of the stand? I know I have never had too much storage area under my tanks. I like the way you solved the problem of matching the bowfront contour.

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Vary good the structural members are 5/8" Ply wood. Thast what I see on all the tanks hear but you will need a big pic of plywood to hold the back for moving and swaying left from right.
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Oh - I guess I should have mentioned that this is being made os 7/8" solid Oak.
The 2 storage/filter areas will be open in the back with doors in the front and maybe 2 drawers at the top of each.
Structual member will be 2 members across the back at the top and botton and a rectangle behind the shelf area.

I have been wanting a desktop tank and a desk for a laptop in my bedroom.

What do you think of my sollution?

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Oh - I guess I should have mentioned that this is being made os 7/8" solid Oak.
The 2 storage/filter areas will be open in the back with doors in the front and maybe 2 drawers at the top of each.
Structual member will be 2 members across the back at the top and botton and a rectangle behind the shelf area.

I have been wanting a desktop tank and a desk for a laptop in my bedroom.

What do you think of my sollution?
Thats a great solution, perfect for a laptop. Don't forget the canopy.....DC
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I thought the whole idea of a laptop (don't have one) was that you don't have to have a desk!

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Pictures of the assembled Tank Stand.



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Oh My!!! It looks REALLY GOOD!
Do you mind sharing building costs?
I realize this isnt crapwood and I am not looking to compare...just want an idea how much a good stand would cost.
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I don't mind sharing, I like sharing.
The wood cost about $100. The wood is White Oak and I bought "common" grade. That is the lowest grade sold, it has more defects then select grade. I buy it as raw sawn lumber and do all the surfacing myself. By the time I'm finished adding in screws,stain,finish and the keyboard tray brackets the project total will be $160 but no more.

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Beautiful stand. I'm still a little worried about the wood flexing left to right. I would put some wood vertically in the top under the top shelf like you did in the bottom. If you had some. if not Id put it in a corner so it will have the wall to stop some of the flexing. Still a beautiful stand can’t weight to see the tank all set up on it.
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That is a great looking stand and a unique design too. If I had a pull out computer shelf in front of my tank stand I wouldn't be posting here at all - I would just look at my tank! And, I think it will be plenty strong in racking, since it is braced at the bottom of both "towers" as well as in the middle. You should publish the plans for this, in a magazine such as "Wood". It truly is a nice project.

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I agree, there's little chance of racking with the center back and side bits you've got. Planer and jointer are a couple of tools I've decided to do without , as they would be seldom used and I don't have the room.

But my, what you can do when you have them, and the expertise to use them as you have shown!

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Man, that IS a beautiful stand!
One suggestion is to top the two side columns with slide out surfaces on which you can put books or papers while you are working.
Can't wait to see it finished.

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Hi eds,
That is a good idea. I have been concidering a drawer on one side and a pull-out work surface on the other. I am also considering some kind of doors.

I'll keep adding to this post as the progress continues.

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