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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-04-2013, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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My DYI double 10 gallon stand+

I threw this stand together for $25.00 dollars paint, screws and lumber, well actually $50.00 in supplies but I am currently making a second one, it is a nice sturdy design with plenty of room it is common 2x4 studs from your typical bigbox DIY store deck screws and a bit of paint, I will invest in some primer for the next one as stud lumber tends to suck up a ton of paint, lesson learned lol I was able to throw this together in a short amount of time and put it to use to consolidate, some of my tanks vs having them strewn about the house, here are some pics it's holding 2 10 gals a 5 gal a 1.5 gal and peachiis no tech 2 gal shrimp jar
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Do you have any close up shots of the legs?
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the legs are just 2 2x4's together nothing special
with a 2x4 as the frame the tank sits on it equals out to 10 in exactly the same as a 10 gal
I will post pics of the one I am doing for a 10 gal and my fluval ebi, it's basically the same I' do a bare wood shot so its easier to see
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here is the 10 gal ebi stand bare wood
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gotta love those anchor hocking jars, I have 3 myself...
looking good man.
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Lol yeha 10 bucks for a 2 gallon tank cant beat the price
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ok the finished stand with the tanks
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that is sweet. if you do another one would you mind posting some general instructions for building one?
I think i could get it from the picture, but i'd hate to mess up and have a tank fall...
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but is all the weight being supported by screws?
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yep and lots of them and in reality it would be in the neighborhood of 180 max and holding the top frame to the legs is 16 screws deck screws and i am pretty sure the sheer on them is more than 10 pounds
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I was just wondering if you had thought of sistering a 2nd 6 inch shorter 2x4 to the outside to support the top frame and transfer the load directly to the base so that you weren't applying the total load on the screws.
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Looks good, I myself just built a 29G stand, except I covered the openings on the sides with plywood from an old entertainment center.

I still have to make the doors, but I can't decide which style of moulding I want to use to make them.

Total cost was $15 for paint and brushes.

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I thought about enclosing them, but then I just end up putting crap in there and forgetting about it or not remembering where I put it,if they were bigger stands for bigger tank where i had to hide more stuff I would go all the way but with hobs and such, not much to hide, I was mostly trying to get tanks off of desks, coffee tables end tables and stuff that was not really meant to hold tanks and of course to do it on the cheap. I have one left to build but I am going to take a break for a week or so then build it, need like 4 more studs and a bit of paint so for around 70 I'll have 3 stands
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I thought about enclosing them, but then I just end up putting crap in there and forgetting about it or not remembering where I put it,if they were bigger stands for bigger tank where i had to hide more stuff I would go all the way but with hobs and such, not much to hide, I was mostly trying to get tanks off of desks, coffee tables end tables and stuff that was not really meant to hold tanks and of course to do it on the cheap. I have one left to build but I am going to take a break for a week or so then build it, need like 4 more studs and a bit of paint so for around 70 I'll have 3 stands
Sounds good, I might make another to follow your style of getting tanks off of tables and desks lol!

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