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DIY Stand Duo 10G

Would this do well? All 2x4s.

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Not looking to over do it, have to build a few of these.
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That would work since it's not too much weight. Though I would add more wood directly on the corners that way you have a little support on the cross beams

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For a 10 gallon? Way overbuilt. I'd step down to 2x3. Even that's overkill but it helps with fasteners.

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That would work since it's not too much weight. Though I would add more wood directly on the corners that way you have a little support on the cross beams

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At that rate you might as well glue a solid stack of 2x4s together and call it a day. Just kidding, but it is a solid build for sure. It would be good practice if you are looking at bigger racks in the future.
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At that rate you might as well glue a solid stack of 2x4s together and call it a day. Just kidding, but it is a solid build for sure. It would be good practice if you are looking at bigger racks in the future.
Yes. I understand it would be super overkill, but in my mind the inside 2x4's are pointless but I understand it's easier to assemble using this method. I typically just put the 2x4's on the corners overlapping the two top pieces for better support. And generally a center brace to keep it from wobbling side to side. Though I'm no expert at carpentry

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Just remember glue is stronger than the wood itself. Screws are designed temporary, lesson is glue everything.

you can even glue endgrain as long as you, let it soak in for a few minutes and apply more.
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Went along with this design.

http://imgur.com/N32TzhL

No hardware store sells "wood screws", just sheet metal, drywall, and nails for general construction. Took 1in and 3in gen construction. 1 inch for the 8" center support with hinges.
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Went along with this design.

http://imgur.com/N32TzhL

No hardware store sells "wood screws", just sheet metal, drywall, and nails for general construction. Took 1in and 3in gen construction. 1 inch for the 8" center support with hinges.
way over complicated for something that is essentially just relying on the sheering strength of whatever nails/screws you're using.

i built this a couple years ago for a 20g and it hasn't come any where close to failing.



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I just built this for my 20L last night


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way over complicated for something that is essentially just relying on the sheering strength of whatever nails/screws you're using.

i built this a couple years ago for a 20g and it hasn't come any where close to failing.


Also have wood glue, rather overbuilt than underbuilt.


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Nice, believe the extra 2x4 where you made 4x4 would of been better off as support legs for top frame, still well done.
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Ya for next time I would've done what was linked in your first post. Where the first 2x4 is under the frame with the second full length 2x4 attached to the top and bottom of the frame on the inside


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Can follow my Tank Journal for this build now . Thanks all.
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Easiest 10g DIY stand I've done is just cut up a 2x12, 2 shelves, 2 uprights, and run simple dados on the uprights to hold the shelves.

2x12 is just about the perfect width for a 10g, and you can even build this stand without measuring, just lay down the 2 pieces of 2x12 and cut them simultaneously (and dado simulataneously as well). Really easy, fairly cheap, and pretty solid design.

Here's a pic of my stand, it's a bit of a mess right now, and I'm only using it for a 10g on top (it was a 20XH when I took the pic), but it will fit one on the bottom as well.
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Also have wood glue, rather overbuilt than underbuilt.
then why are you relying on the sheer strength of your fasteners instead of the compression strength of wood?


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then why are you relying on the sheer strength of your fasteners instead of the compression strength of wood?
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Using 2x4s under top frame + screws + wood glue, On just 20g of water.
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