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How do I make this pallet stand?

I LOVE the look of this and really want to make it for a 55 gallon aquarium I have. Only, I have no idea how. I have all the tools though and am looking for pallets.

Any ideas?

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Start with a 2x stand and skin it with pallet wood.

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+1^^^ I would Make the stand like normal and then after rapping it with a thin sheet of plywood i would use a nail gun or wood glue to make the pattern that it shows in the picture.
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I would agree with the others posting. I can almost see where they have laid out the frame and put some bracing behind the door for framing.
Is building a stand something you've done before so that you would have then general idea of what makes a good frame?

What I'm asking about mainly is if you have the idea of letting the weight be supported top to bottom "wood on wood" and not supported by the fastener strength. Many miss that point and end up using long screws thinking they are really strong. Screws are good for not pulling out but they tend to have really poor shear strength to hold weight from the side.
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+1^^^ I would Make the stand like normal and then after rapping it with a thin sheet of plywood i would use a nail gun or wood glue to make the pattern that it shows in the picture.
That's kind of relative. To me a "normal" stand (if I were to make a wood stand that would go in the house, which I never will) it would be a 3/4" plywood and not have a single 2x anyplace in it.

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Yeah, you would make a frame and skin with pallet slats. However, if you don't have a clue how to begin, I'd ask someone you know to come help you. Two heads are better than one as long as they aren't butting...

Seriously though, you must know someone with some carpentry experience?


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You could (if you were really good with a saw) make the internal stand (that really supports the tank) and then rip the pallet wood even thinner to make a thinner skin. Get by with fewer pallets that way.

I also see this as just a skin, the strips from the pallet are not the strength of the stand.

Now, pallets may be made with 2 x 4 or even larger lumber. If you can get them in really good condition this could be the source of the material for the 'real' stand. There are quite a few posts here about building stands. I know Planted Rich or others have made the point about the connections before.

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You could (if you were really good with a saw) make the internal stand (that really supports the tank) and then rip the pallet wood even thinner to make a thinner skin. Get by with fewer pallets that way.

I also see this as just a skin, the strips from the pallet are not the strength of the stand.

Now, pallets may be made with 2 x 4 or even larger lumber. If you can get them in really good condition this could be the source of the material for the 'real' stand. There are quite a few posts here about building stands. I know Planted Rich or others have made the point about the connections before.

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Without a band saw with a resaw blade it's a little harder than it sounds.

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That's kind of relative. To me a "normal" stand (if I were to make a wood stand that would go in the house, which I never will) it would be a 3/4" plywood and not have a single 2x anyplace in it.
That's how I make all my stands, I've never really understood why so many people that clearly have the tools to cut the panels for the plywood skin still insist on bulky frames.

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That's how I make all my stands, I've never really understood why so many people that clearly have the tools to cut the panels for the plywood skin still insist on bulky frames.
They lack the skills and knowledge to use the correct joinery and make them correct?

I've known folks with way better camera equipment than I have but they can't touch my work. Same with cabinetry.

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I make a solid frame but it is not due to a lack of tools or experience with wood. I want a solid stand because I have had to move them at times. A solid frame lets me lower the water without total teardown, pry the stand up and roll it where I want it. Being heavy is an acceptable point on my stands. None are so heavy that they can't be moved but they are strong enough to support the weight without twisting or bending. Plywood only stands may not.
This is a 75 which I set up to hold some breeding females and fry for a short time when I knew I wanted to move it in a couple months. There is a model RR layout to the left.



Leaving it on rollers was a logical choice as I knew the stand could handle it. Building strong can be done cheaper and it can give you options that lightweight does not. I have slab floors and I know that they are not totally straight, true and level but if I have a strong stand the floor is not the problem of warping that a lighter stand might be. The total picture has to be considered before deciding which fits you best.

As it turns out the RR has stayed longer than planned and the fry have come and gone but the tank and stand are still on rollers!
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I don't see a problem with a solid 2x frame either. I have it so the back of the stand isn't skinned. Way better with all the wires and tubes going everywhere.
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I make a solid frame but it is not due to a lack of tools or experience with wood. I want a solid stand because I have had to move them at times. A solid frame lets me lower the water without total teardown, pry the stand up and roll it where I want it. Being heavy is an acceptable point on my stands. None are so heavy that they can't be moved but they are strong enough to support the weight without twisting or bending. Plywood only stands may not.
This is a 75 which I set up to hold some breeding females and fry for a short time when I knew I wanted to move it in a couple months. There is a model RR layout to the left.



Leaving it on rollers was a logical choice as I knew the stand could handle it. Building strong can be done cheaper and it can give you options that lightweight does not. I have slab floors and I know that they are not totally straight, true and level but if I have a strong stand the floor is not the problem of warping that a lighter stand might be. The total picture has to be considered before deciding which fits you best.

As it turns out the RR has stayed longer than planned and the fry have come and gone but the tank and stand are still on rollers!
That's all I can see in your post. It needs pictures.

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Rich, done correctly a plywood stand can do the same thing. If someone is more comfortable doing it with 2x then proceed. It will look good from my house.
I know this much. The cabinets I build can take being dropped 4 feet without any damage. Don't ask how I know that though.

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