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DIY stand question

Can you guys looks at this plan and tell me your thoughts? It seems within my capabilities. I want it to hold a 75 gallon. This website says that this plan can hold up to 500 gallons.

http://www.garf.org/calculators/BuildLargeStand_3.asp
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Seems legitimate.

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Ok, next question. Where is your favorite place to get lumber?
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Well, my favorite place is at work but, that's because I am a cabinet engineer and scrap is free. Otherwise I would order from a local lumberyard; it is best to call for a quote because prices are not always the same. Another bit of advice, If you are looking use the plans above and go with MDF or particle board, you should go with varieties that are moisture resistant. The price is not much different and you will be happy with that little extra insurance.

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It's all construction grade lumber. Home Depot, Lowes. Modells are the places to go. For the surround I would go with a 1/2" hardwood plywood with solid wood trim if you want to stain. Just be careful with grain direction. Stiles (vertical members) grain runs up and down. Rails (horizontal members) grain runs left to right. Basically grain runs in the longest direction of the piece. People who run it wrong should be tarred and feathered, boiled in oil then put in front of a firing squad.

Oh yeah, the outer stiles should run full top to bottom with rails in between. Those who do it the other way should be tarred and feathered, boiled in oil then put in front of a firing squad.

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I built my stand for my 125g that is 72" x 18" x 24" and I built 4' tall because I wanted space on the bottom for my refugium and a Fluval fx6 plus my 20g QT tank and pressurized Co2 tank and other aquarium accessories . I used 4" x 4"s for the legs to support the weight and 3/4" walnut veneer plywood for the front and sides.
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That site is legit and trustworthy. As for wood, we have a place called 84 lumber or something like that. Definitely the place to go with your measurements and ask for the bulk of your wood. Other than that, I use Lowes because it is 5 minutes from my house.

Basically, local lumber yard and then basic home improvement shops as a back up.


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That site is legit and trustworthy. As for wood, we have a place called 84 lumber or something like that. Definitely the place to go with your measurements and ask for the bulk of your wood. Other than that, I use Lowes because it is 5 minutes from my house.

Basically, local lumber yard and then basic home improvement shops as a back up.
There use to be 84 lumber here also. Haven't seen them around in over a decade.

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They may have been bought out by another company here locally too. I've just always referred to it as 84 lumber because they still sell the same stuff. I'll check. Google says they are still open here! (Tavares, FL)


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