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post #301 of 312 (permalink) Old 07-25-2015, 11:51 PM
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Has anyone done this type of stand and used a coastal grey stain? If so, pics would be awesome!
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Heh; looks like my angelfish gave me a need for a new tank, pest mart's price matching petco gave me a great deal on it, and now I need a stand because I don't want to leave that thing on my kitchen counter forever.

Such hardship.

A contractor's pack contains exactly enough of the brackets. Lowes only had 3 on the shelf, but a whole box above. I got the box, so now they still have 3 on the shelf.

Now, has anyone found a 4x4 that's NOT pressure treated?

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Heh; looks like my angelfish gave me a need for a new tank, pest mart's price matching petco gave me a great deal on it, and now I need a stand because I don't want to leave that thing on my kitchen counter forever.

Such hardship.

A contractor's pack contains exactly enough of the brackets. Lowes only had 3 on the shelf, but a whole box above. I got the box, so now they still have 3 on the shelf.

Now, has anyone found a 4x4 that's NOT pressure treated?
Which brackets did you get? The package I posted was for 2x4s only:



I didn't kn ow they had contractor packs for the larger versions?
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The RTC42 equivalent. This is made by a different company though.

Basically, that's what the case is labeled as - a contractor pack - and it contains 8.

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Heh; looks like my angelfish gave me a need for a new tank, pest mart's price matching petco gave me a great deal on it, and now I need a stand because I don't want to leave that thing on my kitchen counter forever.

Such hardship.

A contractor's pack contains exactly enough of the brackets. Lowes only had 3 on the shelf, but a whole box above. I got the box, so now they still have 3 on the shelf.

Now, has anyone found a 4x4 that's NOT pressure treated?
Home Depot sells stud grade 4X4's and Lowe's doesn't. There's still some other home centers / lumberyards around, but not many that may have them.

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'kay. May have to investigate another store. The one I was at yesterday appeared to have nothing untreated.

I was looking at bannister posts. They have some that are 4x4 top and bottom, but they're too long and I'm not sure I could trim enough off them to make them useable. Still can't figure out who needs a bannister 4-5' high.

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At this point, it looks like it's a very regional thing - none of the stores in my area have stud grade 4x4s. They do appear to have cedar 4x4 fence posts though. Hmmm. Naturally, they don't carry matching 2x4s.

Slightly annoyed - we had a bunch of lumber sawed up by someone with a portable saw mill. FIL gave away what wasn't used for a deck that...was a bad idea since it wasn't pressure treated. Eh, stuff would probably be so deteriorated by now it would be a bad idea for this too.

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At this point, it looks like it's a very regional thing - none of the stores in my area have stud grade 4x4s. They do appear to have cedar 4x4 fence posts though. Hmmm. Naturally, they don't carry matching 2x4s.

Slightly annoyed - we had a bunch of lumber sawed up by someone with a portable saw mill. FIL gave away what wasn't used for a deck that...was a bad idea since it wasn't pressure treated. Eh, stuff would probably be so deteriorated by now it would be a bad idea for this too.
Not sure what lengths you're willing to go to, but when I made one of these stands I had clear vertical grain douglas fir 4x4s and 2x4s delivered from this company: http://www.onlinelumberstore.com/lumber. They also carry western red cedar and redwood. I've ordered from them several times since for other projects, and have been very satisfied with my experiences. They do residential shipping with no minimum on how much you have to purchase, and it's beautiful wood.
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It's been nearly a year since my handy DH built this stand for my 50g. Recently he built the shelves above as a means to store stuff and suspend my light (the shelves are attached to the wall via cleat, so super sturdy). The turnbuckles were my idea. They're really perfect for making micro-adjustments to the hight and leveling of the light.


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Would it be possible to use just 2x4's and only internal support brackets and glue https://2ecffd01e1ab3e9383f0-07db7b9...030dcc070b.jpg
To support a 50 gallon? or does this design rely on having the brackets externally


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I am far from a cabinet maker or carpenter but I believe it relies on the external brackets.

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Hi there ! So I am just starting my stand tomorrow, we have purchased the wood. It is for 180gal tank. Couple ?
How many pieces of 2x4 should i layer on the inside of my frame for support? Should I go 4x4 or double the 2x4 on legs and does it matter?
Im thinking 3/4 in plywood for top and bottom.... Also im guessing with my dimensions Ill have to build doors? Im looking to find the shop table deck corner brackets steel plated to give it the industrial look, where did you find them?
Stand is 7 ft long 6 in on either side of tank and 3 ft deep and 3ft high
Oh yes and the color stain that was used? What exactly is it? Its gorgeous!~
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