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Help with sizing wood for aquarium stand

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I have the Mr. Aqua 6 gallon long aquarium and right now it is sitting on a shelf. I am moving soon and when I get to my new house I'd like to be able to put the tank on a stand. I came across This guide which shows how to make a stand that looks really nice, but it doesn't really go into the measurements too well (i'd imagine since every tank is a different size). My question is this, if my tank is 23.6 inches wide 6.7 inches from front to back and i'm using 3/4 inch plywood for the stand how wide should my side panels be. The top will be matched to the tank so it sits flush, the back will be 34.5 inches tall by 23.6 inches wide (accounting for 3/4 on both the top and bottom as there will be a sheet of plywood on each of those). I think the thing that is confusing me is that in This picture there seems to be some over hang on the top. Should I then make my top surface piece 5.95 inches from front to back with the expectation of putting another .75 inch piece of plywood for the top and door? And if so, how large should the sides be?

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That overhang is used up with no more overhang when you install a horizontal piece and the doors.
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That overhang is used up with no more overhang when you install a horizontal piece and the doors.
I understand that, but do I account for that overhang when measuring the top piece? So for my situation, the tank footprint is (simplified) 24 x 7. should I instead make my top surface 24 x 6.25 with the expectation that the .75 will be made up by that little overhang and door? Or do I use the 24 x 7 and have the .75 of the door out a bit further? I'm looking for what would be the most structurally sound and visually appealing.

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Top, the flat piece the tank sits on:
24 x 7

Side pieces:
(height) x 6.25 (assuming the horizontal piece and the doors are made from 3/4" material)

Back (against the wall)
(height) x 22.5
This allows both sides to overlap this back so you won't see the seams where the back and sides meet.
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ahh thank you so much


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Diana - you continue to amaze me with your helpful, easy to understand responses !
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Top, the flat piece the tank sits on:
24 x 7

Side pieces:
(height) x 6.25 (assuming the horizontal piece and the doors are made from 3/4" material)

Back (against the wall)
(height) x 22.5
This allows both sides to overlap this back so you won't see the seams where the back and sides meet.
3/4" plywood is in no way shape or form 3/4" of an inch. It is in fact thinner. And if you cut 3/4" dados for that plywood they will be loose leading to a bad joint.

If he cuts the side material assuming an actual 3/4" piece of plywood the tank will overhang the cabinet/stand.

Actual size of 3/4" plywood is 23/32" That lousy 1/32" can be a deal breaker in many cabinets.

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There is actual 3/4" plywood available, I highly suggest measuring. The 23/32" is much more common, but sometimes actually labeled as such.

"3/4" 7 ply plywood, 48"x96" (Actual 23/32", 48"x96")" At least, that is something I have seen.


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There is actual 3/4" plywood available, I highly suggest measuring. The 23/32" is much more common, but sometimes actually labeled as such.

"3/4" 7 ply plywood, 48"x96" (Actual 23/32", 48"x96")" At least, that is something I have seen.
I've never seen it then. And I buy furniture grade stuff in some instances and it never measures 3/4. I'm talking 9, up to 13 ply stuff and it's all the same. 23/32.

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