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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-15-2020, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Built an ADA style stand

To anyone who likes to DIY and may be interested

Took somewhere between 15-20 man hours, only using a circular saw, router and clamps.

Cost me about $175 and that includes the power supply.

Itís about 1.5 sheets of 3/4Ē thick, 5íx5í birch ply. The sides are two pieces of 3/4Ē sandwiched for strength. Itís covered in Formica, everything is sourced from Loweís except the power supply.

I didnít use dados, so I was initially worried about itís sturdiness and the possibility it could wrack too easy and come out of square.... but itís rock solid. It weighs about 60lbs Iíd guess. Iím 190lbs and I can put as much strain on the corners as I can and it doesnít show a tiny bit of weakness.







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That looks great ; but one question ..... I noticed that you didn't put a kick ( or toe) panel at the bottom front , but extended the door down to the bottom of the case . When the stand is weighted with the filled tank , will the door open easily on the carpeted floor?
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That looks great ; but one question ..... I noticed that you didn't put a kick ( or toe) panel at the bottom front , but extended the door down to the bottom of the case . When the stand is weighted with the filled tank , will the door open easily on the carpeted floor?

Well I suppose I donít know yet!

The door clears the floor by 1/8Ē and in my house, itíll be on hardwood, so Iím hoping there are no issues. Iíll be sure to update if there are


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Wow! Well done. I’m thinking of making a stand too. I’m inspired!

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This is really nice looking! I've never worked with Formica before but your results make me want to.



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Looks great! Interested to see what it looks like with a tank on top and full of equipment


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Looks great! Interested to see what it looks like with a tank on top and full of equipment

Iíll update in about a month when it gets set up.... currently cycling my temporary holding tank, so I can empty my main tank and completely re do everything


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Thanks ! Wasn't sure if it was going on hardwood , tile , laminate , or carpet . 1/8 is probably as good as a mile on a hard surface.
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