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I'm planning on building a rack that holds two 20g highs four 10g and one 20g long. The Two 20g will be at the bottom side by side and the 20g L is going to be on top. with four 10g im going to sit the sideways side by side. Giving the dimensions of 48x20x60. The Bottom Shelf is going to have 10 inches between the middle shelf and the tank same goes for the shelf on top.
Giving the height of 60 inches. The stand will be made of 2x4s. Much like
bigshrimpings shrimp rack. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/diy/87817-shrimp-rack-project.html
Does anyone know how layout the format of the wood. I thought about bigshrimpin way of buidling it but im not sure if the stand could hold the middle shelf with 400lbs of water being screwed in with 3'' screws.
 

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If you add a short piece of 2x4 inside each front and back leg, under the 2x4 cross pieces, so they support the weight all the way down to the floor, the stand should be more than strong enough. Add a 1/4" plywood or hardboard back to the stand to prevent any racking from side loads, and it should work just fine.
 

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THanks for helping me!! well there will be no 1 inch under the last shelf its just going to be the bottom with the rectangle. Sorry, im a noob and first time working with wood and such. But where does the screws go in?
 

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Each corner of the stand will be made like this. In effect you are gluing and nailing 2 x 4's together to make 4 x 4's, with notches formed by the sandwitch, to hold the cross pieces. This carries the weight of all of the tanks straight down to the floor, so no joint holds the weight. You can use deck or dry wall screws instead of nails if you wish. All those do is hold the boards together while the glue dries. Every place wood touches wood, you use glue, and that glue can be: (from Home Depot or Ace Hardware)


Then use small nails or screws to attach a panel of 1/4" thick plywood or hardboard across the back to provide resistance to "racking", plus glue again. The shelves for the tanks could be 3/4" plywood, with the corners notched to fit around the vertical corner pieces. Those can be screwed or nailed on - no glue needed.

I think you could use 1 x 4's instead of 2 x 4's and this would work just as well. Someone else might want to comment on that. Incidentally, that sketch was done fast and isn't to scale at all.
 

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What hoppy is saying is a great design. I built my work bench exactly like that and I bet it would easily hold 1000+ pounds.
 

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But jackyuen89 needs a rack to hold 1000g, which if the g is gallons, is 10000 lbs, but if the g is grams, well heck that's only 2.2lbs. :hihi:

That silliness aside, Hoppy's design is ideal.
 

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But jackyuen89 needs a rack to hold 1000g, which if the g is gallons, is 10000 lbs, but if the g is grams, well heck that's only 2.2lbs. :hihi:

That silliness aside, Hoppy's design is ideal.
Thank you. I figured he was planning to put 10 of these side by side to accommodate the 1000 gallons of tanks. It's nice to have a big fish room:proud:
 
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