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That is a very nice looking stand, and it looks extremely easy to put together. Show us some more photos!! Will you have a top on it or just sit the tank on the plastic frame around the bottom?
 

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I love it, great choice of colors, very contrasting. :proud:

Do I see a bottom in there or is that the floor?
 

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Looks very nice. Is the tank going to be sitting on the very top? It looks like the side panels are screwed to the inside of the top frame. Does that put the weight of the tank on the screws since there's nothing under the top frame?

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Alright, here we go.
You'll excuse the lack of technical words, so a diagonal cut is just a diagonal cut. ( I'm sure that in the world of carpentry it has a very specific name, something like a beveled cut maybe )
I will better let the pictures do most of the talking.

I started by buying some lumber and got right to work.
First, the upper and lower frames.



Getting the rounded edges.





Next some diagonal cuts.





Checking if the cuts match.





To be continued ...
 

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OK, now we get to the side panels.
The idea is to have them 'half-lapped' so the lower frame will rest on them and the upper one will sit on them. Does it make sense? Pictures?
Happy to oblige.



We start by making a 1/4 of an inch deep cut.





12 panels needed, 6 both sides, 4 front and just 2 in the back.



Then we flip the panel upwards, rise the blade one inch and a half and there you go, we have a 'half-lap'.





Checking



Not too bad



Side panels finished



To be continued ...
 

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You do know your way around a wood shop! By the way, do you mind if I drop in occasionally to use your shop? That's a very nicely equipped one. And, your stand design is one I haven't seen before, using the half lapped siding to carry the load that way. I wonder what the maximum size stand using that design would be?
 

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Hey Hoppy, that's actually mi brother's mini wood shop.
He has it set up in our garage and he does occasionally some custom carpentry work here and there.
As for the stand design, weight wise,I'm sure it has its limitationes.
The biggest I've seen was for a 55G, I'm guessing it probably has some form of inner frame reinforcement.
Rafo
 

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Decided to paint them individually before assembly because I knew it was going to be a pain in the neck to get inside the stand once put together.
Also because of the pattern, to have a clean and defined look.
All pieces sanded and ready to paint.



First coat



Painted the inner side to keep it as water proof as possible.





Two days later. Nice and shiny, and almost ready.



To the assembly line...
 

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While we're here a pic of the 50G .. from a safe distance.



OK, back to work.







A not so good pic with a 20G on top.





... and there you go. The stand as it 'stands' today.



Hope you guys find it useful.
I know I'm lucky to have the right equipment but it is not totally necesary.
You can still build a decent stand with just some basic tools.
This 'pictorial' is just intended to give you a general idea on one way to do it.
Hasta la vista.
Rafo
 

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Excellent work there. I don't have all of those tools you're using, but I may have to go get some of those metal clamps that hold the 90 degree angles in place....I don't know the technical term. I'm planning on building a stand for my 25g Tall in the near future, so this will be very helpful to look at as I plan.
 
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