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Im interested in making a stand for my new 40b. I would like to go the route of using just 3/4th inch ply but I dont really have a table saw etc. Does home depot or lowes cut plywood for free?
Home Depot does the first 2 cuts free. Every cut after that is $1, but most of the time, they won't charge you. Just tip the guy a buck or two if you have a lot of cuts to make.


In other news, pretty much finished my stand today, just have to square up one of the doors a little and make sure it's perfectly level after the flooring of the room is done. Ended up going with a dark walnut finish, hand rubbed :D Satin poly on top. Terrible picture because it was getting dark.
 

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Depends on the guy you ask to cut your wood haha. They normally give you four cuts for free before they charge you something like a quarter for every cut, but I've had guys cut wood for me for something like 10 minutes before without charging me a dime.
 

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I'm getting ready to make a stand an canopy for my 30 gallon. I like bits and pieces of what I see here. I'm planning on doing full inset raised-panel doors on the front. I'm possibly going to do an inlay of some sort but I'm not sure what some good ideas for inlays might be. Any suggestions? I'm just looking for something somewhat subtle and not too complicated but a nice design element. Does anyone have any suggestions?
 

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i just finished making my stand for a 40 gallon breeder thank. i used a typical structure (2 boxframes with 4 supports, 4 stabilizing pieces, and 1 piece to prevent twisting in the upper boxframe). i wanted to make it ADA style so i bought panelling from home depot to cover the top, sides, and door. in total it cost me $70, most of which was to cover the panels.
 

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I just finished converting an old 48" angle-iron stand I've had for ever. It's utilitarian, but the look of a plain metal skeleton gets a bit old after awhile.

So I thought of a way to convert it to a wood stand, while still being able to switch back any time I needed to.

Here's what it looked like before:





I used oak veneer plywood for the ends, poplar for the tops of the front, solid oak for the vertical pieces, pine for the doors, and hemlock for the trim. The back-panel was the hardest part because I hadn't realized the 24x48 piece of plywood wouldn't cover the opening like I'd planned. Some improvisation was required, but it turned out pretty decent.

Here's a during:




Here's an after:




With the door's open. (First experience with european hinges; i love them). Haven't finalized cord management procedures yet. Will be adding CO2 next month so it's still up in the air.






For the method of attachment, each panel (front, two ends) is placed just right by some 1x1 guide pieces which sit inside the corner uprights on the metal stand. This centers and elevates the panels into the right place every time. The four corners of each panel are then clipped into the metal stands (no need to drill holes in the metal) with screen window clips. The key to cinching them down and taking out the slack was using the right amount of washers. One problem I ran into frequently was that the metal stand was not perfectly square or vertical, so other improvisations were needed from time to time. Another bonus, I'd paid for this wood months ago in anticipation of another project (router table), but never got around to using it. Some hardware, trim, and the wood for the doors was all I really needed to lay out.

This would take me less than two minutes to break down back into the metal stand.

Here's the attachment clips I spoke of:

What are the dimensions of that tank? it looks super long and thin...i love it!
 

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It's not quite finished yet but here is my stand I've been working on this summer. It's for a 30 gallon. It's made out of solid walnut and I have a matching canopy that i'll post pics of once it is finished.

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Hi DIYers! I finally made my own ADA style stand for a 12 gallon long tank!
The dimensions are 36" H x 8.3" W x 36" L
I'm getting some L bracers to secure the stand to the wall because of the tall and thin profile of this stand. What you guys think?

+ What kind of door hinges do you guys use for ADA style stands?











 

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This is my new 90gal. planted project . The stand took me a year to build but it turned out nice . :^)
 

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