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Old 03-23-2015, 02:34 PM   #1
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29 gallon DIY stand build

I have a few questions on the workings of my stand before I build it.

1. Do I need a center brace? The tank does have a rim

2. 2◊4's and 16 penny nails will for for a frame correct?

3. For the siding corners should I do miter corners or corner boards?

I want to build the stand just luke my current metal stand, but with the addition of tounge&groove siding, a shelf, and doors.

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Old 03-24-2015, 08:48 PM   #2
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Any opinions on this? This is the first stand I will be building and want to do it right.

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Old 03-30-2015, 11:48 PM   #3
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I have a friend drawing out the stand for me. I can make the cuts, but not so good at drawing things. I will post when I get the drawing from him.
Any input is still greatly appreciated!

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I would use screws instead of nails
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Old 03-31-2015, 12:24 AM   #5
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Why would you say that? Not trying to be mean about it.

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because screws hold better then nails do. Nails can loosen up screws won't
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Fair enough. 3 inch screws should do the job you think? Also predrill the holes?

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yes to both. Just for info if you ever see say a deck that was put together with nails you'll notice the nails working there way out of the boards thats why noone uses them anymore so if there is any sway in the stand they could possible loosen up. They wouldn't fall out but the stand won't be as stable
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Check out some of the DIY stand videos on YouTube... There's some pretty impressive stuff.

For a 29 gal I don't think you'll need a center brace. Just make sure the bottom rim sits completely on the frame. Are you going to put a plywood top on it?

As far as the corners, do what you think looks best. It is your tank after all!


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Don't think I need a plywood top. The tank only sits on the black frame. If I have that frame sitting on the 2x4 it should be good.

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