This is for a 75 gal
tank, if I recall.
I think the 2 x 4's will be more than strong enough assuming they are joined properly. The 2 x 6's won't add too much to the cost, but they will make that stand one heavy sucker to move!!! Just wondering - is your bf hoping to make the stand tornado-proof? :P J/K
- it's really not such a bad idea to over-engineer something like a tank stand. Above all, you want to make sure the stand cannot rock or tip if someone bumps into it.
Home Depot sells doors in their kitchen and bath dept, but I found them to be very expensive. Check out www.rockler.com
- they can make custom-sized doors in several styles and woods - pretty reasonable too.
Stain is really a personal preference. I would just pick something that complements the other furniture in the room. I like Minwax Early American on pine because its light enough to bring up the grain, yet dark enough to hide any imperfections in the wood.
Angle brackets will provide extra protection from side-to-side rocking. Some design tips: The stand's rectangular top frame should sit on top of the vertical supports, not inside them. All joints should be glued and screwed together. A plywood outer skin will give the stand a nice, finished look as well as add incredible strength and rigidity.