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Old 06-09-2013, 03:17 AM   #1
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35 Gallon DIY Aquarium Stand

Not being happy with my current stand which doesn't have any storage space (and being inspired by some here) I decided to have a go at building my own stand.

Where possible I like to use recycled materials but this wasn't an option this time so it was off to the local hardware, Bunnings (similar to HD in the US I guess). I plan on doing this over a number of weeks so I got the very basics this trip to make a start:

With a basic frame assembled I'm off to a pretty good start. The braces for the corners I bought are too big but I can live with that. Nothing a grinder doesn't fix:

Double checking to make sure it's all level:

Attached the first 2 supports and again made sure it was all level and square:

Remaining supports attached:

Some serious bracing is going on here. Probably overkill but better safe than sorry:

Another view of the hardcore bracing going on:

Marine grade ply used here. I have a tendency not to dry nets out This will form the base and sprayed with a simple black spray from a can:

A few lessons learnt so far:

1. I should have countersunk the screws for a neater appearance;
2. I had to change my design because of some irregular cuts on my behalf. I don't have a miter saw or jigsaw so made the cuts with a circular saw

To be perfectly honest I'm certainly not that talented in the woodwork department. I'm fine with most things but building something like this from scratch isn't my strength.

More to come in the weeks to follow.
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