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Old 01-25-2012, 11:07 PM   #1
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Starting a new aquarium stand for my bedroom. In the process of drawing it up in google sketch. So far I have the lower section of the stand drawn up. It will hold a 20g tank. The stand itself will be made from left over 2x4's that I have in my garage. I need feedback on whether this portion is going to be sturdy enough to support the tank. Here are a few sketch's of my idea.

Photo #1: Top portion portion of the base where the tank will sit. I will be using 5/8in particle board directly under the tank.


Photo #2: The actual structure of the base. I want to be sure this will properly support the edges of the tank so I dont run into problems.


Photo #3: What it will look like with the tank. Everything is to scale.
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Without seeing where you are going to be putting the vertical supports (legs) its hard to tell. It looks quite sturdy, again depending on where your verticals will be. I would avoid particle board and use plywood instead. Particle board will soak up water and expand.
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Without seeing where you are going to be putting the vertical supports (legs) its hard to tell. It looks quite sturdy, again depending on where your verticals will be. I would avoid particle board and use plywood instead. Particle board will soak up water and expand.
i second the particle board issue. just go with plywood
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See if this makes a little more sense.



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you are going to want your top and bottom peices to rest on the supports otherwise the brunt of your weight will in essence only be held up by the screws you use.

does that make sense? otherwise i can try to explain it a different way
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you are going to want your top and bottom peices to rest on the supports otherwise the brunt of your weight will in essence only be held up by the screws you use.

does that make sense? otherwise i can try to explain it a different way
It wont matter because the tank is in the bottom of the stand. The top isnt going to be used fir anything heavy. I read once that a decent 2 1/2in screw is good for 16lbs per screw. there will be at the very least 20 screws for the top alone. I'm not too worried
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Almost done. At least with the planning..



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gotcha, sorry, i was under the impression that the tank shown was the sump and a larger tank would be going on top.

yea the design looks good, i would agree with the plywood comment,

you also might want to put some sort of sealant on the 2x4's and everything on the inside of the stand to prevent mold and rotting from the evaporation of water/spills.
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gotcha, sorry, i was under the impression that the tank shown was the sump and a larger tank would be going on top.

yea the design looks good, i would agree with the plywood comment,

you also might want to put some sort of sealant on the 2x4's and everything on the inside of the stand to prevent mold and rotting from the evaporation of water/spills.
Would chipboard work as well as plywood? Trying to use just what I have on hand.
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