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Old 05-19-2009, 05:53 PM   #1
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DIY 55 gallon stand

Well now that im home and have a lot more free time ive started to set up my 55 gallon aquarium. Needed a stand tho and since i really didnt feel like spending a hundred bucks for one my dad and I built my own in the last day or so. Pictures should help show what we did but I can explain. Costed about $30 dollars in all just for the wood
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:56 PM   #2
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more pics...we had a general idea of how we were going to design this by looking at stands in the store and other peoples but it changed over the course of the construction, so there are probably a few more effecient ways to have done this
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:59 PM   #3
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the doors actually slide...we just took a router and cut out a channel in a board that we nailed on the front inside. moves pretty smooth
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:00 PM   #4
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Very Nice!
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:01 PM   #5
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and the finished project
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:13 AM   #6
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Looks great! I like the way you did the doors.
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:55 PM   #7
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Very nice work! I love the door idea. I wish I had a router when I did my stand. I love the stain, really brings out the character in the wood.
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:51 AM   #8
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well i picked up some finish/ sealant today and got the stand finished now. Should be filled with water by this weekend and begin cycling.
fits well in the setup I have in my bedroom.
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I like it. Two thumbs up!!
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Old 05-26-2009, 05:44 AM   #10
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Ummm...I have a question....what part of the stand is actually carrying the weight down to the ground? I don't see it. The picture in post 5 caught my eye...the one with the numbers "4229" in it...

Is the weight of the tank going to be supported by the screwed on pieces that hold the exterior wood in place, and the exterior wood (the planks that were stained)? Is that the structural support for the tank? Unless I am missing something, all that weight is going to be supported by screws and planks? Why not have the corner pieces (2x4?) go all the way up instead of stopping 2 inches from the top? At least some of the weight could be taken that way. And some interior diagonal cross bracing could be added, even now.

I have built 3 tank stands myself (29, 55, and my current 90 gallon), and its all about support AND lateral stability. This tank stand LOOKS nice (and I like the sliding doors), but I am concerned and hoping that there is more to this stand than what I can see.

Just curious...
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