I wanted a new stand for my 20g long and I didn't want to pay $150 plus for a stand. I found some good plans here
. I knew that Lowe's and Home Depot would cut wood for you and since neither of us have a nice saw for woodcutting, we used the services of Lowes.
I basically supervised while my boyfriend built the stand for me. I did hold alot of the boards in place while he drilled. He said that was the important part. With the paint and everything it cost me about $50 to build this stand....much better than $150! We used 2x4s for the frame, 1x6 for the front trim, and plywood for the 2 sides and the doors. We used mostly 3" screws, some 2.5" screws, and a couple 4" screws just to be sure. Its very sturdy and I have no doubt it will hold up the 20 long. I wanted it to be about 35" and after its built it ended up being about 37" tall, which is fine. It is the perfect height for me to mess in the tank and not have to bend over or lay on the floor.
For anyone that is considering building a stand, I would recommend it.
Here are some pics along the way.
making the bottom square
adding some legs
looks like a stand!
front trim applied (1x6) and testing it out with the tank
painted black to match the rest of my aquarium furniture
I have the doors and sides painted and will apply them this week. They are made of plywood (bf had some plywood, so it was free).
Pics of the completed stand to come.