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Old 04-09-2019, 03:41 PM   #1
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Question How much weight can my diy stand hold?

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Hopefully my image files work, wondering how much weight this stand can hold. This is the first shelf, I'm out of bricks but going to add another tommorrow.

Looking to put a 10 and a 5 gal underneath, and a 48 bowfront I have on top.

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Old 04-09-2019, 04:55 PM   #2
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Might be fine for the 10 and 5 but I wouldn't trust a 48 on that. You should check out the king of DIY on YouTube. He shows how to build proper stands.
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Agreed. I would not put a 48g on that. You really should be using 2 x 4's for this.
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Is there a big difference? The wood is 4ft long, almost an inch thick. The 2X4's were 6ft long, this is meant to hold a few tanks in a closet.
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Agreed. I would not put a 48g on that. You really should be using 2 x 4's for this.
Is there a big difference? The wood for reference is 4ft long and about an inch thick, pine obviously. 2x4's were 6 feet, this is meant to hold a few tanks in a closet.
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Might be fine for the 10 and 5 but I wouldn't trust a 48 on that. You should check out the king of DIY on YouTube. He shows how to build proper stands.
Actually I got this idea from Aquarium coop, not a big fan of Joey.
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Is there a big difference? The wood for reference is 4ft long and about an inch thick, pine obviously. 2x4's were 6 feet, this is meant to hold a few tanks in a closet.
Yes there is a pretty big difference in a 1x3 and a 2x4. One way you can test your boards is to sit on them(if you are close to the proper weight) or start stacking weight equal to what you will be putting on it. If it bows then I wouldn't trust it. I would weigh on the side of caution and use boards I know for sure would handle the weight.

is it this video?if so he clearly states in the first minute to use 2x4's and not 1x3's.

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Yes there is a pretty big difference in a 1x3 and a 2x4. One way you can test your boards is to sit on them(if you are close to the proper weight) or start stacking weight equal to what you will be putting on it. If it bows then I wouldn't trust it. I would weigh on the side of caution and use boards I know for sure would handle the weight.

is it this video?if so he clearly states in the first minute to use 2x4's and not 1x3's.

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2x4's are obviously stronger because it's thicker and wider. You're looking at close to 600 lbs on that bowfront after tank weight, water, substrate and decor (especially rocks).

This guy didn't create anything new. They've been making homemade benches this way for ages.
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In my area, an 8' 2x4 is $3. Considering how little you'll spend on using stronger lumber vs how much time and money will be invested in the tanks (and the cost of any kind of structural failure), erroring on the side of "overbuilt" is a no-brainer to me.
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