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Old 05-24-2011, 01:26 PM   #1
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New tank stand

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So I've finally started my 90g tank project. I'm so excited! The first thing I've been working on is a new tank. Now I'm building this a little different because I wanted more room under the tank for the 55g sump and other stuff. So, instead of making a stand that is the same size as the tank, I have made it an extra 2' longer (so a 6' long stand instead of 4' long which is the length of the tank).

This is a work in progress. I have around 250 invested in materials. I wanted to make this one nice (plus I forgot to measure twice and cut once a couple times and had to replace some wood... ). The stop is made from 2x6 and the bottom is made from 2x4. I have a solid bottom under the 2x4 and I will seal the inside just in case there is a minor leak, it will hold a bit of water. Here is what I have done so far:

(Please note that I just bought this house 2 weeks ago and the flooring in the garage was already there... haven't figured out what to do with it yet!)

Now the stand:













And for a little perspective I have put my old 55g tank on the side that will also hold the 90g tank:



Still need to paint the inside, stain the outside and then coat it all with polyurethane. I'm tired just thinking about it!
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:13 PM   #2
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nice craftsmanship i could never do anything like that
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Looks great so far!
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:36 PM   #4
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nice craftsmanship i could never do anything like that
You would be surprised with what you can get done. I always thought it was hard until I tried. Still, I'm no Picasso when it comes to cabinet making, I just do enough to get the job done.

I really have only used 4 tools and only really needed 2 of them (didn't need the miter saw but it does make it easier and I only used my belt sander to fix mistakes!).

Finishing up with a 2nd coat of white paint for the inside and staining the trim on the outside. It is dark here but will try and get some more pictures up when finished.
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have a question for you, how do you know how much weight it will hold?
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:02 PM   #6
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I don't know for sure how much it will hold but I am sure it is more than enough for a 90g tank. The 2x6's across the top will support a large load and the compressive strength of the 2x4's in the corners and at the 4' mark is enough to park a car on top of.

I have seen enough stands and stand designs that I'm not worried about this one having any problems. I also have 1/4" sheet oak across the entire back and in the front (minus the door cutouts).

Compared to the stands I see in the stores I could park a freight train on this thing.
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I was going to say, the stand I bought with my 55g is all particle board. I was really upset when I didn't notice a small splash of water during my first pwc and I now have a nice bubble warp on the surface!

So yeah, I imagine it will hold the tank AND a Prius. Looks great man!
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I don't know for sure how much it will hold but I am sure it is more than enough for a 90g tank. The 2x6's across the top will support a large load and the compressive strength of the 2x4's in the corners and at the 4' mark is enough to park a car on top of.

I have seen enough stands and stand designs that I'm not worried about this one having any problems. I also have 1/4" sheet oak across the entire back and in the front (minus the door cutouts).

Compared to the stands I see in the stores I could park a freight train on this thing.
makes me want to build a stand for my 180G but the only thing ive ever built is a turtle pen for my daughter lol
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That stands beast compared to the overpriced fisher price particle board you see in stores, puts my homebuilt stand to shame I didn't even cover mine bahaha just framed it and put a top, it's used to hold a thirty and a 20, did build it for free with wood around the house
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Good looking stand

I'd say it'll hold that 90g no problem.
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