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Old 05-06-2004, 02:09 AM   #1
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Shaker style aquarium stand - work in progress **Finished**

I am building a new stand for a 70 gal tank. I have decided to build it in a shaker style (a modified copy of a "dry sink"). It is a basic frame & panel construction, with the beauty more in the simple lines rather than in ornametations.

Although a frame & panel cabinet built out of hardwood should be able to carry the weight of the tank, I am being caution & adding a subframe for strength. I've finished the subframe (after about 30 Hrs), and starting to join the outter frame/panels to that.

Everything is coming to a crashing halt because it SNOWED last night and it is too cold to work in the garage (besides, wood glue won't hold too well in sub-zero weather). So instead of working on the project, I am surfing AA instead.

I figure I will post some pics of my work in progress, in case someone building a stand need some ideas. Also, if someone spots any problems - let me know before I put several hundred lbs. of water on it!

So, the first pic is the completed subframe. This is built out of lumber dressed to 1.25" x 2.5" (actual dimensions). Joints are half lap or open mortiss, glued & screwed. The whole thing will be 32" H, 48" L, 20" deep.

I will post more pics once I get the outter frame/panels jointed.
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Do you think taking the supports all the way to the floor in the middle would help support the weight in the middle of the structure better?
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Looks good to me so far. I see you have a few nice pieces of woodworking equipment too . I'll look forward to seeing the finished product.
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Looks good to me so far. I see you have a few nice pieces of woodworking equipment too . I'll look forward to seeing the finished product.
Agree, this going to be a good one!
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you people and your "wood shops" YOU MAKE ME... well... jelous Looking forward to the updates!
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Shaker aquarium stand. Hm. I hadnt realized that the shakers had aquariums. Love to see it when its finished.
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I think he's referring to the shaker style hood off a 71' Dodge Challenger
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Do you think taking the supports all the way to the floor in the middle would help support the weight in the middle of the structure better?
Yes, but that would ruin the lines of the finish product.

I tested the rails as is & each side can support over 200 lbs without problems - & it will be better yet when the outter frame is joint to it.

However, I like to over build things. Those cross braces on the bottom rails are actually cantilevered supports & will have hidden legs. With that, I figure the stand should be able to hold a couple thousand lbs.
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drooooling over the jointer and tagging along! This one has the making of a masterpiece. Love it!

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Its looking great jsoong! I hope your weather clears up so we can get some progress pictures
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