It seems that all the aquarium stand plans on the net has a full skirt at the base to hide a central support along the lenght of the stand. I am looking to build a shaker style stand, and the skirt will look too heavy. So I am thinking of doing something like the picture below.
I am planning a frame & panel construction, & since the panels are floating, the load will have to be carried by the frame alone. I am planning to use a double 1"x4" for the rails (top & bottom). The central support joining the top & bottom rails will be off centered (so I have room to move a sump in & out). To be cautious, the top rail should be able to carry the entire load (although the load will be shared by the bottom rail as well).
The tank is 70 gal
, so I am looking at 600 or so lbs. I think I will be making this out of maple, and all joints will be motiss/tenon.
Does anyone know the load bearing capacity of maple? You think 2"x4" will be good (note this is true dimension - not the 1.5x3.5 of softwood lumber)? Or should I be worried about sagging in the middle without the center support going all the way to the floor?
Anyone built something similar?