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Old 06-17-2005, 04:21 PM   #1
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What should I build my stand out of?

I'm going to be building my own stand. What type of wood would be the best to use? Should I paint it or seal it? This tank will be built in the wall so no one will see the stand I don't care if it's pretty or not.
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acrylic or glass? What size tank?
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My tank will be glass and 140 g tank.
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Old 06-17-2005, 04:34 PM   #4
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pine is cheap and well strong enough to support your tank. You can place a piece of 3/4" plywood over the top of the frame to evenly support your tank. I have done this with my tank and did this. It works great. I don't think with as little water as the wood is going to see that you need to waterproof it. Although I would suggest that you use some type of sheet rcok that is treated for damp areas.
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Old 06-17-2005, 04:36 PM   #5
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standard 2X4 lumber will be fine. No need to sheet the top of stand since you have a glass tank. No need to paint etc if you can not see it. Should be a easy job if you have any building experience at all should only take a couple hours to complete it.
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I recommend mahagony, oak, or cherry...but pine is fine.
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I recommend mahagony, oak, or cherry...but pine is fine.
For a stand built in the wall behind sheetrock?

Make it out of titanium then while we are wasting money.

I had to edit my response. I mis-spelled a word.
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LOL Brenden is too funny

Very true make it outta pine no need to waist $$$ on any other kind of wood. Not sure the plywood is necessary if you build the stand properly it should be even anyways.
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Particle board I think it's called is also very strong. Cheap too
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I would go with the 2x4's sheeted with 3/4 plywood across the top. And just because a can of polyurethane costs about $5.00, I would still coat it a time or 2. If for no other reason than to guarantee that no water soaks into the wood and begins to deteriorate it. And I would go with the green sheetrock to. It's for the most part water resistant. They use it in bathrooms where the walls tend to get wet.
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