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Old 05-30-2014, 12:20 PM   #1
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36 gallon bowfront stand.

I am going to build a stand for my tank but I'm not sure how to make the curve in the front. I have already built a stand for my 10 gallon, so I already know how to set it up.

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Old 05-30-2014, 12:28 PM   #2
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You'll need to trace your tank onto a piece of cardboard. This will be your template.. transfer marks onto plywood to make your top and bottom. Are you going to make it an open stand or have a door?

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Old 05-30-2014, 12:39 PM   #3
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I'm thinking about having doors so it looks better, but I don't know if I can fit the extra wood into the budget.
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:40 PM   #4
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You can always add doors later, I'll be here

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Should I add a support in the middle that goes from front to back? It would just be for extra support.
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:48 PM   #6
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You should frame it as you would any stand, with a good solid 2x4 frame under top plywood and bottom, legs with Jacks. the radius plywood is just for show, the entire perimeter needs to be supported... draw up a set check of what your thinking and we can go over it if you'd like

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Old 05-30-2014, 01:01 PM   #7
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There's just a sketch. It would be 31 long 16 wide and 36 tall. I drew it with out doors for now. I can make another one if you want/need.
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He frame the plywood sits on should look something like this

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Old 05-30-2014, 01:21 PM   #9
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The bow is just the plywood?
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Old 05-30-2014, 01:37 PM   #10
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Looks good to me, than you'll have your bow front ply to round out the front if you choose to wrap it later..

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Old 05-30-2014, 02:58 PM   #12
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Thanks for the help! I'll update as I build.
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I have a bow front stand if you'd like some pictures

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Old 05-31-2014, 09:32 PM   #14
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Did you make it yourself?
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No it came with a tank I bought. I'm going to use it as a template for mine

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Sort I've not been updating this thread. But I finished the frame for the stand. I'm still not sure if I want to put plywood on the sides and top and bottom. I'll post pics soon.


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I decided not to put plywood down, tore down the tank and put it on the stand. And there's a space between the stand and edge of the tank. Is this okay to have or is it a big problem?Click image for larger version

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Can you take a pic under the tank looking up so we can see what kind of support is in the center. Imo I would finish with plywood and a few coats of sealer. I think eventually water and salt will take its toll on the exposed 2x4's

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There isn't any support underneath other than the middle bracing of the tank. And I was thinking some time down the road I would add plywood and a stain/sealer.
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Imo I would definitely put a plywood top on if you have no additional bracing under the tank

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