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Old 12-24-2009, 10:05 AM
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Post My DIY Indestructable Tank Stand

Several members have asked for more details about the stand in my overdue 90 gal build thread so here goes nothing.....




My 90 gal Stand Build



This stand is being built for a standard 90 gallon aquarium with measurements of 48”L x 18”W 24”H. I like things simple so I have over engineered the strength of this stand while significantly simplifying the build process at the same time.
The stand will be built using standard 4”x4” lumber. I am going to keep the math simple and use dimensional measurements instead of actual product size (a 4x4 is not actually 4” but 3 5/8th x 3 5/8” due to shrinkage as the wood dries out.)
I would highly suggest acclimating the wood to the room it will eventually be in for at least 2 weeks prior to building the stand if at all possible, this will help prevent problems with shrinking and twisting after the stand is built due to humidity differences. DO NOT use pressure treated lumber, it will cause the stand to crack and twist as it loses it’s very high moisture content in your climate controlled environment.
This stand may be built in 2 configurations to suite your style and preferences. Because we are using 4x4 lumber a center brace is not needed for support allowing an open cabinet or you can add the support brace anyway which will allow you to add doors to it if desired.
I am going to make a 28” high stand in this build. It is very easy to adjust the height to your preference, determine how high you want your stand to be and subtract 8” from that. This is the length you will cut your leg pieces to so you get the correct height.

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Qty. Description length
4 top and bottom rails 4” x 4” x 49.5”
4 (6)* cross rails 4” x 4” x 19”
4 (6)* legs (will determine stand height) 4” x 4” x 20”
(6)* needed pieces if using center brace


Assembly:

First, we need to notch both ends of each cross rail so they will eventually lock into the top and bottom rails. Measure in 4” from the end and make a 2” deep cut with a circular saw, now remove all excess material from the cut to the end of the cross rail, (I used a sharp wood chisel to clean up any rough spots) repeat process on the other end until all pieces are completed.
http://www.3reef.com/forums/members/telgar-albums-indestructable-stand-picture4937-5-adding-cross-rail-legs.jpg

We need to do the same thing on the 4 top and bottom rails. If using the center brace these rails will also need a 4” wide 2” deep notch cut out centered at 24 Ύ” on each of the 4 rails.
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Next we are going to add the legs to the cross rails to create our support assemblies; Please take your time to make sure these are straight and square or your stand will not be level, there will be either 2 or 3 of these depending on which configuration you are building. For this we need 2 legs and 2 cross rails, use wood glue to stick the legs to the cross rails and then add a 3” deck screw thru each notch into the legs to secure them. Drive the screws until they are flush with the wood surface. Repeat until all your support assemblies are complete.
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http://www.3reef.com/forums/members/telgar-albums-indestructable-stand-picture4939-7-completed-support-assemblies.jpg
Finally we are going to fit our support assemblies into the top and bottom rails to complete the stand. Lay out the 2 bottom rails with the cutouts facing up, insert the support assemblies into the bottom rail notches to insure a clean tight fit. Add the top rails to the assembly to insure fit. Once all the joints are clean and tight remove the top rails and support assemblies so they can be glued and secured in place with a few 2” deck screws added to each post connection while using a level and a speed square to make sure the stand doesn’t look like the leaning tower of pizza.
http://www.3reef.com/forums/members/telgar-albums-indestructable-stand-picture4940-8-test-fitting-support-assembly.jpg
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http://www.3reef.com/forums/members/telgar-albums-indestructable-stand-picture4943-12-completed-stand-tank.jpg

Let the glue dry overnight and it will require a wrecking ball to destroy your new stand…. Enjoy J

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Old 12-24-2009, 10:12 AM   #2
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thats a solid stand telgar. excellent craftsmanship and planning. there will be no failures with it. as a side note , the actual size of the lumber isnt from shrinkage , its from being "dressed" , they get the lumber in its 4x4 form ,then plane the roughness off of it.
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Old 12-24-2009, 11:32 AM   #3
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Dam, that thing is a tank! You probably could have done without the center brace with only a 4' span tho and that would have left way more space underneath.

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Old 12-24-2009, 11:42 AM   #4
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Dam, that thing is a tank! You probably could have done without the center brace with only a 4' span tho and that would have left way more space underneath.

~Will.
your absolutely right, but there ws actually a bit of method to my madness

I built the stand stronger than necessary, as well as a little lower than normal.
The stand is only 24" high which allows me to stand in front of it and do any and all maintenance tasks without getting on a clumsy stool
I was able to do this because the tank has a closet in the wall behind it that i'm using as a mini fish room.
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Old 12-24-2009, 05:40 PM   #5
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Great work, I think you could easily support the original Hummer on that stand.
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lol nice one i made my stand for my 6ft out of 70mm timber and its quite strong and i used the same techniques u did nice job
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Do you think a 6' tank like a 125 could be built without a center brace using your configuration?
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And I thought my DIY stand for my DIY plywood epoxy tank was over built!

Remembering how cheaply my AGA mission stand was built for my 90g I had, you won't ever have any issues with that stand.
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Do you think a 6' tank like a 125 could be built without a center brace using your configuration?

You could easily use 2x6's the tall way for the top of the stand instead like I did. I think a 2x6 that way actually has more strength than a 4x4 does.

I put a center brace in the back of my 62" long stand, but I know it was not necessary at all.
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