Building a stand for my 210G tank

Discussion in 'DIY' started by Elite, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    Phong - I added a vertical center brace in the back via a half lap joint. Each half lap was cut on opposite sides of the boards in an attempt to the center brace from twisting. The front also has a center brace as well, but it is attached via pocket screws on the skinny side of the 2x4 this way it can be removed when and if I need to do major work on the sump.

    I'll take some pictures tonight.
     
  2. Elite

    Elite Guest

    That would be cool Eileen.
     
  3. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    Hmmm... I went to take pictures tonight and discovered it was a little hard to explain via my pictures mainly because I actually skinned over the areas of interest with 3/4" ply already.

    So I thought I would post my inspiration from RC instead.

    http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=553005&highlight=dado

    I guess I can explain it better if you were standing in front of the stand and I could physically show you.
     
  4. Elite

    Elite Guest

    Yeah saw that thread a while back :)
    Thanks
     
  5. dswong01

    dswong01 Supporting Member

    Phong
    You might want to make the center braces removeable. Just use L brackets/angles to attach wtih screws to you wood center brace.
     
  6. Elite

    Elite Guest

    That's a idea. My setup will be very simple. It's not a big problem if I add the center brace. It's nice without it but it doesn't bother me much if there is one ;D ..
     
  7. dswong01

    dswong01 Supporting Member

    More is better especially when supporting all that weight.
     
  8. Elite

    Elite Guest

    I'm working late today so I ran to HD and got some 2x6, trims and 1/2 plywood. Another $100 :( and I still need the outer skin (1/2" plywood - birch or maple) which would be around $50. The good news is I save about $300 building the stuff by myself ;D .. I called Marine World System and they want $675 for an unfinish stand :p :D ..

    I didn't pick up the clue. What is the different between tidebond II and III?? III cost more and it seem to be stronger (according to the label). Should I get III instead??
     
  9. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

    http://www.woodworking.com/article_archive.cfm?section=5&article=1424
     
  10. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    $675 is going to worth it Phong.

    I stopped counting after I bought the 2x4's ,then the pocket screw system, then more screws, then real oak for the front of the stand - more so after that I really stopped counting because it was depressing and I hadn't even started yet. ;D
     
  11. Elite

    Elite Guest

    The fun part of DIY is you can tell people that you build that stand yourself ;) ..Plus you learn something and save some $$ ;D
     
  12. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    I don't think I saved money - this hobby is not about saving money :D

    I do like looking at the stand and think - wow, what a piece of crap - yeah, but the tank looks nice though ;D lol
     
  13. Elite

    Elite Guest

    Spent yesterday and today to work on this piece of crap ;D .. It's lighter than I thought. I was able to carry that thing all myself :D .. I'm sure when I'm done with it, I would need atleast 2 helpers to carry that inside the house.

    I use tidebond III .. Man that sucker is strong. I show you guy some test that I done later. :D

    So far I used 8 - 2x4, 3 - 2x6, 1.5 bottle of glue and 1 pound of 3" screw :p.

    I think I will add another piece of 2x4 all the way around the bottom. What do you guys think??
    There will be cross bars on top and bottom. I bought 8 pieces and I'm running out of 2x4 :eek: ..
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    I did what Bonnie suggested. I put a 1/2 plywood between the 2 - 2x6.
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  14. Elite

    Elite Guest

    Can't show the stand without the tank ;D
    I cleaned it and remove the two overflow boxes. I need to replace the glass and cover the holes on one side. I will use only one.
    Tank is in the garage and it's hard to take pic. I wish I can move it around :) ..
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    Here is a question for you guys. What should I do with this?? I know I can use silicone but I don't the new one will stick well with the old one. :(

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  15. Elite

    Elite Guest

    Almost there :D ... I need to apply several coats for the doors I just finished (that's why the color is not the same with the rest). Install the bottom trim and the side door.

    I didn't stain it because my wife doesn't like it. I'm regretted that I listen to her >:( ..

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  16. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    Looks good Phong. It will be even more cool when you get everything up and running. :D
     
  17. Elite

    Elite Guest

    ;D It will up and running soon. I have to add some support for the floor. Ordered the jack post already. Hopefully I can find some free times to work on the overflow and the sump this weekend.

    I'm thinking about painting the sump/fuge all black except the front. Do you know what to use to paint acrylic??
     
  18. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    Krylon fusion spray paint.
     
  19. skorpinok

    skorpinok Guest

    Phong - if you're not staining it - what are you going to use to protect from water splash? Will you be using some type of urethane / verathane?

    Nice job on the main structure - looks very sturdy. The stand look strong enough to hold your honda minivan. ;D
     
  20. Elite

    Elite Guest

    I use Polyacrylic gloss finish.

    Yeah because the tank will weight about the same as my mini van when it's fully loaded ;D ..
     

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