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DIY aquarium stand - starting point

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Section' started by Cip, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Ok so I decided to build an aquarium stand to hold my current 30L tank 29x29x35cm and another one which will be 40x25x25cm ( 25L ) or 50x30x30cm ( 45L ), so it need to hold >75L of water but I guess I need to make it stronger taking in consideration also the hardscape, substrate and equipments so it will need to hold roughly 100kg.

    I found this tutorial on "the king of DIY" channel:


    The dimensions of the stand will be 80x30x60-70cm

    Please feel free to give me some advices.

    Thanks!
     

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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    That is typical DIY over built I had a 6ft and a 5ft on a veneered cabinet made with 19mm particle board, its now a cabinet for books and glassware its at least 35 years old.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  3. Cip

    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    so you are saying not to follow those instructions there to use 2x5 inch wood sticks and go thinner ?
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    For a DIY thing is looking very good, taking into consideration also it's age.
     
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    Remember I am a Cabinet Maker its professionally made not a handy man DIY.

    My Jebo tank stand is made from 19ml particle board.

    When I was doing an Industrial Design course we had to make a seat out of corrugated cardboard for a large man to sit in safely its easy if you know the basics of design.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Cip Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Cip, when i shifted to a medium size tank - 40gallons glass tank planning to join the international aquascaping contest
    first i prepare my supposed tank cabinet where i could sit my 40gallons glass tank.

    here in the Philippines we do not use particle board in making cabinet espcially when it is intended to sit an aquarium
    because when it becomes wet the board weaken.

    i used marine plywood. out of the available plywood just lying idle in house, i was able to make a cabinet not professionaly
    done but still standing and still in use todate.

    let me share the photos i still kept in hardisk.

    the supposed door cabinet was made of particle wood that i have save after my chest flood cause by typhone in 2010
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    on the floor are the only tools i have used during the cabinet making as i am not a carpenter.
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    Cabinet door fitting before proceeding additional framing to make the cabinet stronger.
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    the finished product. i painted the whole cabinet with wood varnish.
    when everything was dried up i started buying glass and diy my own glass tank right on top of the cabinet.
    05.14.03.2010.jpg
     
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    here is my finished product. the cabinet and the glass tank. waiting for the silicon to fully dry before doing the hydro test.
    the other cabinet was also submerged in water during the flush flood. it is made with ordinary ply and not with marine ply
    the reason the other side was damaged.
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  10. Cip

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    Thank you @Ed Villagracia for sharing your experience. It turned out pretty nice. I'm really not interested in the looks only need to do what was intended to do.

    Same thing was on my mind using particle board, the humidity, but here is not so humid like in your country, I think I could use some coating paint for wood.

    This is a problem, too many options :)). I found a wood store here that has everything including plywood, particle board and also the wood that was used in the video I've shared with you. Now I just need to decide which way to go.

    Like you I'm not a carpeter but also I don't really have the skills which it seems that you guys have.
     
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    hi Cip, thanks for appreciating. learn the trade by just watching and keep asking the carpenters who are working when
    i hired them to build [construction] of my home.
     
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  12. Cip

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    I think I will ask my uncle, he was a carpenter.
     
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium-density_fibreboard

    This is the danger board MDF if it smell moisture it expands where as quality veneered particle board is a furniture grade and quality board, it will swell if exposed to water that is why all edges are either veneered or sealed correctly (like many products there are many grades the cheaper grades and just that cheap.

    Marine grade is the best providing it is quality marine grade its also the most expensive.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    Hi Ed, Nice Build (y)
     
  15. Cip

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    Hey guys, I need your opinion. Is this stable enough for a 45l ? Thanks.

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    What are the sizes of that unit plus the thickness of the board used?

    I would have to it first remember it has to hold about 50kg.

    It depends what it is made from.

    I would like to see a center support added and, certainly doors plus adjustable shelves.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  17. Cip

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    18mm waterproof particle board, each plate is 600x300 mm, so it's 600mm height, 600mm long, 300mm deep.

    Yeah I know it will look better with doors and stuff but I really need something simple, I'm currently keeping a tank on the floor and I don't like it. It's a pain in the ass maintaining and looking at it.
     
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    Another reason why I don't want to make doors to it is that I don't have room to open them, but in my initial plan was to make a detachable door, like a cover and keep it in place with magnets.
     
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    I am always willing to learn but that ???

    The surface could be easily water resistant but unless all the edges are not treated it will not be water proof?

    That would make the doors less that 30cm wide it you do not have that space how can you stand in front of it?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    All the edges are treated. Behind the mockup you can see the actual boards.

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    Do you understand now why I don't have room for opened doors ? :)
     

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