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Saturday, October 4, 2008

How to make a 55 gallon tank stand (48X13X20)

48X13X20; are the measurments
done with the help of my husband and brother

What i bought:

• 3 2x4x10
• 4 2x4x8
• 16 corner angles
• 2" wood screws (DON'T use nails)
• 1/2" wood screws (for the angles)
• 1 can of wood paint
• 1 2" brush

What else will i need:
• circular saw
• drill
• sander
• pencil
• meassuretape
• the triangle to draw the lines (no idea what it's called right now)

(Please click all pictures to enlarge for a better view)

already precut:
• 5 pieces of 2x4x54
• 8 pieces of 2x4x34
• 8 pieces of 2x4x15

my husband sanding the rough edges

measuring from the edge in on where the cross piece goes

measuring exactly the difference on how far apart the piece has to come

screwing on the pieces to the top first, which has 3 long pieces across

more screwing

an idea how it should look on the top, you see only 2 long pieces for the bottom

finally getting to the vertical pieces, which will be screwed on with the 2" screws first and then angles will be added with additional 1/2" screws

connecting the bottom and the top piece

final screws

hooray, the stand is screwed together

now painting it, to match the rest of my furniture in the living room

done painting, and ready to go into the house

the stand in my living room and my tank put onto it. It looks awesome, I love it, and it matches my shelving on the right and the left :)
It took me about an hour to build, it's fun and easy it's heavy, but well worth to build yourself I only spend 60 bucks on materials :), which saved me a bunch of money instead of buying a stand I will add later on a shelf on the left, add a door and cover the right side with siding :)

What else I bought:

2 sheets of 1/16x24x48 cardboard
1 pack of 1/2" nails

covered the front to about the middle which is 24" high

added another 4" piece on the top

and added shelving right on top of it for all my accessories and stuff Ii need for a happy fishkeeping ;)

And here is what the final stand looks like with front boards and shelving, and that all for a total of 70 bucks

Try it yourself it's fun

Now you're ready to set up your aquarium!

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  • At October 12, 2008 at 8:04 AM , Blogger Real cab driver said...

    Carl, you have a wonderful blog. I'm a lifetime failure with aquariums, but every so often I try again. You've inspired me, I'm going to try again, yet another time. I may pester you with a question from time to time. It will take a while to read all the stuff you have. I also love your many blogs setup, I will click on a few of the links for you. Thanks, R.C.

  • At January 28, 2010 at 1:59 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

    this build WAS fun and i enjoyed every minute of it. The stand turned out great and is really sturdy. thanks for the great idea on how to build a tank stand!

    - William Swain
    Charleston, SC

  • At February 2, 2011 at 2:59 PM , Blogger Eve said...

    OH wow, i never realized someone would actually really build one too :-O

    Thank you so much for your comment William :-)


  • At December 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

    Thanks for the walkthru built it and holds my 55 gal aquarium wonderfully!


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