Controversial "ugly IKEA design" Aquarium Stand

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Project by SuperCubber posted 06-12-2014 03:54 PM 4617 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the finished project. This design caused a bit of a stir when I asked a question about it. Anyhow, here is the finished stand, in all its black “IKEA” glory. As some may remember, my sister chose this design based on one she liked in the store, so this is for her.

It’s made from plywood and poplar. I colored it with India Ink, and coated it with water-based poly.

Yes, the supports go all the way through to the floor.

Thanks for looking. Any and all comments-critiques are welcome.


P.S. If anyone is interested, I have the sketchup file is available.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC

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The Box Whisperer

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#1 posted 06-12-2014 04:22 PM

I remember all of that hoopla. Long story short if your supports go to the floor for structure (which of course they do) then you are good to go. Your sisters stand looks great to me, and will look even better to her. Design preferences are specific to individual humans, don’t let the negativity slow you down. You made it well and you made it strong, exactly as you needed to. Nicely done.

EDITED: In my opinion, Ikea doesn’t even deserve mention. The inspiration may have come from their design, but I doubt they have ever made a single piece with the quality of materials workmanship put into this piece. When the Ikea furniture is mulching her gardens, this piece will still be holding a huge aquarium.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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Mr M's Woodshop

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#2 posted 06-12-2014 04:24 PM

You’re happy. Sister is happy. Fish are happy. Life is good.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#3 posted 06-12-2014 06:28 PM

I have done many things for clients that aren’t exactly to my “taste” but what the customer wants, he customer gets. That being said this does look nice and it will last a million times longer than its RTA inspiration. Great work!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#4 posted 06-12-2014 06:39 PM

Thanks, guys.

The one she liked wasn’t even at IKEA. Actually, neither of us has ever even BEEN to an IKEA. The reference to IKEA was a joking one in regards to a comment on the old thread I mentioned.


-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 06-12-2014 06:40 PM

Good looking. If your sister is happy, that’s the main concern.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 06-12-2014 07:41 PM

It’s always nice to please your sister and I think that this must have done the job. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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