75 gallon aquarium stand, reclaimed pallets

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Project by VAnative posted 12-21-2015 02:42 PM 2560 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 75 gallon aquarium stand built with a 2×4 frame and skinned with pallet slats. The doors are also pallet slats framed with cedar. I used kreg joinery for the frame which, in my opinion, is perfect for this application. I purposefully did not mill the wood, just gave it a light sanding to knock down splinters. the base and the lip that covers the black tank frame were actually ripped from a 2×4 because I ran out of those particular pallet slats. I mixed a few stains until I got a color that somewhat matched the pallets. I know the pallet wood isn’t a soft wood, but I’m not sure what it is either.

-- Don't be upset by the results you didn't get with the work you didn't do.

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#1 posted 12-21-2015 04:01 PM

Nice job.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 12-21-2015 06:42 PM

looks great, now it just needs the lid to house all the lighting made in the same manner

-- John Gray

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#3 posted 12-21-2015 09:53 PM

That looks fantastic!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#4 posted 12-22-2015 10:38 AM

Thank you for the compliments. John, I have an open top aquarium, so I don’t need a hood. I had considered just making a frame to cover the top rim, but ultimately decided it wasn’t worth it. Here are a couple pictures of the tank from a few months ago. Sorry about the crappy phone camera quality

-- Don't be upset by the results you didn't get with the work you didn't do.

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#5 posted 12-22-2015 01:00 PM

i might have to take back some of the things i have said about using pallets. that looks mighty fine indeed

-- just a goon with a hammer.

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