Fish tank Stand

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Project by robscastle posted 07-28-2017 07:37 AM 1899 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project made for family friends, the frame is recycled materials apart from the ply shelves and sides the top and hardware.

Picture 3 shows the concept I had to work with with the additional requirement of the door and finish, picture 5 was to match existing furniture.

All held together with pocket hole joinery and glued in panels.

Finish was satin with Jarrah stain

The detailed construction can be found here as a series of blogs.

Once the fish arrive I will take a in service picture as an update.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 07-28-2017 07:54 AM

Very nice one.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 07-28-2017 08:31 AM

That is really good looking Rob, great job.
Love to see it in place with the fish in it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 07-28-2017 09:59 AM

Good looking stand, Rob! The color is really rich.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 07-28-2017 10:14 AM

very nice stand,Robert
no one can tell that is made from recycled materials
I hope it is enough strong…

-- bambi

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#5 posted 07-28-2017 12:57 PM

Nice looking stand. The jarrah stain looks great. Reminds me when I built my stand years back.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 07-28-2017 02:21 PM

Very cool!

Wife has been asking me to do one, but I’m leary… How do you ensure it can take the weight of the tank?

-- Red pencil, red marker, marking knife... doesn't mater, the wood will end up the same color.

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#7 posted 07-28-2017 02:27 PM

Nicely built.
Filled fish tanks are extremely heavy and I have had some bad experiences with low quality fish tank stands so I can appreciate the 8 square legs distributing the weight nicely across the stand and vertically into the floor.
Well engineered, well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 07-28-2017 02:49 PM

Very nicely done! Yours is much better than the concept. The finish turned out well. I really enjoyed your blog. Thanks for posting. I was on the verge of building our own fish tank stand until I found out we had to move.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#9 posted 07-28-2017 04:50 PM

This is a very nice aquarium stand.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 07-28-2017 08:54 PM

It STILL looks fishy to me… LOL

Looking good!!

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#11 posted 07-29-2017 01:43 AM

out of the park buddy!!!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 07-29-2017 08:04 AM

Well whats a LJ to say, but thanks everybody for your kind words.

I can however provide some answers:-

woodworm You provide me with some very interesting reading on your Posts

BobWemm yes the fish will make a guest appearance.

DreganTepis The owner upon realising it would be supporting about 400 Kgs designed the timber post dimensions

There is a cover to be finished which sits on top of the actual tank its being worked on at the moment

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 07-30-2017 08:09 AM

Rob, you really stick with the projects and move them along. Nice job here. I like and appreciate the sturdiness of the construction. How did you move the tank around? I presume you put the fish into bags, but still it is a lot of weight and work to move the tank. What is the top made of? The finish turned out well. I like your design and use of pocket hole screws.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 07-30-2017 08:54 AM

Hello Al
Funny you should ask about the tank, It was originally all going to be disposed of as it had been empty for some time then the wife requested a decent stand as she wanted to reactivate everything.

The top is more blockboard it will be finished to match the stand.
Here is a sneak peek.

-- Regards Rob

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