90 gallon Saltwater aquarium stand

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Project by dakotanut posted 09-19-2018 08:17 PM 1138 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is 32” tall x 48” wide x 19” deep. Made mostly from 2×6 untreated lumber. Its overkill but 900 lbs of saltwater, rock and substrate I wanted it to be able to withstand it pretty good. Outside is maple furniture grade plywood. All edges and corners are sanded smooth. Filled all nail holes in the Maple. Final sand and stain/poly. Will seal the inside with something. Maybe Thompsons wood sealer and poly. Its going to be a dark reddish brown stain. It will have barn doors on the front for opening and closing. Its taken me about 4 weeks time so far. I’m being very meticulous.

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#1 posted 09-19-2018 09:06 PM

It looks reals sturdy, and you’re right!
It’s got to hold a tremendous amount of weight.
Many years a go I had a 55 gallon show tank and as i was filling it the first time I heard a big “Crack”.
I was bailing water as fast as I could.
The cheap-o stand it came with failed and the glass tank twisted and started leaking.
What a mess!
Good on you for making sure you ‘over-build’ your stand. You are a wise man!

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

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#2 posted 09-20-2018 01:26 PM

That’a a cool looking stand. I agree with you about overkill. No one sees the inside anyone. I made one years ago and it looks like a tank inside but the outside is Hickory. Enjoy your swimming buddies.

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

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#3 posted 09-20-2018 02:20 PM

Thanks. First real project like this. Will post more when I’m done this coming weekend. On to the home plate ball holder.

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#4 posted 09-21-2018 02:03 PM

would like to see the tank with the fish in the future, I enjoy fish and have a 90 to 100 gallon re-curve tank. I came with a matching re-curve cabinet.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 09-21-2018 04:16 PM

It will soon enough. 90 gallon bow front tank. I need tank resealed also.

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