60 Gallon Aquarium Stand

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Project by bereanracer posted 05-01-2012 02:09 AM 11027 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first “real” woodworking project. I wanted to build a custom stand for my new aquarium that would fit all the necessary equipment below the tank. Store bought stands tend to be just a tad small for my needs. I created the plan in Sketchup using a basic frame consisting of 2×4s to hold all the weight. The outside was done with select pine using nothing but store bought dimensional lumber. This is where Sketchup was invaluable, since it allowed me to plan things without having to do a single rip (since I don’t yet have a table saw). All fastening was done with glue and pocket screws. The inside was painted white and sealed (in case of small spills) and the outside was lightly stained and finished with satin poly. The door panels are held on with several recessed magnets. Overall I think the whole thing came out looking pretty good. With a lot of help from my step-dad (an experienced woodworker) I had a lot of fun with my first “real” woodworking project, so much in fact that now I’m hooked.

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#1 posted 05-01-2012 02:53 AM

Welcome to LJ’s, that came out really nice. I am planning for a big fish tank when I redo my basement, I think i will borrow some elements of your design. Really nice job, especially for you first real project.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 05-01-2012 12:10 PM

Welcome to LJ Bereanracer,

Not bad for your first project! Glad to see you started with a proper plan.

I’m building a 155 gal. salt water bow front stand out of cherry for myself too. Lots of fun!

Is the lid side panel hinged so you can feed the fish?

I would say you’re ready for a table saw…...and a sliding mitre saw, and a jointer, and a planer, and a band saw…etc, etc, etc. Ha!

Good job!

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#3 posted 05-01-2012 04:23 PM

I didn’t hinge the panel. I just take it off and set it on top of the hood when I feed the fish/shrimp/corals. I did use some latches on the front bottom panel to keep the kiddies out.

I borrowed a friends mitre saw for the project, but I’m wiring up a 220 outlet in the garage for an impending table saw purchase. Hopefully I’ll get the green light from CINC House for a jointer and planer to follow.

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#4 posted 05-02-2012 02:43 AM

That’s nice! Where are the fish?...

-- I never finish anyth

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#5 posted 05-02-2012 12:18 PM

At the time when I took the finished set of pictures (Oct 2011) I still needed to get the lights, pump, skimmer, etc. When those came in (after Christmas) everything was moved to the final location in the entry hallway where it’s tough to get a good full tank shot. There has been fish in there since January.

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