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post #11 of 19 Old 02-18-2012, 08:19 AM Thread Starter
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She is done! Just needs paint, and door handles! The main frame is the size of the tank, the top is larger, i made it this way so when the back of the tank is flush with the back of the top there will be 2.5-3in of space left around the tank that i am going to put decorative stones in to give it a really unique custom look! Will put up pics of that when i get it set up!
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post #12 of 19 Old 02-18-2012, 08:35 AM
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Good Job! I wish I could make a custom tank stand. Love the idea of stone on it. I was thinking a tile top would be nice too.

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post #13 of 19 Old 02-18-2012, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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It was not all that hard. I used a router to make the cool fancy edge :)

The rest of it was just a miter saw, tape measure, drill, wood, screws, glue, brad nails, hinges, t-square.
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It was not all that hard. I used a router to make the cool fancy edge :)

The rest of it was just a miter saw, tape measure, drill, wood, screws, glue, brad nails, hinges, t-square.

Ha Ha, you haven't met me. I would be likely to put a screw through my own hand or something..
what was the overall cost of the tank stand with supplies? Maybe that will motivate me.

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post #15 of 19 Old 02-18-2012, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Well i am sure price depends on where you shop, but the 2x4s were less then 3$ each x3. 2x6 was around 3$ each at x2. Wayne's coating paneling, 10$ a pack, only needed 2 packs for this stand. Had the sheet of plywood and hinges and glue. So that can increase your cost. I would say around 50$. No more then 75$ max! And you can get so custom! Adding shelves, or a tile top would look cool! My sump is just for a 225 gallon tank so it is huge. So i needed all the room i could get under the tank so mine is just all open.

Where as a stand from a store that is no where near as strong as this would cost you 300+
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Well i am sure price depends on where you shop, but the 2x4s were less then 3$ each x3. 2x6 was around 3$ each at x2. Wayne's coating paneling, 10$ a pack, only needed 2 packs for this stand. Had the sheet of plywood and hinges and glue. So that can increase your cost. I would say around 50$. No more then 75$ max! And you can get so custom! Adding shelves, or a tile top would look cool! My sump is just for a 225 gallon tank so it is huge. So i needed all the room i could get under the tank so mine is just all open.

Where as a stand from a store that is no where near as strong as this would cost you 300+
EXACTLY!!! Not well built and cost 4 times as much. The other thing is the stand I bought the tank with from the store has a shelf and it is in the way of having a canister filter under the tank. I didn't want the canister filter sitting next to the tank (not nice looking) so I ended up having to have a HOB or sponge filter. Would have preferred the canister. I don't like wasted space and this stand though it looks alright, I know it is cheaply made. Oh how I wish I had your skills.

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post #17 of 19 Old 02-18-2012, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Exaclty why i could not justify buying a stand from the store. And really because the stand i have my sump will not fit in. So i opted for the cheaper, but superior, stand. And i will also be able to make custom outlets inside the stand for all my plugs! Will be so nice!
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Exaclty why i could not justify buying a stand from the store. And really because the stand i have my sump will not fit in. So i opted for the cheaper, but superior, stand. And i will also be able to make custom outlets inside the stand for all my plugs! Will be so nice!

Show off! Ha Ha Just kidding, that was jealousy talking. I am happy for you and want one just like it.

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post #19 of 19 Old 02-21-2012, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Finished!
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