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Old 10-20-2008, 01:24 AM   #11
 
I attached a picture of the joins on a frame I am making, hopefully it works and you can see what I did :)
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:02 AM   #12
 
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Umm, for some reason, it doesn't look as strong as simply bolting the two whole pieces of pine together?

Can you explain what you did there please?
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:58 AM   #13
 
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Picture explains all
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Old 10-20-2008, 05:06 AM   #14
 
yeah basically the vertical is cut back as are the horizontals, then the horizontals overlap and rest on the vertical ledge so that the vertical takes the weight and doesn't stress the screws. Hope that makes sense haha
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:12 AM   #15
 
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Then what is keeping the horizontal square figure sitting on top of the vertical planks? Just a few more screws? I take it your project is not yet completed?

The thickness of my wood is 90mm*45mm. Is this a good thickness? And what type of screws am I looking at buying? As in what metal should they be? I really want this to be a solid stand, thats why im not taking any chances and asking all the stupid little questions too...
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:27 AM   #16
 
This picture should better show what I was talking about, you can see the cuts easier when it's seperated.... note that one of the horizontals should have a shorter overlap than the other, but these were just some practice cuts I had laying around :) Overall idea is the same.

The reason it's strongher than just bolting a couple of bits of pine together is, this way screws don't take a huge amount of vertical force, they mainly just hold the shape of the frame. it's the vertical plank that takes the vertical force, and it can support alot more than a couple of screws can (I read somewhere pine will hold up to about 700lbs per square inch).
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:32 AM   #17
 
There are two screws at the end of each horizintal to fix it to the vertical. All joints are glued with liquid nails as well :) The metal you choose for the screws really doesn't matter, as long as they are about 35-45mm long (given the thickness of your structural pine). I say that because I am pretty sure that all the screws in bunnings are either galvanised or alloys that don't rust. They're all labelled so just get some that are suitable for pine and away you go.
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:02 AM   #18
 
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Thankyou so very much for your help, I think i'm ready to start constructing my stand...

As soon as i'm finished i'll post some pics up
Just got to get my HSC out of the way first lol, dumb HSC (just kidding)
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:35 AM   #19
 
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http://www.fishforum.com/diy-aquariu...ank-stand-240/
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:51 AM   #20
 
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Well thats just dandy isn't it now mate? It's been what? 5 days, and now you decide to show up! great..... I could have been started on my stand by now. It's all your fault SK...


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