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Aquattro
05-26-2014, 02:50 PM
Anyone want to do a thread on pictures of stands? I need inspiration :)

LoJack
05-26-2014, 03:28 PM
Here are some of the one I built for my reef.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/LoJack29/IMG_2387.jpg (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/LoJack29/media/IMG_2387.jpg.html)

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/LoJack29/19318175.jpg (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/LoJack29/media/19318175.jpg.html)

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/LoJack29/28c26c79.jpg (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/LoJack29/media/28c26c79.jpg.html)

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/LoJack29/0b43e3d1.jpg (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/LoJack29/media/0b43e3d1.jpg.html)

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/LoJack29/b7e17f2e.jpg (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/LoJack29/media/b7e17f2e.jpg.html)

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/LoJack29/32e20bd2.jpg (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/LoJack29/media/32e20bd2.jpg.html)

And then the canopy

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/LoJack29/0c4a6361.jpg (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/LoJack29/media/0c4a6361.jpg.html)

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/LoJack29/63c9b8cf.jpg (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/LoJack29/media/63c9b8cf.jpg.html)

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/LoJack29/f2de2dcb.jpg (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/LoJack29/media/f2de2dcb.jpg.html)

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/LoJack29/762b1d1c.jpg (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/LoJack29/media/762b1d1c.jpg.html)

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/LoJack29/ecc8a52e.jpg (http://s165.photobucket.com/user/LoJack29/media/ecc8a52e.jpg.html)

Weird, I can't find a picture with the doors on the stand. I built the same panel doors I put on the canopy. It is fully wrapped. I'll see if I can track something down.

Aquattro
05-26-2014, 03:33 PM
Beautiful set, but way beyond my skills :)

I'm thinking of going a more modern gloss black setup. Less detail to mess up -lol

The Guy
05-26-2014, 04:38 PM
Wow what a great looking stand, we got some real woodworking guru's in our community!

Reefer Rob
05-26-2014, 04:53 PM
2x4 stand construction. Interlocking joints, all glued and screwed. Maybe a bit heavy, but...

Skinned in Maple, but could have been painted black with simpler woodworking if you prefer that look.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ZNf1pM_dOMU/UpTF9-MvLMI/AAAAAAAAAtw/ovexPmrWaco/w487-h649-no/20131124_162656.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-To6qbqVobxI/UpTGPRbnwnI/AAAAAAAAAkk/hO0r6BlAJt8/w487-h649-no/20131124_162734.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rZRyeNOWcDA/UpTGIxYifoI/AAAAAAAAAkY/54jTEgyliSI/w487-h649-no/20131124_162717.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-vbGLQ0uT7BY/UpV98BD7EKI/AAAAAAAAAk4/ZO2qsHCOdXA/w865-h649-no/20131126_210633.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-syu6aAkTX60/Urm4Nyb0XCI/AAAAAAAAAxw/m8lDFcTddV0/w487-h649-no/20131224_073738.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-D1-52FqWqhg/UsDxBQPnPxI/AAAAAAAAAyk/Ii8nUzoz37k/w487-h649-no/20131229_192417.jpg

xenon
05-26-2014, 05:04 PM
Beautiful set, but way beyond my skills :)

I'm thinking of going a more modern gloss black setup. Less detail to mess up -lol

Have you ever considered aluminum extrusion?

It's light, does not rust and very modular. If ever you upgrade or downgrade your tank, you just need to swap out a few beam.

The same cannot be said about welded metal stands.

Aquattro
05-26-2014, 05:21 PM
Have you ever considered aluminum extrusion?
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No, this has to be on a tight budget, so it's a DIY out of wood. Although, looking at the stands above, maybe I should just buy one haha

Wood working tools and skills are limited, so it's going to have to be basic. The frame part is easy enough, it's the finishing that throws me. My 4 yo current stand still isn't finished.

xenon
05-26-2014, 05:41 PM
No, this has to be on a tight budget, so it's a DIY out of wood. Although, looking at the stands above, maybe I should just buy one haha

Wood working tools and skills are limited, so it's going to have to be basic. The frame part is easy enough, it's the finishing that throws me. My 4 yo current stand still isn't finished.

I hear ya.

When I look at the prices of the standard wood tanks stands you can buy at the LFS, it shocks me. I could build a stand out of extruded aluminum for roughly the same price. It does require some DIY skills and tools but well with the effort IMO.

Good luck with your search!

Reefer Rob
05-26-2014, 06:13 PM
It's not as complicated as it looks. While it's nice to have a table saw, you could easily build the 2x4 frame using a miter saw. Sides and front including the doors can be made out of plywood, slap on a couple of coats of flat black paint and you're done. The finished product will be way stronger than a store bought stand.

BTW for a stand that's 30" front to back it's nice to make the sides removable so sump maintenance is a bit easier.