Plans for tank stand

Discussion in 'Hardware & DIY' started by YzemaN, 3 Feb 2009.

  1. YzemaN

    YzemaN Member

    Joined:
    6 Nov 2007
    Messages:
    183
    Location:
    Copenhagen
    Hi
    I've decided to build a new tank stand for my 18"x12" tank, as the cheapo one I bought in Argos is starting to sag.
    I made this quick'n'dirty drawing using Google SketchUp:
    18x12Stand.jpg
    I left enough room to fit a door at a later point. Maybe made of frosted glass with "UKaps Baby" stencilled on it :D

    I don't really know anything about wood and timber sizes, but I imagined that I'd use wodden boards at 1.5cm thickness.
    Do you think it would be strong enough?
    What sort of wood should I get and where would I get this cut?
     
  2. samc

    samc Member

    Joined:
    28 Oct 2008
    Messages:
    1,381
  3. YzemaN

    YzemaN Member

    Joined:
    6 Nov 2007
    Messages:
    183
    Location:
    Copenhagen
    Cheers Sam. I've seen that one before. It's one of the articles that got me thinking of building one myself. I quite like the smooth front so I might make a few adjustment to my plan.
     
  4. samc

    samc Member

    Joined:
    28 Oct 2008
    Messages:
    1,381
    he uses formica do you know who stocks it?
     
  5. Ray

    Ray Member

    Joined:
    31 Oct 2007
    Messages:
    474
    Location:
    Switzerland
    I used this thread to make mine with MDF and paint.

    http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/t...ank-dyi-amano-picture-warning.html#post163539

    I must say though, although assembly with glue and screws was straight forward it took a lot of time to paint and finish - take the price of buying one from Aqua Essentials, deduct the raw materials and divide by the hours I put in and my hourly rate was very poor - probably didn't make sense to DIY one at all....
     
  6. YzemaN

    YzemaN Member

    Joined:
    6 Nov 2007
    Messages:
    183
    Location:
    Copenhagen
    That's a nice tank :wideyed: I have most of the the plants he used so I've now got my head full of ideas... If only I had the talent :lol:
    The two main reasons for me to build my own cabinet is:
    1. Money
    2. The joy of a finishing good DIY project. Well, I still have to finish my first project, but from what I read, it must be a bit like the Runner's High (though I can't say I get much of that either)
    The last, smaller, reason is the non-standard size of the tank (18"x12"), but I actually started out with plans for a 24"x12", as I've been playing around with the idea of getting another, slightly larger tank. I guess I can use this project to get a bit of confidence. Time is not really an issue, as I spend most of my spare time poking into the tanks anyway :rolleyes:
     

Share This Page

Facebook Page
Twitter Page
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice