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  1. Default Is this dresser structurally sound for a 37 gallon tall?

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    It's an older dresser with what seems to be a good structure system.

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    Another view

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    One more. Just looking for suggestions

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    I don't see problems with the vertical weight bearing structures. I used to have a 33 gallon on a much flimsier dresser. However the horizontal beams at the top of the dresser worry me. Tall tanks have less base for weight and you should look into some weight distributing structures.

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    Would you put 350lbs on it? Because that's easily what your asking it to hold when you get the water and substrate in there?

    Take three 125lb friends or two 175lb friends and get them to stand up there inside the footprint of your tank...

    It can be difficult to judge from photos but personally that middle brace looks a bit thin to me but it's not my mess to clean up... Just saying.

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    I have built a good bit of furniture. In my opinion that structure is not sound enough to hold 400 pounds of weight long term. Although the front appears significant the construction method and joinery technique is rather weak. The back is press wood by all appearances. It really makes me wonder what the top is constructed of. I really think I would opt for something better. A couple of 1x2's like this has in the front are not safe long term. Sorry.

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    I'm not a fan of using bedroom furniture for aquarium stands. For the price of 6 2x4x8, a sheet of 3/4" plywood and some screws I wouldn't bother trying to shortcut it. Dressers simply aren't meant to bear that kind of weight.
    When in d0ubt read it until it makes sense, then read it again!

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    Perfect. Thanks for all the replies. Ill start hunting for some plans on building my own.

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    i would do what goes to 11 said. and maybe install a brace where the middle of the dresser is. and can we have a picture of the top from under it? unless you know its a thick piece of wood. particle board seems to bend over time.
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    The dresser fundamentally was not built using joining methods that were intended for weight bearing. The type of wood is almost unimportant, they are under engineered for ,any length of time, to bear weight.
    When in d0ubt read it until it makes sense, then read it again!

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