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    Quote Originally Posted by OnTheFly View Post
    Boundava. Yes that looks perfectly fine. The sheeting on the side adds an incredible amount of strength. That could be glued and screwed. Don't underestimate the power of glue. I am a woodworking hobbyist. I build clocks, hall tables etc. You would be amazed how strong glue is. I have tested joints by using woodworking glue (Titebond II for example), add a few brads nails to hold it while it dries. You can beat it on the concrete driveway and it will bust somewhere other than the joint everytime. Construction 2X is VERY strong on a vertical load. You could hold one end of your car off the ground with a 2x4. Using 2x6s just makes it easier and the construction doesn't have to be so perfect. They only cost a couple bucks more than a 2x4 for an 8 footer.

    Open shelves without sheeting is much more challenging. Things need to be square and strong fasteners to prevent racking. You could build what you pictured using 1X boards with perfect cuts and tight joints. 2X gives you some margin of error for less than perfect construction.
    I was going to stick with 2x4 and 2x6 for the builds, especially since two of the stands will hold a 125 and the other one will hold two 75 gallon tanks.

    Now I measure my boards (minus the addition of the board's thickness itself- 1.5") to match the dimensions of the tanks, correct? Sorry if it a stupid question but I like to cover all of the obvious bases.

    If it winds up looking too "cage-like" I may just go with sheeting on the back and sides instead.
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    The outer edge of a tank stand top should match the dimensions of the bottom trim, correct.
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    Thanks guys! Have to see if harbor freight has any deals on band saws. Laura also said she would help me (miss her posts, i am sure she lurks though)...I may take her up on that for my first build-but who knows she is so busy I hate bothering her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    The outer edge of a tank stand top should match the dimensions of the bottom trim, correct.
    This^ is especially critical for the heaviest tanks. From what I have seen on the web some go just a bit larger and add a trim board. You definitely don't want them way larger as the tank is now riding on the shelving and less on the structure. Shelving is actually strong, but you are talking about extreme duty here for the larger tanks. We aren't building some light weight knick Knack shelves. :)

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    As you know I just went through this. I never built a stand before. the bottom line is, YOU have be okay with it, you don't want in the back off your mind, did I make it strong enough? Mac said it best, It is better to over build then under build, just like filtering.

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    Thanks guys! Have to see if harbor freight has any deals on band saws. Laura also said she would help me (miss her posts, i am sure she lurks though)...I may take her up on that for my first build-but who knows she is so busy I hate bothering her.
    home depot and menards will cut to size for you.

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    I hope they are accurate...but that is good news-thanks!
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    A cheap 12" miter saw is what you want. Also called a "chop saw" by some. A very handy tool for a home owner. Hobby projects, cutting trim etc. Pick up a cheap 6" carpenter/roofing square and you can adjust it to cut a nice 90 degree angle. I don't use many electric tools from HF. If you go that route keep the receipt and use the heck out of it the first few days so you can return it if necessary. Generally speaking if an electric tools lasts a few days, it will likely live a few years. I have literally had electric tools from HF last about 10 minutes.

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    Really...then I will stick to Home Depot or Menards for the tools if I need them. Dad is a tool & die machinist and engineer, has a lot of woodworking tools (saws, drills, sanders...etc.) as well as levels and squares. He is just moving to sunny Florida so I dunno what-if anything, he will leave behind. He may leave it all and come back for it in 6 months-or he may pack it all with him...he doesn't even know, lol.

    By the way-anyone need a drafting table...he has 2. Lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boundava View Post
    Was thinking something like this-would that be enough sheer support on the side?

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    I like this one the best, so I think its what I will go with. Some 1" sheeting on the sides should work with a good internal frame like this (with a couple more vertical supports like in the photo;

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    Thanks for the piece of mind guys, I will start with the 10 gallon tank stand first.
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