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Thread: DIY 40B Stand

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    I want to build a stand for my new 40B
    here is my plan...

    Stand H = 29 inch
    Stand L = 36 3/8
    Stand W = 18 3/8

    Here a List of my Cut.
    i will be using 2 by 3

    10x 24 Inch = the Legs
    6x 15 3/8 inch = Side/middle Frame
    4x 36 3/8 inch = Front/Back Frame

    a total of 6x 2 by 3 by 8 = total cost $10-$13

    My fast and easy stand ... you can add plywood to the stand to make it look nice, throw some door.
    but for now im just going to build the stand, set the tank up and run it.

    any advice/input will be nice...

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    Anyone use or own a Kreg Jig?
    what kinda screws do you use?
    kreg jig screws r a bit over the price for me. will dry wall screws be fit?

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    Drywall screws are not strong enough.As they tighten up the heads will snap off.Use wood screws and glue for a strong build.
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    When I made my 40g breeder stand I kept it fairly basic. I found an awesome thread on this other forum http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...readid=1169964 . The stands all pretty much use the same basic template but different sizes for diff tanks. Was a great source of info what to do and not do, hundreds of posts and pics people have posted of their stands. Great source of ideas too.

    I think my total cost was under $20. The wood I used was 1x4's, 2x2's, and 1x6's, got it all for free from my friend who had it behind his shop. It's fairly light, I didn't want a heavy beast of a stand that couldn't be moved around.

    Actual costs went towards buying good screws, a $2 can of varnish/poly on clearance to keep to seal it, and some wood glue. Just used a handsaw, and a metal T square. I would say the most important thing you can have for the whole build is a square, will save you a lot of aggravation so you won't end up with a crooked stand. A few clamps would be good to have as well.

    Here is a pic of the one I made. I've made a few other ones that are similar but added a shelf to the rest to hold multiple tanks.

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    I got all my 2x3 cut out. Sadly the dude that cut my lumber didn't do a job at it.
    Out of 10 legs he only got 2 cut at 24inch.
    The other 8 are off by 1-2 cm now I'm upset.
    A waste of 2 lumber.

    Now I have to fix it by cutting off 2 cm so they all match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gone_Fishing
    Anyone use or own a Kreg Jig?
    what kinda screws do you use?
    kreg jig screws r a bit over the price for me. will dry wall screws be fit?
    Pocket hole screws. Made for the task.
    If you want extra peace of mind, glue the joints before tightening the screws. Clear Gorilla Glue is water proof.

    For stands made of 2x material I use 3" deck screws as I've not found 3" pocket hole screws.
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    Last edited by dbosman; 01-16-2012 at 01:04 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gone_Fishing
    I got all my 2x3 cut out. Sadly the dude that cut my lumber didn't do a job at it.
    Out of 10 legs he only got 2 cut at 24inch.
    The other 8 are off by 1-2 cm now I'm upset.
    A waste of 2 lumber.

    Now I have to fix it by cutting off 2 cm so they all match.
    Most places like home depot or lowes will just rough cut stuff. They won't guarantee exact cuts, it's like +/- 1/2" or something. I had the same issue, was able to borrow a saw and get them the same. Can be a bit of work, when you don't have all the proper tools.

    Hmm I did use a countersink bit to hide the screws, had planned to fill in the holes but never got around to it. I like being able to take apart the stands. The legs come off the base and top, making it nice if I have to move.

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    So far got the 2 frame done, still need to cut down the legs to 23 1/2 inch so all legs match. I knew I should of bought a miter saw for x-mas now the price went up.

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    I had my ex build this two-tier not long ago. He uses a nail gun and not about to spend much time on anything. It works just fine. Bottom shelf just holds my hospital tank but lights are off so picture is a bit dark. I would insist on screws on a stand to hold a huge tank but don't worry at all on these small stands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    I had my ex build this two-tier not long ago. He uses a nail gun and not about to spend much time on anything. It works just fine. Bottom shelf just holds my hospital tank but lights are off so picture is a bit dark. I would insist on screws on a stand to hold a huge tank but don't worry at all on these small stands.
    *tsk* *tsk* *tsk* hobbs hobbs hobbs, I see the tank and I see that stand, but where is the drip loop for all those cords?

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