show me your DIY plywood stands

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  1. Devaji

    Devaji Valuable Member

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    Hey guys!
    soooo i am thinking about setting up yet another tank a 40br thinking about a DIY plywood stand i have a kreg jig and glue.

    just need a template and/or ideas

    so post pic of your build or link to a thread.
     
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  2. Crabs McJones

    Crabs McJones Millepora Maniac Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Partner Member 2019 R2R Secret Santa Reef Tank 365 Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Glitter Fairy Hospitality Award

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    I didn't do plywood, but I followed this build, and three years later it's still holding strong

    All the dimensions are in the description.
    I then got laminate wood to skirt it with :)
     
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    redfishbluefish Stay Positive, Stay Productive Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor NJRC Member

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    I don't think this is what you're looking for when you asked for a plywood stand.....but it does have plywood in it! :D

    It's paneled construction made with 1 x 6 and 1 x 3 perprimed boards with 5 mm poplar plywood panels. This is for a 35 gallon cube. The door is held in place at four locations with neo-magnets countersunk and held in with epoxy. It's still a work in progress...

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    Here it is with the door in place, but before the top was put on. Still needs to have holes filled, sanded and painted.

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    Water Dog Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    I will be building a stand soon for my Deep Blue 57 rimless which has the exact same footprint as a 40 breeder. I will be going full 3/4” birch plywood construction with glue and Kreg pocket hole screws as well. When I get it going, I’ll provide a link to my build thread here.
     
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  5. Devaji

    Devaji Valuable Member

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    nice I do love the deep blue 57 rimless tanks. yes plz get it going so I can learn more form you waterdog :D
    I know 3/4" quality wood w/ kreg pocket screws and glue will be just fine....if done right. prob. 10X stronger than the once at pets tores anyway.

    i'll be waiting for your build!
     
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    Mystical_Knight Active Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Devaji Valuable Member

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    ^ nice build do you have door? I think that is where I am having trouble.
     
  8. Even Further

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    Mines all plywood.

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    This is the stand I am finishing up for my new 120 build. Structurally, it is all 3/4 inch plywood which I then covered with cherry and walnut I had lying around.
     
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    Zack K The LPS Guy R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor

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    That isn’t going anywhere! For aesthetics though, I would have slanted that side cross bar to a 45 to fit in between the legs so it wasn’t sticking out. Also used 4x4’s just because. Definitely looks to be sturdy!

    -Zack
     
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    redfishbluefish Stay Positive, Stay Productive Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor NJRC Member

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    It's my opinion that 4 x 4's should never be used to build a stand. The poor quality available at the big box stores are typically center cut 4 bys and have a propensity to twist and warp in all different directions. If you want that 4 x 4 look, you'd be better off gluing and screwing two 2 x 4's together.....much more stable.

    As far as dimensional stands, this is the tried and true plan that's been around for years. Up to 4 foot tanks, all lumber is 2 x 4. Over four foot tank, the top frame needs to be 2 x 6's. No center brace needed.
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    And this is the actual dimensional stand for my five foot tank....prior to skinning it out.

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    This is mine that I'm still working on. Hope to finish it this weekend. It's for my 75 gal. 1x6 frame and 3/4" oak plywood. All pocket hole and glue construction.
     
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    Devaji Valuable Member

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    dang those are nice guys!
    even futher can I see inside? got pics of the build in progress?
    Dlech59 wow thats some nice work wish I have some cherry and wallnut laying around. looks sharp!
     
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    Devaji Valuable Member

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    @Scratch08 do you think the 1x6 frame is needed? nice work BTW its gonna be a great looking stand!
    i guess the 1x6 make it easier to build it might add some structural support to??
     
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    Devaji Valuable Member

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    @redfishbluefish yeah I have build 3 of those stands over the years. a big shout out to rocket for coming up with that template. that's what i am looking for but in the 3/4 plywood design. :D
     
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    Scratch08 Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I don't think it's needed, but since its a 75 gallon tank, I opted for the extra peace of mind that the frame gives me. I know, it's only 1×6, but with the glue and screws it's not going to go anywhere.

    Thanks for compliment. This whole build has been in the works for 2 years now, job change that brought a lot of excess travel the first year and a half slowed it down. Finally making some progress on it feels good.
     
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    Scratch08 Member Build Thread Contributor

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    You could actually use that template to build a plywood stand. Would not be much different than what I did. Just use 1x4's instead of the 2x4's. I built mine somewhat backwards. I built the box, well 3/4 of it anyway. Then I built the 1x6 upper and lower frames and corner uprights, then I installed the back. But all in all its the same as the above template.
     
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    Mine was for a smaller tank but would work fine for 40B. I used biscuits instead of pocket screws but biscuit jointers ain't cheap. Same idea would work fine with pocket screws. Drawers were just handy since it was a HOB filter setup.

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    100% made from 3/4" plywood. Including the trim pieces.

    These photos were when the final paint still needed to be applied. This stand is for a 40b.

    Stand is upside down in bottom 2 photos.

    Exact same design used for a 120 stand

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