90 Gallon Fish Tank Stand #1: First project entry, tank stand to date

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Blog entry by opium89 posted 03-15-2010 05:25 AM 4228 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well here’s what I am working at at the moment, it’s a stand for a 90 gallon salt water tank. I’ve actually been “working” on this for over a year now. I was involved in a few other higher priority projects since I started this one and the weather here in Central Texas consistently gets in the way of progress.

The stand itself is 3/4” birch ply with Aspen used as the trim and alder face frame. Basic pocket screw joinery with some routing of the trim pieces to help match my living room furniture. You’ll notice the white alkyd inside the cabinet, this is to help see what’s going on down below as the insided will house a sump, protein skimmer, return pump, and various electrical components such as timers.

Carcass interior, coated in S/W Ultra-White alkyd.

Face frame attached.

Final assembly.

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#1 posted 03-15-2010 03:38 PM

Nice! I did one for the same size tank a few years back. I wish I would have thought to put the white inside the stand BEFORE I finished the entire thing. I didn’t fit through the doors very well.

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#2 posted 03-15-2010 07:18 PM

I’ve built a few of these now and I tried to think of everything beforehand this time around. I took the best designs from other stands I admire (Oceanic and DSA make some nice ones), accounted for the size of the sump that’s going inside, you can’t see it here but there’s a cutout on the top for the plumbing, and the only thing left now is the doors and about nine coats of black sem-gloss laquer. I also took som extra time to seal all the inside joints with silicone in an effort to keep an residual water off my carpet =)

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