Aquarium Stand/Cabinet

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Project by 76winger posted 11-14-2009 08:01 AM 14763 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This will be a good place to start listing my projects. This was the first attempt I made at creating any kind of a cabinet or peice of furniture. It’s the second wood project I created in my workshop/garage following building and equipping it with some basic tools I had spread all around the house, basment, storage warehouse, etc.

This aquarium cabinet was built during the winter of 2005 & 2006 and completed around May, 06. Because It was going to hold some weight, I built it heavy, and because I built it to accomodate some expansion It’s BIG!. It’s 54 inches wide and 7 feet tall. Made orginally to hold a 55 gallong tank and big enough to hold up to a 90, I ended up with a 75 gallon, which is what it still supports. The hutch provides storage for fish/plant/aquarium books above the tank, and the cabinet below contains filter, pumps, food, cleaning supplies and such.

It’s mostly 2×4 framework with 4×4 cedard base posts. Oak venier plywood & oak trim. The shell ornament on the center of the top front was hand-carved by me. A shell-shaped handle opens the upper access door and two seahorse shaped handles compliment the lower cabinet doors. It was finished with Minwax golden oak stain and Minwax’s Helmsman polyurthane gloss finish.

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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#1 posted 11-14-2009 08:33 AM

Very nice, I like the shell-shaped handle, nice hand carving technique.

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#2 posted 11-14-2009 11:11 AM

That’s a solid piece of craftsmanship. Well done.

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#3 posted 11-14-2009 12:39 PM

Nicely done project. Welcome to LJ. You are hitching up with a great bunch of people. I hope you enjoy it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 11-14-2009 03:36 PM

Hey Winger,
Cool design and nice finish…well done.

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#5 posted 11-14-2009 04:27 PM

Great looking cabinet and sturdy I’m sure.
thanks for posting!!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#6 posted 11-14-2009 06:17 PM

Nice framing work.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 11-14-2009 06:24 PM

Nice cabinet.

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#8 posted 11-14-2009 06:27 PM

Unique fish tank stand well done Welcome

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 11-14-2009 08:11 PM

That stand is definitely strong enough to support the fish tank, now will your floor support the whole thing? (-;
Nice work.

Have you had any problems with moisture being trapped by the closure above the tank?

-- Les B, Oregon

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#10 posted 11-14-2009 09:16 PM

Very nice looking.
I too am hoping the best for you but am concerned with the moistue issue as well. The piano hinge as well as the underside of the top cabinet seem very vunerable.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 11-14-2009 09:28 PM

Thanks everyone for all your supportive comments and questions.

LesB and ohwoodeye, No I haven’t had any problems with moisture attacking the area above the tank. But there’s some contributing reasons for that:

1. The rear side is still open so some air movement can occur.
2. I use a glass top on the aquarium to hold CO2 in for the plants and thus it keeps moisture to a minimum as well.
3. There’s 200 watts of flourescant lighting to give the plants what they need. Which generates enough heat to keep everything dry, but not so much as to overheat anything either.

I watched the last item pretty close for the first few months and was prepaired to add some fans to ventalate the area if needed, but it’s gotten by in the current configuration without having to do so.

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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#12 posted 11-21-2009 06:28 AM

Oh yeah, I did re-enforce the floor under the aquarium. Being in an older house with aging lumber for the floor joists, I didn’t want to take any chances.

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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#13 posted 12-29-2009 05:46 AM

Great job : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 11-11-2010 05:21 PM

Great job all the way around! Solis and alo of good storage. You should be proud!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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