Fish Tank Stand

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Project by Brian posted 05-15-2012 02:49 AM 5662 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fish tank stand I made for some friends.
I used ash with walnut pulls to go with the oiled bronze hinges. I made latches to keep out little hands and dropped the center of the top to accommodate the tank.
All of the panels are single boards, I used a single board resawn for the doors, each side and the outer two on the back.
The finish is boiled linseed oil with wipe on polyurethane over it. I tried to push for a stain to blend the heart and sap woods, but I’m pretty happy with their choice.
I beefed up the top with a substructure to handle the 400+ lbs of water!

-- Brian, Jericho Vermont

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#1 posted 05-15-2012 06:11 AM

Beautiful stand. Having built a tank stand I’m curious how you beefed up the structure? On mine, I ran 2×4s inside the corners all the way down behind the feet, they were invisible unless you stuck your head inside the cabinet or flipped it upside down.


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#2 posted 05-15-2012 12:15 PM

Looks great! Nice clean lines and just the right amount of contrast for my tastes. I also like the idea to use the latch/pull to keep the doors shut. Very nice project

-- Regards, Norm

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#3 posted 05-15-2012 12:16 PM

Nice. It stands alone as a wonderful piece of furniture. Even the back is beautiful.
I can just imagine the bracing that is needed.

I like it,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 05-15-2012 12:32 PM

Beautiful, beautiful – beautiful work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 05-15-2012 03:33 PM

Art and function. I must take the idea of your door latch and make it appear in my life.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#6 posted 05-15-2012 07:30 PM

Amazing piece..

I’d love to see a picture of the tank set up.. are you going to build a hood as well?

This looks to be for a 55 or 75 gallon tank?

Most fish tanks that size use a canister filters that resides under the stand.. That would require the back of the stand to be open..

Does one of the back panels come out?

or would you be opposed to drilling some holes to feed the cords and hoses through?

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#7 posted 05-15-2012 09:23 PM

Nice work

wheres the matching lid : ))

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 05-16-2012 02:40 AM

Great piece, and very nicely done.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 05-17-2012 05:00 AM

Very nice work!

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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