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Old 02/06/2017, 09:28 AM   #1
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60 gallon cube stand (help)

Hey ,

How's it going looking on building my first stand for my 24x24x24 cube tank.
Wanna know who has build one already any specifications for materials.maybe somebody has a cutlist to help out... thanks


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Old 02/06/2017, 10:26 AM   #2
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Plywood is a great material, I'd skip the 2x4's for your build.
Are you familiar with pocket-hole joinery? Kreg brand has a nice jig but you may find a cheaper jig at Home Depot.
Nice oak, maple, birch plywood is readily available at HD, Lowe's and others. For the edges you can buy also veneer, it's an iron-on strip of wood, you want it to be the same type of plywood you choose.
You will need a table saw with a nice sharp blade, the more teeth the cleaner the cut; there are very affordable blades that will do for your project. I believe Avanti brand has a good deal on a twin pack 10". A handheld saw will also do the trick but you will need a guide for the straight cuts and make sure your blade/base are at 90*/square angle.
We are stalled on a 36x36 project since the yet to be built stand would not fit trough a doorway...


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Old 02/06/2017, 10:44 AM   #3
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Plywood is a great material, I'd skip the 2x4's for your build.
Are you familiar with pocket-hole joinery? Kreg brand has a nice jig but you may find a cheaper jig at Home Depot.
Nice oak, maple, birch plywood is readily available at HD, Lowe's and others. For the edges you can buy also veneer, it's an iron-on strip of wood, you want it to be the same type of plywood you choose.
You will need a table saw with a nice sharp blade, the more teeth the cleaner the cut; there are very affordable blades that will do for your project. I believe Avanti brand has a good deal on a twin pack 10". A handheld saw will also do the trick but you will need a guide for the straight cuts and make sure your blade/base are at 90*/square angle.
We are stalled on a 36x36 project since the yet to be built stand would not fit trough a doorway...
The one change I'd recommend above is to not use iron on veneer. If you want to make a nice stand, make it out of stuff that will last. Chances are those strips will chip or peel. Buy a board of the same wood as your plywood, for instance oak. Then rip small strips of it to glue/nail over the edge of the plywood.


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Old 02/06/2017, 11:27 AM   #4
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Stand

Thanks for the info .. just looking best way to start with the frame ..


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Old 02/06/2017, 11:51 AM   #5
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I think the cube stands that come with the tanks are too small for me. I am building mine at 36" off the ground. To build a good solid stand check out Joey at KingofDIY on Youtube. He suggests the stand should be 4X the weight of the aquarium and water combined. He hs some very good information on simple but effective stands.


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Old 02/06/2017, 02:48 PM   #6
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The one change I'd recommend above is to not use iron on veneer. If you want to make a nice stand, make it out of stuff that will last. Chances are those strips will chip or peel. Buy a board of the same wood as your plywood, for instance oak. Then rip small strips of it to glue/nail over the edge of the plywood.
I've never had an issue with iron-on veneer, on the other hand with contact cement yes, I've seen it come off.


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Old 02/06/2017, 03:56 PM   #7
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If it is a single tank system, I would suggest creating a small 3x20 chamber above a cabinet to store needed items. It comes in handy!


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Old 02/06/2017, 04:35 PM   #8
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I built a stand for my 60 cube out of 2x4 I had laying around. I wrapped it in Luan aka underlayment plywood. It's very thin, cheap, sanded. I used kreg for Pocket screws because I had them. The design doesn't require pocket screws. I used pine 1x for trim. Then I stained the whole thing. I made a matching floating canopy for the halide as well. Worked great.

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Old 02/06/2017, 10:14 PM   #9
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24x24 cube. All plywood, three doors.




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Old 02/06/2017, 10:20 PM   #10
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Different finish. This one was for a friend, has a removable top shelf for equipment as coralmoral suggests.

Openings on the back were for hoses, cables. Also three side opening.






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Old 02/06/2017, 10:26 PM   #11
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My brother built those stands, just sharing some of what he made before he took down his tanks.


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Old 02/13/2017, 02:49 PM   #12
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I have built 2 stands like this. My other one was a 120 Black walnut stand.
here is the layout for my latest tank 50Gallon cube. I wanted a space for all of my electronics so i incorporated a portion of the stand for that.



I'll post a few of the construction process and then the finished product.
Inner Shell:

Outer Shell attached:










Inside: Sorry for the crummy pic.




Left side access:


I have more photos of the construction process if you have questions.


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Old 02/13/2017, 02:53 PM   #13
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Strong work man, I like it. Keep it up!!


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Old 02/13/2017, 03:09 PM   #14
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To build a good solid stand check out Joey at KingofDIY on Youtube. He suggests the stand should be 4X the weight of the aquarium and water combined.
This cant be right??


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Old 02/13/2017, 03:28 PM   #15
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My 60 cube stand, tank is 24x24, stand is 36x36. Gives me a little elbow room under the tank, and a place to put my beverage while I'm ogling Mosaic tiling was done by my daughter.

No 2x4's, made from 4x 3x3x36" poplar corners, rabited to accept 3/4" cabinet grade poplar ply. Glued together, no screws. Top is supported across the mid point with a laminated beam made of 3x 3" wide 3/4" ply strips, set on uprights that go all the way to the floor. It could double as a bench for an elephant.

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Initial construction


Shot just after filling the tank


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Old 02/15/2017, 08:16 PM   #16
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Hey...

I just ordered a 60 gallon rimless cube and I am in the same boat as you. So thanks for creating this thread. With that said, I am planning to use 1010 T-slot aluminum from 80/20 and then skin it. My thought process for using this? The pieces can be purchased cut to length, assembly is simple, the stand will be light weight, it will be super strong and square, the T-slots allow for many mounting options, and lastly it can be easily disassembled and moved.


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Old 02/15/2017, 08:34 PM   #17
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Nice stands folks


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Old 02/15/2017, 10:08 PM   #18
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Pretty darn cool.


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I have built 2 stands like this. My other one was a 120 Black walnut stand.
here is the layout for my latest tank 50Gallon cube. I wanted a space for all of my electronics so i incorporated a portion of the stand for that.



I'll post a few of the construction process and then the finished product.
Inner Shell:

Outer Shell attached:










Inside: Sorry for the crummy pic.




Left side access:


I have more photos of the construction process if you have questions.



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Old 02/16/2017, 06:17 PM   #19
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I just finished drawing up some plans for an aluminum stand so I thought I would share them.


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Old 02/20/2017, 05:45 AM   #20
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Old 02/20/2017, 06:03 AM   #22
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I just built a 24x24x42 stand this weekend for my new set-up, my o previous stand was 36" but I hated having to squat down to stare at it. At 42" high it will be a lot closer to eye level, I'm in no way a professional carpenter but its not an impossible task either. YouTube has tons of tutorial videos that will help








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Old 02/20/2017, 07:23 PM   #23
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The stand looks good. It turned out very nicely. And if you ever need a pedestal to display a Sherman tank on... :P


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Old 02/22/2017, 05:53 AM   #24
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I wish I would have build my own... I went with a mainland venture red oak.

The stand is nice but it is tight...


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Old 02/22/2017, 09:04 AM   #25
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The stand looks good. It turned out very nicely. And if you ever need a pedestal to display a Sherman tank on... :P
My wife said I should build some stools and turn it into a mini bar lol the pallet style look was her idea by the way

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