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DIY aquarium stands..


Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 21:14:06 -0800 (PST)
From: JOE CHEUNG <joehcheung at rocketmail_com>
Subject: DIY aquarium stands...

>Anyone out there knows good references on DIY aquarium stands?
>Books, websites, newsgroups, mailing lists, whatever. I've come
>to some websites and no books on it. They're not very efficient
>when it comes to woods. Thanks in advance!

I don't mean to be a wet blanket, but unless you are a master cabinet 
builder with all the necessary knowledge of finish joinery and 
appropriate types of water resistant fasteners and the  specialized 
tools, table/radial arm saw, router, jigs, clamps, surface planner, etc. 
I suggest you purchase one off the shelf.  Ask any excellent carpenter, 
the hardest project to make is a "square" box and that is essentially 
what you'll be making.  Making the stand furniture quality will be the 
second hardest.  While cinder blocks and planks may be acceptable for the 
fishroom, a display tank in a living area requires substanitally more.  
The amount of money for lumber, finishing products, plus your time 
(depending on how you value your time), in my opinion, it is not cost 
effective or safe to build one.  More importantly, at best the finished 
product will be a wobbly unattractive affair, at worst it will 
inadequately support the aquarium resulting in shattered glass and water 
everywhere, not to mention dead fish. Simple butt joints, common nails 
and screws won't do the job, and unless you work in the trade every day, 
tight dovetails and good rabbet joints will be a near impossibility.   

Frank Hillman