View Full Version : Any DIY stands? need some help

08/26/2008, 02:05 PM
Need some help w/ contructing a stand for a 60 gallon.

Thinking about 2x4' and plywood.

08/26/2008, 02:58 PM
Dont know how much help I can be kinda just did everything in my head except the materials needed. This is what i did.

The only tools i had at my disposal were:
Chop Saw
Drill (and bits)
Hand saw

2x4 for Framing
1/2(maybe 3/4")x4" Oak boards (trim around stand)
1/2" x 2" oak boards (door frames)
1/4" oak panal board (4ftx8ft)(for sides and doors)
1" plywood for top
Long screws
Finish nails

I dont have any thing really written on up how i did it... built it taller than normal to bring the tank more to eye level and keep the kids hands off the glass. I put it together in my head and went to homedepot and had it built same day.. staining and finishing took another 2 days 4 coats of stain and 3 coats of glossy polyurethane.

I pretty much built the top part where the tank rests on 2 doffert frames one where the 2x4's lay flat and on from on the inside on their sides you can kinda see it in the picture below.

The doors are very very simple hingless doors.... I did this on purpose and really the legs and support frame where built specifiacally so that when i trimed out the 2x4's with the 1/2"x4" oak boards there would be an inch exposed on each side of the opening for the door. just made the doors frame and nailed/glued the 1/4" oak ply to the back of it. Attached velcro in 4 places. I found out 4 places is to much of this stuff as you have to gerk on the handle as hard as you can to get it open... i used 3 corners. Kids cant get in it and even sometimes its a little tricky for the adults to. I used the heavy duty "PLASTIC" type velco not the cheap fabricy stuff. anyways on to the pics.. nothin great but with the tool provide, only spendign a day to do everything, and deciding to do it on the ttest day of the year, or and nothing really planned on paper which i reccomended highly lol.

First time trying to post pics lets see what happens. lol.







08/26/2008, 03:06 PM
I did this for a 20g, but it can easily be scaled up for a 60g. As it is right now the stand could easily hold the weight of a 60g and still be able to take more weight.


08/26/2008, 04:18 PM
for 60g save yourself the room and use 3/4" plywood. Im in the process of doing this for a 58g. Im a little farther now than these pictures show. I have a top and bottom on and about half of the trim/molding. I will try to get more pics tonight. Here is phase 1. Best $34.99 I ever spent: kreg pocket hole jig!





08/26/2008, 04:32 PM
Check this thread:


Easy to build, easy to setup, easy to get the materials
You will find anything you need...

08/28/2008, 10:31 AM
Looks good runningstix. If I had a table saw, some clamps, and that pocket hole jig, I would've went that route instead.

08/28/2008, 11:29 AM
For a 60 gall, how heavy would that be?

08/28/2008, 11:32 AM
I've heard a good rule of thumb is 10lbs per gallon. Probably morelike 12lbs per gal for reef tanks because of all the rock and stuff. So figure like 700lbs or so.

08/28/2008, 11:51 AM
Thanks. I"m thinking about using 2x4 just incase.

I read somewhere about hiding nail heads. Did you guys fill it up, or skinned the wood a bit and hammered the nail in?

I dont' have much advanced tools, but I'm having a friend cut the pieces at the shop.

It will be a cube tank with a bottom and middle shelf. I want a door too, but I gotta think. lol

08/28/2008, 08:33 PM
Here is a link to my build thread there are a lot of pics and lots of descriptions.