Does anyone have any good link/tips s on where I could find a decent stand plan for 20 gallon long?
I just did a 29 (same as a 20 long) over a 25 for a neighbor. A different design; my rack can be built as individual sections also and it's a bit slimmer looking.
I could clean up my drawings so you could follow them but it would take at minimum:10" or larger table saw, 10" miter saw, drill, chisel and hammer. All my designs feature 2x4 ripped twice to get a square edged 1.5x3.
Are you comfortable/equipped/interested to do that type of design fab?
Here's the easy one I did for my neighbor last weekend:
And here's my big display rack, you could build any one of the vertical sections individually:
Pros of the neighbors rack, simple cuts
Cons, different size upper and lower tanks, bulky/over built.
Pros of mine, slimmer design, same tank footprints upper and lower, has hood/top to conceal lights.
Cons: dado construction isn't the easiest, total height is pretty large, still a bit overbuilt
Cons to my designs in general: 1:2 ratio lumber is easy to design with and square cuts give good appearance, however not all people can/will rip 2x4 linear to get the edges and design thickness. Additionally it's waste of time if you are going to wrap it anyhow.
If you want to wrap a more traditional looking stand there are far better builders here than me but if you want them I would share my drawings.
You create really nice work and I would absolutely love it if you could share your drawings. I've given myself a headache trying to find the best plan I could be capable of executing, essentially making this whole ordeal a lot harder than it really is. You're amazing, thank you.
The king of DYI has several videos on how to build a stand and his are all scalable to the size of the tank and easy to make.
Ripping is when you make a cut on a piece of lumber the long way. In this case, 2x4 typically measure ~1.5" x 3.5". I set the saw to cut to 3.25" off the 3.5, then roll the board over, set the saw for 3" and push it through again leaving square edges. To get my builds to look clean, the final board needs to be 1.5x3" +/- 1/16 inch. Preferably perfect.
I'll clean up my display rack design if you want to make a learning thing of it. And I'll help you find a tutorial on cutting a "poor man's dado" without the expensive special blade stack. Give me a day, then remind me if I forgot.
You can't get your hands between those tanks to work on them lol. His videos are good though. I've been bummed by his last year or two worth of videos, less cool diy for the average fish keepers and allot more about the $$$. Again though, his designs look better in a garage or lumber yard than a living room unless you wrap them. He did do some good videos about wrapping them.King of diy has one for 30g tanks and smaller. He doesn't show the dimensions but it's just the height/width of the stand add a little on the sides and add a lot more on top if you are making a rack, if it's just a stand you don't have to worry about height on top, just the bottom.
Well you could always just add more room between the layers, and yeah I like his older videos better.You can't get your hands between those tanks to work on them lol. His videos are good though. I've been bummed by his last year or two worth of videos, less cool diy for the average fish keepers and allot more about the $$$. Again though, his designs look better in a garage or lumber yard than a living room unless you wrap them. He did do some good videos about wrapping them.