what kind of wood is best to make a fish tank stand out of?
Your question is about making a stand, so I would think any cured, dimensional lumber that is done warping should suffice. I think design and technique for joining the corners would be the most important consideration.
Apparently I missed the stand part. I've seen 2x4's used. Don't think you need anything special. I really like how Navy Scuba did his stand https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/navyscuba/55989-cichlid-breeding-station-growout.html
:-[What an idiot I am, I thought you said what to put in the tank not make the tank out of.... my husband made me a beautiful stand today for my 40 gallon tank. He made it out of pine. I need to stain it, but it is awesome.:;smileyfrog
i make mine out of birch plywood strong and flat
I would use whatever you can get for the framework and then cover with a nicer material for looks. The birch plywood as mentioned looks great and can be left natural with a clear poly or a nice stain on it.
Do looks matter ? Personally I would do solid oak!
here is the drawing of the tank stand I'm going to get built soon. and I'm going to be painting it berry pink and metallic silver. my daughter chose those colors.
Wendy, you're no idiot! We have been talking a lot about wood in the tank lately I built a stand once that was basically 4 upright 4"x4"s with two bands of 2"x4"s surrounding them, one at the very bottom, the other at the very top. A plywood deck on the top to support the tank, then I covered 3 sides ( left the back open) with a bead-board panelling that you often see in old kitchens, if you know the kind I mean. The front panel was removable/hinged to open up. Painted it white. Looked pretty good, I must admit.
shelving inside it Lady Bug?
Yes the 4x4 for the legs makes it much easyer to atach the frame and makes it very stabale, depending on the length of the tank 2x6 might be better for the top frame. Just like in your diagram
no shelving on it.
You so should!