best wood type to use?

Discussion in 'DIY - Do It Yourself' started by LadyBug82, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. LadyBug82Valued MemberMember

    what kind of wood is best to make a fish tank stand out of?

  2. MikeS29Valued MemberMember

    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.

  3. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

  4. Wendy LubianetskyWell Known MemberMember

    :-[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
  5. croakerValued MemberMember

    i make mine out of birch plywood
    strong and flat
  6. pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    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.
  7. Landozer18Well Known MemberMember

    Do looks matter ? Personally I would do solid oak!
  8. LadyBug82Valued MemberMember

    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.

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  9. MikeS29Valued MemberMember

    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.
  10. Landozer18Well Known MemberMember

    shelving inside it Lady Bug?
  11. fresh waterValued MemberMember

    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
  12. LadyBug82Valued MemberMember

    no shelving on it.
  13. Landozer18Well Known MemberMember

    You so should! :)

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