DIY 15/20 Gallon Aquarium Stand Part Deux. Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWPYiQdG8TE
The stand is complete! I'm pretty happy with how it came out considering it's my first DIY tank stand. Several things could have been better, but I think it was a good warm-up to prep me for a similar 40 gallon stand I want to build this fall.
Here are the final specs (I hope all of this is right, it is late and I am drinking a beer....just saying)
26" wide x 14.5" deep x 29.75" tall (31.75" including the top trim)
Frame Materials - about $15
4 - 24.5" 2x4 cuts (top and base width)
4 - 10" 2x4 cuts (top and base depth)
4 - 22" 2x4 cuts (legs)
24 - 2.5" wood screws
16 - 2" self tapping pocket screws
Plywood Paneling - about $25 for a half sheet. Be sure to cut the panels after you have the frame assembled and measured.
2 Sides - 13" x 31" plywood cuts (my final cut was about 13 1/16" in order to fit the measured frame)
3 Shelves - 24.5" x 13" plywood cuts (for the top and 2 shelves)
Oak Board Paneling 5.5" x 3/4" Oak Boards - about $65
2 - 31" boards for the front
2 - 29.75" boards for the back
4 - 14.75" boards for the front and back width (actually ended up more like 14 7/8" to fit). You will want to cut these last.
Trim: about $35
3 1/4" unfinished oak baseboards to wrap the top and bottom.
3/4" square oak hobby wood. Used to trim the top of the plywood and the middle shelf.
Stain and finishing: about $40
Wood filler, sand paper, pre-stain conditioner, stain, polyurethane, gloves, and stain pads. I did buy larger sizes than I needed since I plan to use the same finish on another project. You can buy the smaller size stain and pre-stain conditioner.
Everything was glued and clamped. I used 2" finishing nails to secure the paneling to the 2x4 frame and to secure the 3/4" square oak pieces to trim the plywood. I used 1" finishing nails to secure the top moulding.
Overall cost was about $180, but you can save $15 buying the smaller container of pre-stain conditioner and stain. You can also save another $15-$20 by using cheaper paneling on the back. So overall, I think you can build this stand for about $150 assuming you already have all the tools you need, or better yet, use it as an excuse to add to your toy...I mean tool...collection ;-)
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