Pinewood Aquarium Stand
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- 8 - 2" x4" x8' pine lumber studs
- A small box of 2" wood screws
- 1 bottle of wood glue
- Hand circular saw or Miter saw
- T-Square or other angle measure
- A right angle
- Power drill with countersink bit
- Saw horses or workbench
- Wood clamps
- Power sander or sandpaper
This 15 gallon aquarium stand is being
constructed from solid pine wall studs, wood
screws and carpenters glue from the hardware
After measuring the aquarium frame's width and
depth, a front and back piece for the top of the
stand are cut to 21" (outer edge) with 45º cuts.
Two more pieces are cut to 17¼" for the sides.
A 14" piece with 90º cuts was positioned and
glued in the middle. The aquarium will cover the
large opening in the top of the stand.
These measurements are just wide enough for
the aquarium and will provide an extra 6" shelf in
front. The stand top can be built flush with the
front of the aquarium if preferred.
With a 30" tall stand as the goal, the stand legs
are cut with the circular saw to 28½". This takes
into consideration the 1½" thick stand top.
Two pairs of 28½" lumber are attached with
countersinked wood screws and glue for each
stand leg. One stud per leg would provide plenty
of strength, but two studs are used for each leg
just for preference.
Two 13¼" cross pieces are cut and attached to
each pair of legs with screws and glue.
The right angle is used to insure the cross
pieces are straight. This photo shows one of the
sides of the aquarium stand.
This photo shows the cross pieces in place.
This stand side is completed and identical to
the other side. The seam between the two
lumber pieces on each leg points to the side so
when viewing the front of the stand the seam will
be behind the front facing piece of lumber.
This photo shows the completed top and both
sides of the stand.
The more critical measuring and cutting has
been done. The rest of the work involves
attaching these larger pieces.
do-it-yourself aquarium and semi-aquatic background designs beyond the traditional
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when performing the steps described in this article
are the responsibility of the individuals building the
background. Dramaticaquascapes.com is not
responsible for personal injury or property damage as
a result of following steps outlined in this article.