Pinewood Aquarium Stand

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The cuts with the circular saw on the stand sides are straight enough for these pieces to stand up on their own without any help.

This view shows how the top pieces of wood are assembled.

Both sets of legs are attached to the top with more countersinked screws and carpenters glue. Countersinking the screws so the screw head is below the wood surface is particularly important in this step so the surface where the aquarium will be placed will be completely flat. The countersinking method was used throughout the build process for appearances.

Each set of legs is inset from the underside edge of the top about ½". Positioning the legs under the top as opposed to beside the top of the stand make the most use of the natural strength of the wood. The wood screws and glue are of course necessary, but have very little to do with supporting the weight of the aquarium.

With the almost complete stand placed on it's side on the saw horses, two 14" cross pieces of lumber were cut and aligned with the original 13¼" cross pieces near the base of the legs.

With the new cross pieces screwed and glued in place, this completes the square connecting and supporting all four legs of the stand.

Our fully assembled stand has been sanded and allowed to sit for a day to insure all glue has dried.

This is also an opportunity to make sure the stand is even by checking that all four legs are touching the floor.

Any slight differences can be corrected either in the shop with saw or sandpaper or just a bit of tightly folded newspaper under a short leg when the stand is in place.
To insure no surface was overlooked, during the painting stage, the stand was turned upside down.

In this photo, 150w flood lamps are used to compensate for the otherwise low temperatures in the garage (February). The lamps also make it easier to see all surfaces.

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