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Old 09-06-2011, 08:01 PM   #11 
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well, it's not going to weigh much over 100 lbs. filled. a gallon of water weighs about 8 lbs. plus ur gravel adn decor so roughly 100 lbs.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:41 AM   #12 
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Support should be the main focus.
Form follows function.

when you build, you will want the 2x4 to support the tank on their thin edge.
So when looking at it, it looks more like ->

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not

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Make sense? This will add more structural support.
If your serious about a tank stand, see how much the local welding shop can build you one for.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:38 AM   #13 
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if I wanted a metal stand, id weld it myself, but im looking to do wood, and finish it
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:07 AM   #14 
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if I wanted a metal stand, id weld it myself, but im looking to do wood, and finish it
Sorry, didn't see the part about you saying you were a welder.
I would go with pressure treated wood for sure. Take a look at Lowes or Home Depot. They have tons of brackets and braces that would help with joining the wood. Like this.


I'd also look into renting a miter (dual compound) as miters will get you a perfect cut every time. And don't use nails. Screws are the way to go on a project like this.
Also, when you do your vertical supports, do it out of 1 piece of wood for better stability. And since it will be tall and top heavy, maybe make the base a little bit bigger.

Hope this helps.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:26 PM   #15 
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hmmm, i like those brackets, thats a good idea. I picked up my 2x4's today to start building the actualy base and shelves. once this rain weather dries up I can get started. And yes I agree that scres are more sturdy for this than just nails.
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welp, Decided against building it, walked into a LFS, and saw a stand that will work just fine for what I need, so I just bought it. Pics will be posted later.
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