This step by step diy woodworking project is about aquarium stand plans. If you want to learn more about building an aquarium stand we recommend you to take a look over the instructions described in the article. Work with good judgement and don’t forget to take a look over the rest of the related plans, as there are many designs and woodworking projects to select from.
Work with attention and don’t forget that a good planning will save you from many issues and it will keep the costs withing the total budget. Invest in high quality materials, such as pine, redwood or cedar. Drill pocket holes before inserting the galvanized screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue t the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.
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Aquarium stand plans
- A – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 29 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 23 1/2″ long FRAME
- B – 5 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 9 1/4″ long SUPPORTS
- C – 2 piece of 1×6 lumber – 32″ long, 2 pieces – 12 1/4″ long, 2 pieces – 22 1/4″ long, 4 pieces of 1×4 lumber – 22 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 32″ long, 2 pieces – 12 1/4″ long TRIMS
- D – 1 piece of 1/2″ plywood – 22 1/4″ x 23 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 5 1/4″x22 1/4″ long PANELS
- E – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 12 1/4″ x 30 1/2″ long TOP
Building an aquarium stand
The first step of the woodworking project is to build the frame of the aquarium stand. Therefore, build the components out of 2×4 lumber using the information from the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the horizontal components and secure them to the vertical legs, by using 2 1/2″ screws.
Top Tip: Make sure the corners are square and add glue to the joints, in order to create a rigid structure.
The next step of the woodworking project is to assemble the frame of the aquarium stand. Build the components out of 2×4 lumber and drill pocket holes at both ends. Fit the supports to the frame and secure it to the perpendicular components using 2 1/2″ screws.
Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are right-angled. Use a spirit level to make sure the sides are plumb and the top support is perfectly horizontal. Adjust the size of the supports to suit your needs.
Continue the project by fitting the side walls to the stand. Build the top trim out of 1×6 lumber and the rest of the trims out of 1×4 lumber. Use 1/2″ plywood to build the panel for the wall.
Drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical trims and insert 1 1/4″ screws to horizontal trims. Drill pocket holes along the edges of the panel and insert 1 1/4″ screws into the frame. Add glue to the joints.
Build the frame wall in the same manner described above. Fit the front wall to the structure and secure it into place using finishing nails and glue. Leave no gaps between the components.
Fit the trims to the back of the aquarium stand. Therefore, fit a 1×6 trim to the top of the structure and a 1×4 trim to the bottom of the structure. Use finishing nails and glue to lock the trims into place thoroughly.
Last but not least, you have to attach the top to the stand. Therefore, cut a piece of 3/4″ plywood at the right dimensions and secure it to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components and add glue to enhance the bond of the structure.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the stand from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain. Place the aquarium to the stand and enjoy your latest project.
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