How To Build An Aquarium Stand
Every aquarium needs support, which is why it is essential to know how to build an aquarium stand. The main purpose of this is to withstand the weight of the water (one liter of water weighs one kilogram). Building an aquarium stand is a fairly straightforward process, provided you have a little know how of the operation of power tools.
To build an aquarium stand, you will need
- 2x4's wood
- Circular Saw
- Tape Measure
- Sharp Pencil
- Wood Glue
- Before starting, take accurate measurements of the tank that will be supported by the stand using the tape measure. Write these down and keep them in front of you before building the stand.
- Now, build the basic frame for the aquarium stand. The stand will consist of two rectangles (top and bottom), vertical stands and cross beams. The top and bottom rectangles should be made of 2x4's, and should be half an inch wider and longer than the dimensions of the tank (for greater accuracy).
- Vertical posts (made of 2x4's) should be added to the four corners of the rectangles (according to the depth of your tank) and should be connected to the rectangle using wood glue and nails.
- A tank that is four feet wide should have a single cross beam. A tank that is longer should have more than one. Attach the cross beam to the structure in the same way that you attached the vertical posts, by using wood glue and nails. The crossbeam should be attached to the bottom rectangle (on which the bottom of the tank will rest) to add strength to the structure.
- Now, use the sandpaper to sand the entire stand so that is is smooth to the touch. You should add coats of finish to the wood to give it an authentic look, and you are ready to mount your aquarium on it's very own stand!