This project is as much about the fun of
DIY as it is about the final result. So I decided to try
my hand at woodworking, and build my own tank stand. In
the end, I probably could have bought about three pre-made
stands with what I invested in tools and materials. But
this was a lot more fun.
I got the structural plans for this stand from the excellent
auto-plans-generator at fishandtips.com,
which I highly recommend as a starting point if you're
interested in building a stand. I started with 4x4 fir
lumber to create the frame. Its heavy as hell and probably
overbuilt, but remember that 40 gallons weighs around
450 pounds. Staying on the safe side with the construction
isn't a bad idea.
The plans are fairly straight forward,
without a lot of complex joints or anything that requires
special tools. Here is a close up of the 8 inch bolts that
secure the top and bottom frames:
To finish off the stand, I broke from the
plans a little bit (probably would have come out better
if I hadn't). I built two doors, using 2x1 solid oak and
1/4 inch oak plywood. The framing around the door is 4x1
oak and the sides are 1/4 inch oak plywood. The back is
open, to be positioned against the wall and allowing access
to filter pipes and an electrical outlet.
To finish it all off, and help disguise
some of my woodworking short-comings, I gave it a coat
of sealing white primer, and two coats of a gray-blue
latex paint. The paint wasn't quite as dark as I had hoped,
but its good enough for now.