How To Build Aquarium Stand

DIY: How to build aquarium stand for a 4 feet aquarium:

Making an aquarium stand is simple & you can do it yourself at home without taking help of carpenter. Build an aquarium stand that will enhance your craftsmanship skills & also the stand will be according to your requirements. You can customize aquarium stand & add new features later but I have made a simple stand to make things easier for you. Add a cabinet for storing tools or for putting a SUMP filter. The process of making wood stand requires wood, screws & other tools & it is inexpensive & you are free to choose the height of aquarium stand.



How to build aquarium stand


In today’s tutorial I am going to show you how to build an aquarium stand for a 4 feet tank. The precise dimensions of my aquarium are:
  • Length: 123 cm
  • Width: 36 cm
  • Height: 51 cm

DIY: Make an aquarium stand


I build this stand using 2 x 4 wood & it is very durable & also I added additional supports & bracing to increase the holding strength of aquarium stand. It is even possible to use the same design & same no. of 2 x 4’s for a 5 feet fish tank. I have used wood screws that are 75 mm long.


Tools needed to build an aquarium stand:

  • Use any saw available at home including table saw / jigsaw / hand saw, or purchase pre-cut wood
  • Electric drill can be used to drill holes
  • Electric screw driver can be used for screwing
  • Use a hammer
  • Use wood glue but it is optional not recommended.
  • Use level for better finishing


Steps: How to build an aquarium stand:

In this video I will show you how to build a cheap aquarium stand which can be upgraded to include cabinets but I have kept this design simple. Watch video till the end & follow step by step procedure.


Step 1: Cut wood boards according to required dimension:


Cut wood boards according to required dimension
Cut wood boards according to required dimension


I have cut the wood boards according to my required size. 4 boards are 124 cm in length. 6 boards are 82 cm in length. 10 boards are 64 cm in length & another 10 boards are 28 cm in length.


Step 2: Make a top rectangular frame:


Make a top rectangular frame
Make a top rectangular frame


I put 4 boards on the ground to make a top rectangular frame. Then I glued the end joints & started screwing screws into the joints using electric screw driver to prepare the top rectangular frame.


Step 3: Make legs of top rectangular frame:


Make legs of top rectangular frame


Then I added 4 vertical boards (legs) at the interior of end joints & applied screws to make them harder. I used level for good finishing. I applied some glue before screwing screws to make things easier.


Step 4: Make a bottom rectangular frame:


Make a bottom rectangular frame
Make a bottom rectangular frame


I repeated step 1 to build the bottom rectangular frame. Once again I used 4 pieces of wood to make a rectangular frame. Then I started screwing screws into the end joints to make them stiff.  


Step 5: Connect top & bottom rectangular frames to make a box:


Connect top & bottom rectangular frames
Connect top & bottom rectangular frames


I placed the rectangular bottom frame on the ground & used a hammer to lock the legs of the top frame inside the bottom frame end joints. I applied screws & I have a box shape ready.


Step 6: Add 2 more boards to each corner:


Add 2 more boards to each corner
Add 2 more boards to each corner


I attached 2 more boards to each corner. This step is easy & I applied screws for hardness. Also it is recommended to cut the wood at exact dimensions or use pre-cut wood for good finishing.


Step 7: Bracing the stand:


Bracing the stand


Bracing the stand will increase its stiffness. Bracing is required for 4 feet aquarium. Any additional bracing is optional for a 4 feet fish tank. I used a level to see if everything is balanced or not.


Conclusion:



How to build aquarium stand


I hope this tutorial will put a smile on your face because it is a very simple & affordable way to build an aquarium stand. If you have difficulty in following steps, then watch video tutorial for step by step procedure.


Apply paint to aquarium stand & build canopy:

In my next tutorials I will show you how to wrap & paint aquarium stand & how to build canopy. You can find the links of next tutorials below:





Pros of DIY aquarium stand:


Pros of DIY aquarium stand
Pros of DIY aquarium stand


DIY aquarium stand is easy to build at home & it does not need any high level wood craftsmanship. DIY aquarium stand is durable & according to your requirement. Also you can build cabinets for storing items.


Cons of DIY aquarium stand:


Cons of DIY aquarium stand
Cons of DIY aquarium stand


It needs free time & effort to build aquarium stand at home. If you want to add cabinets then it will need more time & skills but you can easily get a pre-built stand with storage space & everything required from shop.


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