Aquarium Stand - Wood or Steel

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  1. sandersc

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    I just realized that I will also have to build a new stand for the tank I am currently constructing.

    After looking on the internet for some good ideas and advice on stands , I suddenly came to the realization that it seems as if all plans for stands on the internet are wooden stands.

    I never even considered making a wooden stand. It seems to me as if it is quite popular in the USA to make wooden stands. Normally made from 2" x 4" .

    What are your ideas about this - wood or steel?
     
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  3. KevinW

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    Wood - I have used beech for my stand and just sealed it with WodDoc exterior. Much easier to work with and saves you from doubling up as you normally end up cladding a metal stand anyway.
     
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    Good point Kevin. That's 1 for the "wood"
     
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    Sorry Kevin , what size tank are we talking about?
     
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    4ft display. However I have not given much thought to the maximum size tank that a wood stand would support. I would think that it would be quite large though provided the uprights are properly sized and that the stand is properly jointed (ie not just but joints)
     
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    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    wood imo,much easier to work with, and much stronger than you would think.

    Tell me what size and i will draw it up for u;)
     
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    Wood is popular in the States because it's so cheap. You would be supprised how expensive a wood stand would work out.

    I did my steel stand out of 38 x 38 square tube, galvanised for less than 1k.
    The size of the stand is 2m x 0.8 x 1M and can probably support the weight of a Sherman Tank.
     
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    Kanga, the tanks bottom glass is 1750 x 650. I have a drawing somewhere on the laptop of a proposed stand, but can't find it in the mess. Would however appreciate a drawing from you to compare with.

    Thanks
     
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    sandersc Thread Starter

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    DR so you think the reason for us not using wood, is the price?
     
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    yip DR said it wood aint cheap in SA
     
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    Mainly. I just built a sorting checking table at work. For a couple of pieces of laminated pine, some varnish and screws it came to R800 +-
    For a tank stand you would need to seal it properly as well, at least 3 coats of polyurethane varnish.

    Price it out and see which is cheaper.
     
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    My stand and a pal's were built by the same person, made of 40mm box steel, he said they were good for 8tonnes weight, if you can powder coat or paint with a rust proofer paint then they will last - even through a flood, a wooden stand may not.
     
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    OK , now it seems as if "steel" is taking the lead!
     
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    Steel is the way!! How often do you see the ninjas on tv punch threw steel?
    Hope that made your mind up!!!
     
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    Both stell frame cladded in wood, but it is pricy, the bare steel look is not great if the tamk is in a living area.
     
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    i would never have the guts to trust wood with all that water
     
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    Have a look at wood wholesalers (eg Country Woods in Durban). They sell a wide range of woods and their prices are not bad.

    Gaz wood is extremely strong - -look at the size houses they build with it.
     
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    Yip, wood is unbelievably strong, I have seen 2.5 and very deep 3 metre tzanks on wood at our LFS, and thinner than I would have built it.
     
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    Guys the thing is , even if I do it in steel, I wiil definitely clad it with a wooden cover (cabinet), otherwise the wife's definitely going to complain or ban me and the tank to the outbuilding.
     
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    I know wood is stong but with my luck it would not get sealed correctly and absorb a bit of water........ and have fish in my dinning room one morning:lol:
     
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