How to Make a Wooden Fish Tank Stand

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How to Make a Wooden Fish Tank Stand
Making a fish tank at home requires little more than a few boards. (kitchen board image by Pomidors from

Fish tank stands come in a number of styles and materials. Regardless of the type you choose, its ultimate purpose is to provide a stable place for your home fish tank to sit. Commercial tank stands are often expensive and are not always suitably sturdy. Making your own fish tank stand at home out of wood can not only save you money, but also provide you with a piece that's sturdier than many commercial models.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • 12 2-by-4s
  • Saw
  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • 8 metal L brackets
  • Screws
  • 6 pieces 3/4-inch plywood
  • Stain
  • Paint

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  1. 1

    Measure the length and width of the aquarium. Cut four pieces of 2-by-4 wood that are three inches longer than the aquarium's length and four pieces that are three inches wider than the width.

  2. 2

    Sand the edges of the cut wood with a medium-grit sandpaper until they are smooth.

  3. 3

    Lay the pieces of cut wood so that they create two separate rectangles on your work surface. Each rectangle should have two length pieces and two width pieces. Attach the pieces of wood using a hammer and nails.

  4. 4

    Place one of the completed rectangles flat on your workspace. This is the stand's base. Attach one 2-by-4 perpendicularly to each corner of the rectangle using a metal L bracket and screws. These are the legs. The length of the 2-by-4s depends on how tall you want the finished stand to be. Put two L brackets on the inside faces of each leg. In other words, the two sides of the 2-by-4 that face the inside of the rectangle each get a bracket.The brackets should attach where the leg and the base meet.

  5. 5

    Attach the second rectangle to the top of the legs using two more L brackets per leg and screws. This is the top of the stand.

  6. 6

    Place a piece of three-quarter-inch plywood on top of the top rectangle. Use nails to attach it. The dimensions of the plywood should match the dimensions of the top of the stand.

  7. 7

    Place four more pieces of three-quarter-inch plywood to cover the legs of the stand. Use nails to attach them in place. The dimensions of the plywood should match the dimensions of the sides of the stand.

  8. 8

    Stain or paint your completed stand, if desired. Allow the stain or paint to dry completely before setting your tank on top of it.

Tips and warnings

  • Ensure all pieces are flush before attaching them for the best stability.

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