View Full Version : I want to build an aquariun stand...

10-23-2005, 03:31 PM
A trip to the fair yeilded 2 goldfish, which spawned a trip to petsmart, which led to an aquarium, I guess you get the idea...

I told my wife I could build one out of steel welded tubing but she's not gonna have any industrial looking stuff in the living room. It's not a big one, just 15 gallons but she wants a stand with a drawer or cabinet or something. I think I could pull it off and it may make her happy and help her understand how important and essential it is to have a small industrial complex in the backyard...

I'm not real clever so I was wondering if anyone had any pics of something I could handle with my limited skills. I was thinking about a tiled top which would impress her... maybe... Maybe just a simple wood cabinet door with a magnetic catch.

I'd love to try an aluminum framed stand with a polished diamond treadplate top and some awesome "row of coins" TIG welds in the corners but I think I'd better get to practicing first http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

10-23-2005, 03:37 PM
Start collecting machinery for a wood shop.

10-23-2005, 03:40 PM
It's going to be made out of welded tubing. I really don't want to catch woodworkers disease...

I wish the plasma cutter would hurry up and get here because I could cut a pattern in something like 16 ga. and use it for the sides and front cabinet door.

Anyone know where I can get a cheap spotwelder? May come in handy on this one http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//eek.gif

God help me...

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10-23-2005, 04:05 PM

Paint it with some of that fancy spray paint they sell nowadays in a color that matches.

3 Phase Lightbulb
10-23-2005, 04:08 PM
I would build it out of angle iron. 1/2" x 1/2" x 3/16" for the top miterd (The tank fits inside with 1/2" lip on the outside. Either build the legs with the same angle, or DOM seamless. Build a few shelfs inside the legs too with the angle and fit some laminated MDF,etc.


10-23-2005, 04:23 PM
What is wrong with the industrial look? The more industrial and shined up, the better?!!!!!

10-23-2005, 04:25 PM
Goldfish .... a likely story.

If you're going to use it to store your rusty ol' machines (and make them feel at home) you're going to need a much bigger tank.

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10-23-2005, 04:45 PM

I would send you this for a start on a spot welder but the shipping would be more than buying one new.


10-23-2005, 04:45 PM
I could probably keep a Taig in there...

10-23-2005, 05:53 PM
after you've got the goldfish goin....get yerself an oscar. those are fun fish.

when mine died five years ago it was in a 100 gallon tank, eating a few goldfish a day and the about 8" long. I needed a bigger tank.

He would have lived longer, but I didn't catch the ick in time http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif


10-23-2005, 06:16 PM
Find someone with a mig welder. I go around on trash day and pick up all the old angle-iron bed frames that go out in the trash. Its great because I don't have to go out early in the morning because the trash pickup won't take any metal so they sit there all day for the taking. The largest tank I have is a 20 gallon (high). The angle iron is mostly the 1" category which is plenty strong. Better yet go buy a welder and tell the wife you need it to make a fish tank stand. I used a similar ploy to buy a mig. Uncrichie...

10-23-2005, 06:30 PM
Thanks guys, but about the spot welder, I was kind of goofin' on this post:

I may get one though...

10-23-2005, 07:48 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">...and help her understand how important and essential it is to have a small industrial complex in the backyard...</font>

ROFLMAO... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

I remember those days. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//wink.gif

Your Old Dog
10-23-2005, 08:04 PM
You could get rich making these is right! It's all in the marketing and shutting down flea markets and yard sales http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif


I only paid $4.50 for this stand but had the guy stuck to his guns I would have had to go the whole $5.00 but then it's been said I'm cheap and a heartless negotiator http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif If this one had a little more rust on it, that is to say more of a challenge I'd send it on down to you!


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