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Old 06-25-2014, 03:35 PM
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Just wondering if anyone has made a rack themselves and NOT used 2x4s and used 2X3 or 2x2s? I have a closet that will be a tight fit for a stand, with room for 4 18x18x24 exo terras.

I know some people have "notched" the 2x4's and others stand seem to be just screwed together with metal braces.

I was also wondering if theres a good way and a bad way of weight distribution/joint types for the stand. I haven't really seen many detailed plans for the ideal construction and the aquarium stand on reef forums are a bit too bulky and heavy duty. (I imagine they'd be overkill)

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It's not the size of the wood, it's the quality! You can do a 1x3 stand using straight wood from a decent lumber yard. If you have a harbor freight they sell their version of a kreg jig which I prefer to the original. That with accurate cuts and some glue will hold just fine. Google some 1x4 stand builds, test your stand with a piece of plywood over top and some heavy objects
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So my tentative plan is to use 2x2's and 1/2 hardwood plywood. I'll post pictures of the process... hopefully its sturdy enough. I also found this interesting link regarding different types of "joinery". I've seen some of these in peoples pictures but am having a hard time finding any discussion on whats best/easiest or sturdy enough. I'll give it a shot though. - home improvement & remodeling made easy: design, plan, purchase, build, hire a contractor and more!
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no offense, but that sounds like its gonna be really flimsy.

you'd be better using thinner supports and joining them to form a L.

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If you are going to use plywood as well you can use 1x3 to make a frame and cover with sheet if plywood it's pretty much how kitchen cabinets are made
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there is an outlet for internet and cable in the closet too. works great.
it bends a bit, you can see the strip of light when I put a straight price of wood as a level. not sure how else to support it or if it's ok

if I would change anything I'd get thicker plywood. it works well being a tight fit in the closet because I can't even tell if it's unstable. I suspect if it was free standing it'd be fairly wobbly.
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I'd recommend putting 1x1s or 1x2s in the middle of the bottom shelf going vertically to help support the weight. It seems your shelf is slightly put one in the back and front. Looks good though

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