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Old 04-26-2012, 05:03 PM
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Default Custom 2 x 4 rack vs bakers wire rack

I was looking at getting a new rack system so I have room to expand. I got to thinking, wouldn't building a 2x4 shelving unit be a cheaper and likely just as sturdy as a wire rack from Shopko/Walmart? Plus you would be able to fit exactly the right amount of tanks on a shelf that you want. And isn't plywood and 2 x 4 pretty cheap?

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My biggest concern would prob be figuring out where to put supports/how to brace the thing in order to support the weight.

Could you also have a 2 x4 frame for support and then use nicer wood to cover the sides and fronts to make it look less like just a 2x4 rack? I like that IKEA bookshelf look, very clean and organized, which is what I would look for to keep the fiance happy.
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Old 04-26-2012, 08:34 PM
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Default Re: Custom 2 x 4 rack vs bakers wire rack

I think 2x4 shelving is the way to go if you're handy with a screw gun and a saw.

I have an 8 foot long, 24 inches deep freestanding shelf that would probably survive an earth quake and it's just held together with screws. Depending on how much water you want it to hold, I might use bolts for a little more security but for the typical vivs it would hold them no problem. I regularly step up on to the shelves to reach the top and it's rock solid.

And like you said, you can always face it with a plywood to give it more of a finished look.
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