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Couple more Aquarium pieces.

I really enjoy designing and building these. Here is a couple more I finished this last month.

65g gloss black with diamond plate.


Next to a 75/90g Red Cedar piece.




Cherry stand for a 93g cube. Glass is 30 x 30 x 30

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Very nice work! I love that diamond plate, very cool. Do you contract with a aquarium store on your stands? How is that working out for you? Again great work!

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I really like your designs! Especially the cedar - I haven't seen too many like that.

Part of the reason I'm getting into woodworking again is to design and build my own stands/canopies. Sold my 135g and 75g setups to get me started.
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I agree, that cedar one looks phenomenal. The others are very nice too. Great work. Is the design of the base so that it holds the weight with ease or do you have to add supports to these tanks? Are the fronts on the tops hinged for access to the tank from the top? You do really nice work.
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. Is the design of the base so that it holds the weight with ease or do you have to add supports to these tanks? Are the fronts on the tops hinged for access to the tank from the top? You do really nice work.
Tops are hinges for incredable ease when working in the tanks. The base support the weight very well.

I have contracts with one store to supply their floor inventory and 2 others for all of their special order pieces. I penciled another contract yesterday with a online retailer to supply all of their orders as well.

One thing I caution to anyone thinking about doing this for a living.....don't. we do about 10% of our yearly sales in these and the really don't make the money you would think. If I was the retail end it might but to wholesale its a cut throat business. If I didn't enjoy it I wouldn't do it.

The reason I do these is my love for the hobby. I'm on and have been on the presidency council of the Wasatch Marine Society for several years. www.utahreefs.com I have a 300g reef tank as well as a 180g sting ray tank with a 75 g anemone tank. (400g total)

You can see a gallery of my designs on my web site as well as an explanation of my frames on my blog. Both can be found at www.richinscarpentry.com
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do you just laminate plywood together. it looks like a glue lamb beam almost. i have wanted to get a fish tank for my house but its kind of an expensive thing to get into. so if i could make the stand myself that would help, but i was always worried if i built it myself i would come home to a tank on the floor due to the weight.

you being in utah also where is the best place to get all the stuff i need. i want to do salt water, but the only place i know of is "The Aquarium" on 7th east and 90th south in sandy.

any help or info you have would be awesome.

PS you can pm me if you want so we don't take over your thread here because after all it is here to show off your awesome tank stands.
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As always, stands look fantastic!
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love that diamond plate looks nice
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Those are nice.... I wondered where the step bumper on my truck went.. :))

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