Simple 29 gallon (~400 lbs) aquarium stand

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grvsharma
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Simple 29 gallon (~400 lbs) aquarium stand

Postby grvsharma » Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:54 am

Hi all,

A while ago I used FreeCAD to design an aquarium stand. Sharing the FreeCAD file, in case it may be useful to someone else.

The final stand photo is attached as well. I changed a few things on the fly, i.e. the width of the table and the height of the middle shelf, and have not updated the CAD model, as anyone using it would probably adapt it anyway.

I did not have a lot of tools, just made it with mainly a saw (got the big pieces cut already at Home Depot), a hammer and a drill. The `workbench' was the packaging box of the subwoofer you see on the left with a cheap OSB board on top. If you notice the top 2x2 bars (supporting the table top) touch each other---that square was the starting point, and got the legs attached. There is a bit of alignment mismatch, it leans a bit towards the front and to the right, which I fixed with small pieces of cardboard (seen in the pic). I and the fishes are all very happy with it :)

I am hoping to post more complicated projects in the future. This one got me familiar with the basics.

Many thanks to all the good people supporting and developing FreeCAD and a Happy New Year 2020 to all!

Best,
Gaurav
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thschrader
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Re: Simple 29 gallon (~400 lbs) aquarium stand

Postby thschrader » Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:50 pm

Nice work, I like aquariums!
The yellow dot, is that a snail?
BTW: when loading your file, I get quadratic legs, not rectangular as shown above.
Another file?
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grvsharma
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Re: Simple 29 gallon (~400 lbs) aquarium stand

Postby grvsharma » Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:17 pm

Aah yes, sorry that was the more ambitious v1 of the design. The 4x4 were heavy and I figured I would struggle to assemble it.

In the one I actually made (after a bit of downsizing), I could make a rectangular frame with 2x2 (top one) and get the lighter 2x4 legs to attach to them to get it going.

The new file is attached.

Thanks for the appreciation, and <delete>yes that is a Nerite snail!</delete> no that is a rock but there are three Nerite snails in there. You can see one on the driftwood branch 2nd from the right on the top (orange dot, about half the diameter of the rock).
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chrisb
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Re: Simple 29 gallon (~400 lbs) aquarium stand

Postby chrisb » Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:49 pm

And I see Douglas Adams in the shelf, :thumbsup:
grvsharma
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Re: Simple 29 gallon (~400 lbs) aquarium stand

Postby grvsharma » Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:44 am

Yes sir!