Aquarium Stand (30 gallons)

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Aquarium stand and top designed for 30 gallon tanks measuring 12 1/2" x 36".


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Cut sheet of plywood

Cut all your pieces out of sheet of plywood.


Cut pieces for top

Cut all of your pcs for your top. The back, swing door and swing door holder all have to be cut on a table saw at measurements defined in cut list.


Assemble top 1

Drill 4 pocket holes in your 13 1/4 pcs at one end only. Attach at each ends of your 38" pc.


Assemble top 2

Drill 2 pocket holes at both ends of your 36 1/2" × 3" pc. Attach them to the 13 1/4" pcs.


Assemble top 3

Drill 2 pocket holes at each end of your 4"×36 1/2" pc. Drill 4 more across one side. Mount it flush to the top back of the box.


Assemble top 4

Attach hinge to the piece installed in previous step. Attach your remaining piece of 8"×36 1/4" to the other side of the hinge.


Assemble top 5

Add blocking to the sides, top and bottom. Leave a 1" gap at the bottom and use brad nails to attach a small piece of wood at both ends. I used a spare piece at 8"×3/4" This will allow the top to rest on the aquarium. Using brad nails, add another piece at each ends 3/4" from the top. This will allow the top to rest on something when closed.


Assemble bottom

Drill pocket holes. 4 at the top and bottom of all the 11"×24" pieces. 4 at the top and bottom of your 10 1/2" x 24" pieces. Add 4 pocket holes along both sides of these two.


Assemble bottom 2

Attach the 10 1/2" pieces to the 11" pieces. Repeat for the second box.


Assemble bottom 3

Using the left over from your piece of plywood. Cut two pieces at 10 1/2"× 2". Drill picker holes and attach to the top front of the boxes.


Assemble bottom

Add wood veneer to the edges of the 38"×13" pieces. Also add veneer to the edges of both doors. 12"×23 3/4"


Assemble bottom 6

Mount both boxes to the two 38" pieces. Places them 2 1/2" from the side edges and a 1/2" from the back.


Assemble bottom 7

Attach doors to the front. I used very simple swivel hinges. Many options on what you can use. Also decide if you want knobs.

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Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(1) 3/4" Thick, Full Sheet, Plywood  
(2) 1x8, 96", Board  
(1) 1x10, 48", Board  


(50) Pocket screws  
(1) Top hinge  
(4) Door hinges  

Parts/Cut List:

(4) Box sides, 3/4"×11"×24"  
(2) Box back, 3/4"×10 1/2"×24"  
(2) Box doors, 3/4"×12"×23 3/4"  
(2) Horizontal shelf supports, 3/4"×13"×38"  
(1) Top front, 3/4"×7 1/4"×38"  
(2) Top sides, 3/4"×7 1/4"×13 1/4"  
(1) Top back, 3/4"×7 1/4"×36 1/2"  
(1) Top swing door, 3/4"×8"×36 1/4"  
(1) Top swing door holder, 3/4"×4 1/4"×36 1/2"  


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