I'd like to build a stand for three 10-gallon fish aquariums for my
classroom. Preferably, I'd like something that is strong enough to handle
the weight from the water, have an area underneath for storage, and
something that cannot be pulled over should a young child "lean" on it.
Are there any "plans" out there for building such?
plans? build a ladder frame for the 2 sides out of 2x4s add more 2x4s for
cross pieces. use 3/4" exterior plywood for shelves. use bolts to put it
together, not nails or drywall screws.
paint it black.
Building it out of 2x4s will work, but it will be pretty ugly and bulky
for what it does. I'd suggest finding someone who can weld up a decent
stand out of square structural tubing and expanded flattened mesh for
shelving, with adjustable leveling feet. That type of project would take
me about 2 hours and about $50 in materials to do (you prime and paint
it), so it shouldn't be that expensive if you find the right person.
Okay, maybe one of the kid's dad owns a metal shop?
Or beg a donation from the local pet stores (they could put up a discrete
sign to justify the gift...)?
A "Wanted" ad in Craigslist?
One more thing - anchor the sucker to the wall!
"Honey! Ch'oo got som' 'splainin' t' do!"
My current hobbies are equipment-heavy already. I cannot imagine having to
explain why I was enhancing my garage experience further with another round
of equipment financing. ;)
I'll keep looking for a welder that'll donate the time and effort if I
provide the materials.
Everybody, this is my pal The Ranger from alt.home.repair.
He would like a stout support for his fish aquariums, to be
installed in an elementary school on an 'out of pocket'
He's not comfortable with starting a welding hobby but would
like your suggestions on how he can get a nice solid stand made
for the classroom. First prize would be for one of our
Master Fabricators to show up with a portable fab shop.
The Ranger wrote:
/doffs hat to Master Winston
As further explanation, the classroom is almost a perfect square, 28'X29',
with one corner devoted to a "reading/library" area (10'X5'). I am currenly
using a slanted book/magazine display rack as the seperator wall. It's fine
for what it does but I would like to replace the rack with something more
solid which will also offer dual observation points for the animals. The
classroom is currently set up for kindergartners (4-6-yo.) The majority know
that the tank area is not a jungle gym. I was thinking of having one stand
holding 3 10-gallon tanks (expandable to four) which would hold a variety of
animals (tropical fish, crayfish, leopard frogs, tadpoles, snails.) The
current set-ups are quite heavy so they're resting along a cabinet area
along the back wall. I would prefer to be able to anchor said stand to wall
since I live in the Shake-and-Bake state.
This would be highly useful but the school district is funny about what
they'll allow non-facilities personnel to perform. Anchoring furniture to
the floor, if performed without a work order by an uninsured, unlicenced
professional (teacher), can be a termination offense.
re: that "can be a termination offense"
Remember to take your fish with you when you leave. <g>
I remember back when my kids were in grade school, one of their
classrooms didn't have chalk ledge under the black board. The teacher
knew I did some woodworking and asked me to make her one. She said
she'd get the school's maintenance guy to mount it to the cinder block
I made her a real nice looking 8' ledge, complete with wooden mounting
brackets and even supplied the masonry screws and buttons to cover the
When I dropped it off at the school she called the maintenance guy who
told us that she would have to put in a request, which he would have
to get approved by the district, before he could drill into the block.
He then looked at me and added "However, if I came in Monday morning
and it was already mounted to the wall, well, there sure wouldn't be
much I could do about it."
Guess how I spent my Saturday morning?
I would suggest you look into Surface Bond Cement. You would stack
concrete or cinder blocks to make the stand.
After everything is how you want it, you put a 1/8 inch layer of
surface bond cement on the both sides of the concrete block.
The surface bond cement has fiberglass fibers in it so it keeps the
concrete block from separating. It is stronger than concrete block
laid with mortar. In a shake and bake state, you can also put some
rebar down some of the holes and fill in with sakcrete.
I used this on my son's concrete block chimney that was beginning to
develop some cracks. It has been ten years and the chimney is still
That's what I'm looking for at the moment. No one's willing to take it on,
ATM, though, and the two local middle schools don't have any students that
the teachers feel would be able to handle such a project.
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