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    Another IKEA Aquarium Stand/Cabinet for New Project, With Light Stand

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    My second IKEA DIY project for a new tank i'm setting up.

    http://fish-plants-hamsters.blogspot...arch/label/DIY

    This time I also use an IKEA cloth hanging stand as light hanging stand.

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    Re: Another IKEA Aquarium Stand/Cabinet for New Project, With Light Stand

    very nicely done. How is the calculation done? to be sure that the cabinet can withstand the load?

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    Re: Another IKEA Aquarium Stand/Cabinet for New Project, With Light Stand

    Quote Originally Posted by pyl View Post
    very nicely done. How is the calculation done? to be sure that the cabinet can withstand the load?
    Thanks! Just like my previous project, I reinforced the insides with 2x1 kapok (solid) wood. Basically created a skeleton to strengthen the structure. Me, the wife, and the son can sit on top and wiggle about without cabinet ever noticing it

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    Re: Another IKEA Aquarium Stand/Cabinet for New Project, With Light Stand

    I noticed that the weight is distributed only on 4 legs. Can the legs withstand the weight?

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    Re: Another IKEA Aquarium Stand/Cabinet for New Project, With Light Stand

    Quote Originally Posted by atolylica View Post
    I noticed that the weight is distributed only on 4 legs. Can the legs withstand the weight?
    Yes. Typical glass tank (not acrylic), the weight distribution is concentrated at the corners.

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    Re: Another IKEA Aquarium Stand/Cabinet for New Project, With Light Stand

    Quote Originally Posted by Allan Asis View Post
    Yes. Typical glass tank (not acrylic), the weight distribution is concentrated at the corners.
    Even when tank is acrylic, the solid wood "skeleton" reinforcement will prevent the cabinet from bending when the tank's bottom center tries to bend due to water weight, thereby preventing the tank bottom itself from bending (or bowing). This reinforcement's mechanism then redistributes the weight from the top to bottom corners of the cabinet into the 4 stands. Now the only way for the stand to give in is when there's too much weight forcing its physical structure to break. Ain't going to happen. We are nowhere putting several tons here. maximum weight I estimate the cabinet needs to hold is at 200kg (soil, water, rocks). the tank volume is 125L.

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    Re: Another IKEA Aquarium Stand/Cabinet for New Project, With Light Stand

    Really good DIY but I wouldn't dare do it because if the IKEA cabinet goes......

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    Does this make sense: ~Imperfect Past equals future tense~


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    Re: Another IKEA Aquarium Stand/Cabinet for New Project, With Light Stand

    Nice! Can share where you bought the kapok? Thanks.

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