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robham7770 replied the topic: Plywood tank design development

Most importantly, lots of video and pictures. Plans look awesome, good luck!
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theniceguy9112 replied the topic: Plywood tank design development

Here's a video that can help you in your build. Might give you some more ideas for the build.

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Theaggressiveoscar replied the topic: Plywood tank design development

Thanks! Uarujoey makes some amazing diy guides. I have looked at about every plywood aquarium guide that is available online and I'm feeling pretty confident :)
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JasonR replied the topic: Plywood tank design development

That's what its all about man research! Find out what works and what doesn't and develop a plan then execute. Don't skimp on the plywood...use cabinet grade
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Theaggressiveoscar replied the topic: Plywood tank design development

Alright, but do you think that cabinet grade plywood will cost much more than just regular plywood that you would get from a home improvement store?

And where can I get cabinet grade plywood? local lumber companies?
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JasonR replied the topic: Plywood tank design development

The local home improvement store should have quality grade plywood. Its gonna cost 50%-100% more but its a small cost relatively speakiking. Its way better to work with and much stronger. Talk to the people at the home improvement store and if you still have questions regarding what you should buy post up here. Also have them cut the plywood to size for you and check all measurements after they do and before leaving the store
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Theaggressiveoscar replied the topic: Plywood tank design development

Alright, I'll begin to look for the materials tomorrow.

Also...just found the holy grail of plywood tank guides!
A compilation of diy plywood tanks, most showing how they built the tank step by step :woohoo: Just what I needed.

www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/showthread.php?288821-Compilation-of-DIY-plywood-tanks-(Load-Warning)

and also made some changes to the design of the tank. I now put all the sides onto a single sheet of plywood to increase the overall strength of the tank. on the previous design the front, back, and side frames would have been connected to the bottom frame, not the tank itself, which probably would have caused some issues.



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Theaggressiveoscar replied the topic: Plywood tank design development

Have been calling around and this is what I came up with.

3/4" thick 4'X10' maple plywood $95 a piece
3/4" thick 4X10' A grade plywood $135 a piece
3/4" plywood www.homedepot.com/p/3-4-in-x-4-ft-x-8-ft-C-3-Whole-Piece-Birch-Domestic-Plywood-165921/100077837?N=bu0m

There's one more option....OSB panels. apparently they go head to head with plywood strenght-wise and are cheaper?
(it goes head to head in most applications but idk how well it would work in a tank build. any ideas?)

what would be the best way to go? I'm really trying to keep this build at around $600
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JasonR replied the topic: Plywood tank design development

I'm sure osb strength wise is good but it would be hell to try and work with I would strongly advise against using it. I would go with the Birch ply from home depot, thats what I plan on using on my next tank. Just be sure to go through the stack yourself and pick out the best sheets. Have them cut it all to size and check all the measurements before leaving store. Check too that all the boards were cut square
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Theaggressiveoscar replied the topic: Plywood tank design development

Alright, 1 More thing though. Should I use the stacked and screwed together 2x4s in the viewing window or should I go with that grade A plywood?

I'm thinking that the 2x4s together would work as beams and will be stronger than plywood but I'm not really sure :unsure:
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