Removable panels for tank stand

geektom

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Hey all- does anyone here have experience with, or can point me to, building removable panels for their stand?

I have a large tank project planned for next year; one of the conditions from the better half is that it look "furniture quality". I want to make sure I always have easy access underneath, which will be filled with a large sump, and I am guessing the CO2 set up will take up a lot of real estate, too.

Currently my plan is to skin it with quality plywood, but open to any and all suggestions on materials and how to attach them to the frame.

Thanks!
 

geektom

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wow, those are really slick- great for a fish/grow out room, especially. Thanks for sharing, Tom.

In my case I am dealing with a 150g stand that is already pre-drilled and attached to a very sturdy lumber stand (the previous owner used a black piece of cloth that wrapped around it).

Skinning it with ply would be easy enough for even someone of my limited skill, but I have a feeling I will want access to the sides occasionally, and have nice big openings in the front.

Lots of folks in another forum have suggested rare-earth magnets- anyone here do something like that?
 

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Magnetic Push to Open latches is what I'm using. The whole front panel comes off for easy access.

Whole stand made with 2x3 and CDF panels.
 

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Lee Valley Tools sells these little 'Knock Down Panel Connectors'.

I can take every panel off my frame if need be.

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