07:26AM | 11/25/03
Member Since: 11/24/03
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My quesiton is maybe simpler by saying where can I look to find out the max weight supported by a 2x4 or 4x4.
Specifically I am building an aquarium stand to support about 3600 pounds. It's footprint is 96" by 30" and I need to know should I use 2x4 or 4x4 and how many?
Any suggestions?


11:50AM | 11/29/03
Member Since: 11/28/03
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I can look up the strength but I need to know what lumber you are going to use to build it as they all have different strength ratings. I put a 55 gallon on a 2x4 frame with a center support at 24 inches without any problems. I think if you support it every 16-24 inches you wouldn't have any problems.

Glenn Good

01:04PM | 11/29/03
Member Since: 09/10/03
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Frame with 2x4s @ 16" O. C. should work fine.

Even more important is the lateral support or "X" bracing to keep it from collapsing. The 2x4s will hold the weight if you use the proper bracing to hold them vertical with no problem. (Plywood also works well for the lateral support.)


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