I am planning on building some furniture which has to support 2 aquariums. I have found many examples online of a simple design which uses 2x4s constructional softwood to build a box for the aquarium to sit on.
I am wondering if I picked a hardwood to build it, if I would be able to use smaller dimensions of the wood for the same strength?
For example, if I used maple could I achieve the same strength using 1x3s?
The aquariums are going to be 300 litre 120cm x 50cm x 50cm (48" x 20" x 20"). So lets round up and say a live weight of 400kg per tank.
I was thinking of using this design:
The key parts are:
- Going to put ply on the back and the top
- Weight is supported by the timbers not the screws
- 8 legs in total (two in each corner)