So what I did in the past couple weeks. I DIY'ed a stand out of an american classics, standard 24"x24" counter top from the home depot. I took a piece of 24"x24" 1" thick precut oak for the surface, filled in some gaps, sanded, and painted it black.
The thing about this cabinet that makes me slightly nervous is the fact that the side walls are fiber board, and the bottom inner cabinet is fiber board, braced underneath with a standard house beam cut to size. Every time I look at it, I need to know if I'm going insane, or will this stand actually be okay? It's only a 25g cube.
It looks like it's working okay.
1. the side walls are fiberboard
2. the moisture from the sump the the inside cabinet.
3. warping in the future.
I didn't spend a fortune, but If you guys think this thing will fail in the future, I may try to replace it.
Notice the top of the oak from the inside, I also braced it with a piece of teak (very very hard wood) across the center.
Edited by andrewguilfoy, 19 March 2012 - 06:21 PM.