In March 2011 my wife bought two Red Slider turtles from the local flea market for $10. We stuck them in a $25 Craiglist fish tank and they seemed happy

A year and a half later and Dexter had outgrown the small tank. The other turtle was sickly when we brought him home and he did not make it. Look at the size of the floating rock in those two pictures to get an idea of how much Dexter grew:

My wife decided that she wanted a larger tank for the turtle and found a 50 gallon tank (again on Craigslist) and had me build a new tank stand for it. I used this as an excuse to buy a cheap Harbor Freight band saw ($120 off Craigslist) for the fabrication:

The Chinese band saws were not the best but by doing a few modifications and cleaning them up a bit you could get some good use out of them. The first thing I did was to clean up the horrible hardened cosmoline or whatever kind of packing grease that was all over the table:

Ahh, much better:

I also opened up the gearbox and removed the nasty tar-like grease that was in there. I replaced it with nice synthetic oil. You wouldn't believe how thick this stuff was. I ended up scooping it out with a flat blade screwdriver. There is no way this stuff would have given any lubrication:

We took a trip to the local scrap yard and came home with a few sticks of rusty angle iron:

While I was building the stand she put a nice coat of blue paint on the back of the tank:

I welded two boxes for the shelves:

I also cut supports out of flat bar due to the several hundred pounds of water and tank that it would soon hold:

Looks good:

Wow, this thing is huge:

Dexter is now looking much happier in his new tank (the old one is on the shelf below as a comparison):

Note - You are probably seeing missing links to some pictures above. I still use Notepad to create the html code and have a template with plenty of extra references to pictures to save on typing. As I continue the page I will add pictures and descriptions and these missing links will disappear.