Fish Tank Stand in Oak

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Project by FloridaArt posted 02-01-2015 10:11 PM 1311 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

January, 2015—The challenge was to make a stand to support a 50-gallon aquarium with a bowed front. The curved front added significantly to the time required to get this project done. However it was time well spent to get the result. Building this project was a team effort, in partnership with my new woodworking buddy, “Sawdust Edison” who will be moving over to his house to put on the stain and final finish.

The oak came from the big-box stores. The panels are 1/4-inch oak plywood. The shelf inside was made from ordinary 3/4-inch plywood, which was painted black and given oak trim. The floor is made in multiple drop-in panels to allow easy removal or adjustment to accommodate electric cords to power pumps. Almost all the joinery was accomplished with the Kreg pocket hole system.

As shown in these photos there is no top. Edison plans to add a granite top, which will really finish it off nicely, and also protect the wood from any small water spills. The bottle of wine in the photo is only for scale. Perhaps after the fish hobby runs its course, Edison will use it as a bar. So we finished the back nicely and also put this cabinet on heavy duty casters. There are six wheels, each with a 200-pound capacity. Should be no problem for 50-gallons of water or a cabinet full of wines and spirits. :-)

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 02-01-2015 10:20 PM

That is mighty fine Art. I like the wine and spirits idea better. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 02-02-2015 02:25 AM

Looks great Art.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 02-02-2015 04:04 AM

WOW real nice job. How did you two curve the front rails with steam?

-- dale

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#4 posted 02-02-2015 10:35 AM

No steam used. The skirt in front that hides the wheels was back-cut with vertical slots so help the oak bend.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#5 posted 02-02-2015 07:30 PM

Nicely done. Very clean. I really like the curved look.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#6 posted 02-03-2015 07:20 AM

Looks good Art, not sure if fish drink wine but great place to store it though, if all else fails Edison can get drunk while staining it.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#7 posted 02-04-2015 05:22 PM

Nicely done Art! Are you going to add a picture here once the granite top is installed?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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