|Project by Sawdustmaker||posted 03-03-2008 07:32 PM||11199 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
Although this is one of my older projects, it took me a good chunk of time to produce it. After deciding to purchase a salt water tank, I started looking at tanks and stands. The tank I ended up purchasing was a 72 gallon bow front. The stand that was available with it looked to be press board and there was the whole idea of placing hundreds of pounds on top of something that did not look strong enough to hold my weight. I built (some might say overbuilt) a sub frame to carry the weight with salt treated 4×4’s for the uprights and salt treated 2×4’s for the cross members. I rabbeted the 4×4’s then bolted and glued them to the 2×4’s. The tank and the sump sit on 3/4” furniture grade oak plywood with 5 coats of spar varnish. I set the tank on a large piece of cardboard and traced out the outline of the tank. I also used the same ark to design the cross members for the doors to continue the profile of the tank. All of the individual 1×3 oak stays on the outside are screwed with stainless steel screws and glued from the rear. I added some rope molding to give it a nautical look and here it is.
-- Brian, Virginia Beach