|Project by RS Woodworks||posted 06-10-2012 05:21 PM||2888 views||2 times favorited||2 comments|
I may have mentioned in the past that one of my other hobbies is fish keeping. Specifically, two species of African cichlids. I keep Cyphotilapia Gibberosa (Frontosa) from the Mpimbwe region of lake Tanganyika in a 180 gallon tank, and in this new 75 gallon tank I keep Tropheus Moorii red from the Kachese region of the same lake.
I build this stand and designed it with several key features. First and foremost, it has to be strong. A 75 gallon tank filled with sand and water weighs almost 800 pounds. The substructure is made of 2×6 fir vertical posts and 3 layers of 1/2” baltic birch plywood to make the cross beams. I used 5/8” dark cherry melamine to face the structure, and then solid Peruvian walnut to edge the melamine, add trim, and make solid frame doors.
I decided to try some power carving on this project as previously suggested to me by Rob Brown. I wanted a simple design that reflects the waves of water as well as the shapes of fish, depending on your interpretation. The power carving was easily done with 60 grit paper on my random orbit sander. The Peruvian walnut is quite soft, so it went quickly. The trim is not thick so I didn’t have to remove much material. I ensured that the lines carried over from the doors to the trim of the stand.
Thanks for looking and as always, I look forward to your comments, critique, and questions!
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