|Project by April Wilkerson||posted 04-12-2014 07:36 PM||3360 views||12 times favorited||23 comments|
I’ve been silent for a couple of weeks because this latest project really gave me a run for my money! : )
I ran into a free piece of glass with my company’s logo sandblasted into it, when my company was given it as a sample. Once they decided to go with the vendor, they were going to throw away the glass….I thought it was way too cool to let that happen, so I stepped in and took it home. After a few months, I got the idea to turn it into a waterfall.
As you can see, I still need to stain and seal it, but I want to wait until I give it back to my company to see where they will put it and match it to it’s surroundings.
I made the body from 3/4” redoak plywood, and 2×4s for the side arms that hold the glass. I cut in dadoes on both of these 2×4s so the glass is supported.
I put in a ‘shelf’ that is made up of 4 horizontal supports and wire meshing so I wouldn’t have to fill the entire tub up with rocks to get them to the base of the glass. Since these are made from wood and this is a waterfall, I placed them 3” away from the glass so they are not in constant contact with the water.
I have a 140-170 gph pump that has a max lift of 4.1 feet, then used 1/2” flex tubing and PVC to route the plumbing up from the pump and across the glass.
My company’s colors are red and white, so I also wired in two 50 watt LED lights, then purchased a red filter. I had to modify the lights quite a bit in order to get them this way (more details in my tutorial). I originally wanted the lights to be under the top cap, but after my first three options failed, I ended up buying these and mounting them to the back. ....so much for sleekness. : /
What else….Oh! to get the water on the glass, I drill 1/8” holes every 2” across the PVC that is touching the glass.
: D What do you think? Here is a video if you would like to see it in action.
John Heisz has featured this project on his website, so if you would like step by step instructions on how I did it you can find the tutorial I’ve put together here.