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Working with recycled timber #70: MC Fish Tank Stand the begining Pt 1

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 07-15-2017 08:57 AM 2518 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 69: Cable Drum Table Making the legs Frame and preparing the Top Part 70 of Working with recycled timber series Part 71: TAG fish tank stand »

One of my family friends asked if I could make them a stand for their fish tank.
Considering my son and I had made one just recently I agreed.

They supplied a picture of what was needed and some dimensions.

Basicly the structure has a cupboard in the center and two open shelves on the ends.
Height 800mm width about 1450 for a top 1500 mm x 500mm.

The tank holds 375 L so its effectively the same in mass or Kgs.

So I checked out what timber I had and there was enough recycled timber to do the job.

A special request was that the door and finish matched the same profile as the other pieces of furniture in the room.

So a sample door was supplied showing the profile and finish required.

Couldnt be too hard so I set to work.
1. First up I examined the door it was a bit more complicated than I thought and by the looks it was made by moulding timber with a Shop Fox or Williams and Hussey both of which I cannot get here in Australia. Boo Hiss!

So I figured out an alternative.

I could used a couple of router bits in my router to produce the same result.

A bull nose bit.

This matched the required profile but the bearing limited the ability to do it all in one piece due to the depth

A Raised Panel bit.

This matched the profile perfectly but again another piece of timber required

A few extra steps involved and I should have it.

This is what the profile looked like dimensional wise.

The profiles and depth prohibited me from doing it wirh one piece of timber so I was committed to having the make the frame and then add the two individual pieces to it.

The timber for the door and structure I already had mainly the remanents of the wooden cable drum I made a table from.

So the Jointing and thicknessing commenced

That wraps up work for today.

-- Regards Robert



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#1 posted 07-15-2017 09:19 AM

Good progress so far….

-- Don't drink and use power tools @ lasercreationsbylarry.com.au

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#2 posted 07-15-2017 03:30 PM

Rob, this is an ambitious undertaking. Thanks for taking us along.

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#3 posted 07-15-2017 07:44 PM

Hi Rob,

Looks like a nice Fish tank stand… except for one thing…
In this picture, there is NOT uniform support for the very HEAVY fish tank…
The main support is in the middle with the tank OVERHANGING it.
Promoting cabinet sagging at each end of the tank eventually causing many problems with the tank & probable leaking across the bottom.

There should be vertical support at each end of the tank as well as in the middle section.

Just my 2 cents….

The construction techniques of the molding using various bits, etc. is very good and COOL!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#4 posted 07-15-2017 10:20 PM

Its Sunday here and raining so no woodwork today, so I was checking the site when I saw your reply Joe.
You have a very valid point with the positioning of the tank and support legs.

(Worth more than 2 cents in my mind!)

I will alert my friend to the issue and see what he considers to rectify the support aspects.
He is actually a structural engineer.
I know we have to put a layer of polysterene under the tank to reduces stresses but that may not be enough.
Four additional legs would be my fix but its not my call yet.

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 07-16-2017 04:41 AM

nice job rob,you did a great job on recreating the look,as far as structural id say judging the pic you look fine,dont stress out I don’t think it will collapse buddy,but hey I’m not an engineer.peace and love my aussie friend.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 07-16-2017 05:25 AM



Its Sunday here and raining so no woodwork today, so I was checking the site when I saw your reply Joe.
You have a very valid point with the positioning of the tank and support legs. (Worth more than 2 cents in my mind!)

I will alert my friend to the issue and see what he considers to rectify the support aspects.
He is actually a structural engineer.
I know we have to put a layer of polysterene under the tank to reduces stresses but that may not be enough.
Four additional legs would be my fix but its not my call yet.

- robscastle

Rob, very good…

Remember, WATER is very heavy!! ... and it’s always there and very consistent.

Now, if the Tank went from Left side to Right side, it would be much better… BUT, not as pictured.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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