great job working with minimal resources; this clearly shows the mind is our most important resource
I was going to give you the idea to maybe mortise a small square and inset a small block to cover up the 90mm bolts a la Greene and Greene, just to hide the hardware. I was searching for a picture to link you when I found this:
I am very inspired by your work! I'm always using the excuse not to build things because I don't have a shop or the proper tools, but I have WAY more "shop" space AND tools then you so now I have ZERO excuse not to build.
I like your design choice, although I'm a little bit leery about your hardware choices. I work in furniture and use those bolt and barrel nut combination for a lot of bunk beds we sell and they like to work loose after a while. But your wood choice is far sturdier than what our bunk beds are made of so it will probably work better then I've seen.
I like your design choice, although I'm a little bit leery about your hardware choices. I work in furniture and use those bolt and barrel nut combination for a lot of bunk beds we sell and they like to work loose after a while.
Thanks, I'll have to keep an eye out to check for potential loosening. The nice thing about this design is that the heads of the bolts will still be accessible on the finished stand, so I should be able to easily tighten them up if I notice them working loose. Also, most of the weight of the aquarium itself will be supported by the wooden joints. Given that the bolts are not really load bearing, hopefully there won't be any catastrophic failures if then work a little loose.
Thanks. I'm certainly not a carpenter, just an amateur woodworker. As my wife puts it, my woodworking specialty is building large wooden boxes and putting fish tanks on them.
No offense but I think your wife needs to re-evaluate you. She is severely underestimating your ability. By no means is that an amateur job. Thats a pro job. Most of us will screw some 2x4's together in an appropriate fashion and call it a day. You have some nice skills there. One can definitely tell your putting some time into it. If you ever sell it, don't settle for low ballers. That's some quality right there.
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Try blue Loctite on those fasteners (can't remember the number). Intended for temporary holding of fasteners over 1/8 or something like that. Should keep them from backing off, but still allow the stand to be disassembled in the future (unlike red). Just as a safety measure. The stand shouldn't see the same types of shifting loads as a bunk bed. Tank stands tend to be static, unlike a kid's bed.
Time for a quick update. Progress has been slow because I got busy with work but I'm pretty close to done. Here's an update on the doors.
Given that the stand is quite a large piece of furniture and is going to be dark brown, I thought that having solid doors would make the whole thing look too dense, dark and overbearing in the room. So I opted to go for lighter doors in the style of shoji screens.
Here's all the wood laid out for one door with pocket holes drilled
Assembling the outer frame of the doors
Assembling the inner lattice (I would have benefited from some additional clamps here)
Fully assembled door
Passing the rigorous kitty inspection
I finished the doors with a couple of coats of dark brown paint and backed them with a layer of sturdy laminated shoji paper
sweet doors and overall build. i've been on a mission in my local lumber yards to source some quality hardwood. Loving the pocket hole idea and looking to bypass the 2x4 build for something more stylistic. were all these pieces cut with a dozuki? I also considered making drawers to neatly pack away some fish foods but figured my build was already overly ambitious being that its a double aquarium stand.