DIY Aquarium + Filter System - Page 2 - The Planted Tank Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 08:41 PM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 138
Awesome idea! The table is going to be tough enough not to crack, and it's not really likely to flex out at the ends, what you really want to do is make sure that wooden back doesn't bow or pull away from the front at the top of the glass, so you want a strong stable connection from the top of the glass at the front (or distributed across the whole top), to the wooden back.

If I were doing it, I'd be tempted to just build the bottom, top, and back out of marine plywood and router out access holes in the top, then rubberize it on the inside.

Use a paper template and router to trace the profile of the glass in the plywood about 1/4" deep basically so when you silicone it, the glass is supported laterally both directions by a wood/silicone sandwich. Same amount of work and double, double and a half the money and you could do it in acrylic instead.

Another much easier and cheaper idea to secure the top of the glass to the back is to use a nylon or galvanized "pallet strap" around the top (cheap if you can borrow the tool, "universal size" and easy to redo if you eff it up). Uglier though.

Neat project, hope you post the pics!
jarvitron is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 08:54 PM
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Posts: 139
Instead of a brace from front to back why not just build a sturdy frame behind the plywood wall? Like a square around the edge with 2x4's with an x pattern crossing the square (hard to explain whats in my head and i dont have paint on this computer) 2x4's are strong though and seeing as how it'd be on the back panel it wouldn't be visible and you'd get a lot of strength then secure your stainless L pieces to the 2x4's to ensure its all sturdy in the right places.

Also if you are looking for ideas or motivation check out a lot of the big cichlid websites. Those guys have been making DIY plywood tanks forever and have come up with some amazing ideas.
AdamC13 is offline  
post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-18-2013, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by AdamC13 View Post
Instead of a brace from front to back why not just build a sturdy frame behind the plywood wall? Like a square around the edge with 2x4's with an x pattern crossing the square (hard to explain whats in my head and i dont have paint on this computer) 2x4's are strong though and seeing as how it'd be on the back panel it wouldn't be visible and you'd get a lot of strength then secure your stainless L pieces to the 2x4's to ensure its all sturdy in the right places.

Also if you are looking for ideas or motivation check out a lot of the big cichlid websites. Those guys have been making DIY plywood tanks forever and have come up with some amazing ideas.
That's what i'm planning to do.. =) the frame is going to be invisible. I like subtlety
alba88 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome