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ThinkTank 07-11-2012 03:13 PM

Wood container ponds?
 
Has anyone here built a raised wood framed container pond? I found a DIY for a small one only, but i'd like something bigger. I'm not sure how scalable this is due to the water pressure.

I'd like to make one about 18" x 30" and 20-24" deep. I'm not much of a DIY guy, but I can build a box and put a liner in it. Just wondering how it would hold up.

xenxes 07-11-2012 03:14 PM

Whiskey / wine barrel pond? http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...82#post1734782

ThinkTank 07-11-2012 03:20 PM

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Originally Posted by xenxes (Post 1938373)

Thats plan B (and probably what i'll end up doing). But I saw this: http://www.pondjournals.com/2011/09/...-a-wooden-box/ -
And was wondering if I could go a little bigger.

xenxes 07-11-2012 03:26 PM

Wow. I want it! Very zen.

DIY instructions: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/landsca...pond-in-a-box/ It's double boxed and secured with bandings. If you go larger just secure more. Most of the water pressure will be pushing out from near the top rim. How large are you going?

You have to sign up for a stupid newsletter to acccess it tho. Oh the fish should get there today, all the other packages I sent out are out for delivery, yours hasn't updated for some reason :/

ThinkTank 07-11-2012 03:42 PM

18" x 30" and 20-24" deep...or something like that.

I noticed it hadn't updated also. Making me a little nervous. I'll know in the next couple hours. Keeping my fingers crossed.

xenxes 07-11-2012 04:00 PM

That sounds reasonable. Metal banding is the key, maybe 3-band it just to be on the safe side. If you do it, document the DIY so I can copy cat :P

Ulupica 07-11-2012 04:08 PM

Depending on the weather where you are you could always take a 40 gallon breeder (or other tank to your liking) and frame it all around with wood paneling or boards of some sort. It would be watertight and the wooden box around it would look nice.

xenxes 07-11-2012 07:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Ulupica (Post 1938442)
Depending on the weather where you are you could always take a 40 gallon breeder (or other tank to your liking) and frame it all around with wood paneling or boards of some sort. It would be watertight and the wooden box around it would look nice.

Yeah or get a huge rubber maid container and pile cinderblocks around it, or wood :) and some plants to hide it

rocksmom 07-11-2012 07:22 PM

My husband and I made a wooden pond. It's 4'x4' and 2' deep. We basically made a box from boards, lined it with OSB, painted the inside with drylok (optional, just added protection, and then lined it. We also sprayed the outside with water seal and sat it on pavers to protect it from moisture.

DogFish 07-11-2012 07:43 PM

On any water holding rectangle or square the pressure with be strongest 1/3 and in the middle of the walls. Something I learned reseaching my rimless DIY build last year. i would build my box from 2x4"s building in support @ 1/3 from the bottom and 2/3 up. Then line the inside with 3/4" plywood using wood glue on edges and all wood to wood contact areas. Then skin the outside with 3/4" plywood. Screw the box together.

You could line it with a pond liner or saving an old swimming pool liner on trash day. There's also rubber tank, research Plywood tanks for brand names. Thatr is basically what your building Minus the window.

Material estimates $125 to $150 for the build without a liner. Two sheets of 3/4" your at $90 already plywood.

Maybe consider a Stock tank from a farm supply most are at least 100gl. Then just burry it or build around it with landscape timber of stone blocks.

OR just do this:

http://i541.photobucket.com/albums/g...526_164251.jpg

ThinkTank 07-11-2012 08:51 PM

A rubbermaid container or stock tank seems simplest. Don't need to worry about the water pressure that way. I'm thinking I could build a frame around the tank and add an overlapping lip around the top edge to hide the sides of the tank.
I have some hardwood flooring left over from an interior project. I could skin the frame with this.
If I make it without a bottom, I could just drop it over whatever I use for a tank. Starting to sound very doable.

I appreciate the input everyone!

ThinkTank 07-12-2012 03:23 PM

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I started putting something together. Trying to use all the scrap wood I have laying around.
This is what i've gotten done so far. I laid out the flooring pieces but need to pick up some trim before I cut and attach it.

DogFish 07-12-2012 05:48 PM

Oak Hardwood floor? This will be nice enough to go in your house. :hihi:

Your "scrape" is way nicer than my scrape lumber. I built some Bonsai training boxes from old pallets.

ThinkTank 07-12-2012 07:37 PM

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Originally Posted by DogFish (Post 1940114)
Oak Hardwood floor? This will be nice enough to go in your house. :hihi:

Your "scrape" is way nicer than my scrape lumber. I built some Bonsai training boxes from old pallets.

:) I had one open bundle and a small pile of cut ends left over from having a floor redone. I have just enough long pieces to do the front. I'll have to use mostly scraps for the sides and the back will be open.

DogFish 07-12-2012 07:45 PM

Thought you might like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhHKG...eature=related

Neat build idea....Boring narration.


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