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Old 07-11-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:14 PM   #2
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Whiskey / wine barrel pond? http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...82#post1734782
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:20 PM   #3
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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.
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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 :/
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:22 PM   #9
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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.
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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:

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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!
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Old 07-12-2012, 03:23 PM   #12
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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.
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Oak Hardwood floor? This will be nice enough to go in your house.

Your "scrape" is way nicer than my scrape lumber. I built some Bonsai training boxes from old pallets.
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Oak Hardwood floor? This will be nice enough to go in your house.

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.
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:45 PM   #15
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Thought you might like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhHKG...eature=related

Neat build idea....Boring narration.
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