42 Gallon Bow Front Stand and Canopy
I've been out the planted tank arena for a bit now due to a lot of travel with a previous job but am now ready start my next project. I just purchased a 46 gallon bowfront to which I have started construction on a diy stand and canopy. The reason I'm going chronicle this because I think I've come up with a unique idea that will turn to be aesthetically pleasing. This may have been done before, but I have been unable to find any plans that simulate what I'm attempting to do. Many of the bowfront stand designs I've come across use a method of cutting smaller wood panels or planks mitered at angles to closely approximate the curvature of the bowed front of the aquarium. The problem being that are still straight pieces of wood and cannot 100% duplicate the front curve of the tank. I going to attempt to match the tank curve in the way the front doors are designed. That being said, the material I'm going to use for the front doors(and to veneer the rest of tank) is an opaque black plexiglass. What I plan to do is to cut wooden support members for the door construction. The support members will be cut with a bandsaw to perfectly replicate the curve of the tank. I will then anchor the plexiglass to the support members by taking advantage the degree of flexibility the plexiglass inherently provides. Provided my cuts are precise the front doors should match the curvature of the tank, giving it a seemless appearence. I have drawn precise plans to make for this piece but won't share quite yet as I imagine they will be subject to minor changes as the work progresses. Obviously, if you don't want a stand/canopy with high- gloss, black finish this concept won't be for you.
Currently, I have just built the internal support structure and are using regular pine 2x4's. The sides, back, upper, and lower bases will be 3/4 in plywood, which will also be veneered with the black plexiglass to give the stand and nice, uniform appearence. At any rate, I've only just begun so we'll what happens.
Stand demensions 37"x18.5"x30"
Here's a couple of pics.... More to come