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Help making a 46g bowfront canopy

Allright guys, I want to make a canopy for my 46g Bowfront. But how would I make the bowed front piece. I was thinking of using a thin laminate and bending it to the shape I needed. Then I was also thinking of getting a 3/4'' board, and cutting slits the full width apporx 3/8'' deep, then soaking it and clamping it into the shape I want. Please, any ideas would be helpfull.
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I would build the back and side frame with a support brace dead center. Then put the appropriately cut bow length piece (maybe a little larger than needed) on the bow. The support brace should give you a focal point to bend the plywood *gently*. I would then tack it with screws on one side and bend it down to the other side. Mark a line on the overlap if you cut the piece a little long. Then take the bow piece off, cut off the extra.

Then screw the whole thing into place. Make sense? One thing that might make it easier to bend is to moisten the wood at the bend point. It would give you some flexibility. It might not be necessary though.

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One thing I forgot to add is that you are going to have an edge that hangs out a little on both sides because of the bow shape meeting both sides of the canopy. I wouldn't worry about this and just sand it flat with coarse sandpaper working up to finer grits for the finished look.

I can't wait to see how this comes out. It is making me itch for a big bow front!

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Nothing really to add, except good luck! I started a canopy for my 46g a couple years back. I was actually pretty proud of the design, but when the front piece didn't bend as perfectly as I wanted (okay...so I'm a bit of a perfectionist!!), I lost steam, and now it sits about 85% complete. I'm sure very few would even notice...but it bugged me.

I'm not much of a wood-worker, but I do like the idea of the slotted wood, assuming you have the tools to do the multiple slots (I'm assuming you are talking top to bottom). That might actually help the wood bend the way you want it to and give it a more uniform curve.

Please do post some photos if you get something you like.

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Allright guys, I want to make a canopy for my 46g Bowfront. But how would I make the bowed front piece. I was thinking of using a thin laminate and bending it to the shape I needed. Then I was also thinking of getting a 3/4'' board, and cutting slits the full width apporx 3/8'' deep, then soaking it and clamping it into the shape I want. Please, any ideas would be helpfull.
1/2" plywood, slots are 1" apart and 3/8" deep.Here are some quick pics......DC















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My solution for my 72g bow was to put doors on the front. So all you need is a frame on the bowed side. I used two 1x10 pine pieces and cut the curve out of it (traced it with the piece resting on the tank top, then cut with a jig saw, routed the edges to make it look pretty).

For the top piece, I left it looking like this: (the teeth part), but for the bottom piece I cut it to about 1" thick so I could get into the tank.

On top of the canopy I used two more pine boards, not attached.

For the doors, I used 1x6 pieces cut and routed, then used curved braces behind them to hold them together.

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https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ph...now-mbuna.html

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Nice alternative, Kevin.

DC - well done! Here's another thread that shows the multiple cuts approach (https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...-question.html ).

Now if I just had the time and the tools ,
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Hmmm. I would be tempted to try this bendable plywood stuff. Unfortunately the best info I can find indicates that it's a type of lauan, which is fine, usually looks pretty decent, but I don't know how that would go with say, oak. Also I'm not sure if it would take a veneer or not if you did want to try to match another wood. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

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Luan is also moisture resistant, I'm going to use it to build a wall unit for my 55g tank. Our house has a lot of original construction with mahogany so it should work out pretty well.
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