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Project by Jeff Dubofsky posted 03-04-2010 03:52 AM 5525 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a part one of the new fish tank pedestal I made for my oldest son’s fish tank. It’s a torsion box wrapped in walnut. The torsion box is made with 1/2 plywood grid and 1/4 plywood skin on the top and 3/4 plywood skin on the bottom. The walnut is finished with two coats of teak oil and 3 coats satin poly.

Eventually a matching top will made….I’ll post when (IF!) I get the time for it! Thanks for looking!

-- jdubo, Hartland Wisconsin..."See a flaw in my work? Take a (big) step back!"





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#1 posted 03-04-2010 05:43 AM

Looks great! Be sure to use tight bond 3 wood glue for the canopy. Also i was warned by my woodshop teacher that walnut has a chemical that may/maynot leak into the tank (i think he was more concerned because i was building a saltwater tank). So what size tank is that? i built a 5.5G for my MIL (in my project list) and tomorrow i am starting on my 36g bowfront

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#2 posted 03-04-2010 05:42 PM

Thanks Miss G.! I was wondering about the top and how I was going to manage the moisture for the long term. Do you (or anyone else out there) have any suggestions on finish? I don’t want to have a high gloss, so should I use a marine type poly for the underside (tank side) and what I used for the bottom on the exterior? What are the downsides? Any suggestions?

That’s good info on the chemical reaction of the Walnut…if it’s the case what are my options? If I use a different type of wood for the top, I think it would look odd….right? Maybe I could laminate a different, more water resistant wood to the Walnut, mill the finished board to width and do it that way? Seems like a lot of work, but would it work? I’d hate, though, to have a “Chernobyl” like scenario in the tank!! Oh, and it’s a 29 Gallon Tank.

-- jdubo, Hartland Wisconsin..."See a flaw in my work? Take a (big) step back!"

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#3 posted 03-05-2010 05:21 AM

Heya Jeff,

Well again with the tank i built i was building (and am currently building a 36g) a saltwater tank. I am not sure if the chemical reaction is limited to saltwater and walnut, someone with more experience can answer that. I went with Cherrywood. Perhaps you can do the canopy in cherry wood but veneer it with walnut. Or maybe you can design it so it’s mainly cherrywood with some walnut woven into it. another idea is maybe you can install lexan or acrylic on the inside of the canopy… or maybe just a sheet of lexan between the tank rim and the canopy will be suffice. again someone with more experience can answer this better and i know walnut can be done because i have seen canopies with walnut. and it’s not really that the wood isn’t water resistant, it’s just i was told by my teacher than walnut can have chemicals in it that may affect the fish (and since saltwater is so corrosive it was best to play it safe and use cherry wood). freshwater fish are resilient little guys and hard much harder to nuke compared to saltwater fish, IMO

I personally used polyurethane for the inside and out of my little 5.5g, then i used this waterproof reflective metal tape on the inside. I used that because it would reflect the light back into the tank better (important in a saltwater coral tank), and to add another “waterproof” layer between my wood and the water. i also put a layer of lexan between the rim of the tank and the lights. the tank has been running for 2 years with the same fish and corals. no accidents :)

wish i could be more help. Perhaps make a posting in the boards and ask for advice on using the walnut. perhaphs my teacher was being too cautious

-- Please visit my Etsy site, http://www.etsy.com/shop/cgurnham or http://www.christinagurnham.com You can also follow me on my artfire blog: http://www.artfire.com/users/cgurnham/blog

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#4 posted 03-05-2010 09:29 PM

Thanks for the tips…greatly appreciated. Saw yours, and liked the storage area. Great looking piece, and good luck on the 36G. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the end result….

-- jdubo, Hartland Wisconsin..."See a flaw in my work? Take a (big) step back!"

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