Glass Waterfall

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Project by April Wilkerson posted 04-12-2014 07:36 PM 4521 views 12 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been silent for a couple of weeks because this latest project really gave me a run for my money! : )

I ran into a free piece of glass with my company’s logo sandblasted into it, when my company was given it as a sample. Once they decided to go with the vendor, they were going to throw away the glass….I thought it was way too cool to let that happen, so I stepped in and took it home. After a few months, I got the idea to turn it into a waterfall.

As you can see, I still need to stain and seal it, but I want to wait until I give it back to my company to see where they will put it and match it to it’s surroundings.

I made the body from 3/4” redoak plywood, and 2×4s for the side arms that hold the glass. I cut in dadoes on both of these 2×4s so the glass is supported.

I put in a ‘shelf’ that is made up of 4 horizontal supports and wire meshing so I wouldn’t have to fill the entire tub up with rocks to get them to the base of the glass. Since these are made from wood and this is a waterfall, I placed them 3” away from the glass so they are not in constant contact with the water.

I have a 140-170 gph pump that has a max lift of 4.1 feet, then used 1/2” flex tubing and PVC to route the plumbing up from the pump and across the glass.

My company’s colors are red and white, so I also wired in two 50 watt LED lights, then purchased a red filter. I had to modify the lights quite a bit in order to get them this way (more details in my tutorial). I originally wanted the lights to be under the top cap, but after my first three options failed, I ended up buying these and mounting them to the back. much for sleekness. : /

What else….Oh! to get the water on the glass, I drill 1/8” holes every 2” across the PVC that is touching the glass.

: D What do you think? Here is a video if you would like to see it in action.

John Heisz has featured this project on his website, so if you would like step by step instructions on how I did it you can find the tutorial I’ve put together here.

-- Wilkerson

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#1 posted 04-12-2014 08:13 PM

Very creative and very impressive. Excellent job!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#2 posted 04-12-2014 10:23 PM

Very cool. Liked the video.

Now what are you going to do with it? Where are you going to put it? In the bathroom? lol

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 04-12-2014 10:24 PM

Very cool project. You have inspired me to do something like this in my next remodel project.

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#4 posted 04-12-2014 11:05 PM

just saw your youtube video
Really cool prodject like the use of the otherwise trashed glass this seems like a fun project to do one day
Did you use the new saw with this build? And as Tyvekboy mentioned what are you going to do with it
Thanks for sharing:)

-- Anthony--

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#5 posted 04-12-2014 11:15 PM

: D Glad y’all like it. I worked really hard.

I am going to be giving it to my company. It’s a surprise though, so I’m trying to figure out how I want to do it. Our office is comprised of four buildings, so there is plenty of lobby space and/or conference room space for it to go and be seen.

I’m excited about it. We are a small privately owned company that is more like a family where everybody knows everybody.

Anthony: Yep, first project using my SawStop and it is unbelievable!

-- Wilkerson

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#6 posted 04-12-2014 11:56 PM

That’s a nice way to give back, I’m sure they will love it!!
So Glad to hear you like the saw, the more you use it the more you will fall in love with it.

-- Anthony--

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#7 posted 04-13-2014 12:34 AM

i have been playing with the west system 2 part epoxy lately, seals wood fish tanks solid if you are looking for something that will seal your project. bonus is the wood will look like its wet all the time if you use the clear stuff.

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#8 posted 04-13-2014 12:53 AM

Great looking waterfall, and very nice of you to donate it back to your company! You should take a photo of it in its new home.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 04-13-2014 01:03 AM

Nice work! As shields71 mentioned, Ive used the west epoxy also, it is really easy to use, kind of expensive though, you could probably find cheaper epoxy from a fiberglass products distributor down there. In Calgary I get mine from Industrial Paints and Plastic.

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#10 posted 04-13-2014 01:05 AM

April, you have set the bar a bit higher for sure. Great job on a very creative project.
As Dean said, photo’s from it’s new home are a must …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#11 posted 04-13-2014 01:11 AM

i have used the west system and the knock off east system which is about a third off the price of west system , if i was in the states too i would be looking at the cheap knock off stuff that glen-l marine is shipping out

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April Wilkerson

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#12 posted 04-13-2014 01:22 AM

Wow, thank you guys so much for the advice on this epoxy. I have never heard of it and was going to use Spar Poly to seal the project. Is this epoxy ok to over over stain?

Thanks also, for the tip about the knock off being ok to use shields71.

I will post more pictures once the fountain finds a home and I have finished staining/sealing it.

-- Wilkerson

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#13 posted 04-13-2014 01:32 AM

the flower box here is just cedar fence boards covered in east system clear epoxy

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#14 posted 04-13-2014 01:46 AM

That’s a very cool project April. Very creative.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#15 posted 04-13-2014 03:29 AM

Wow, that is awesome, and very cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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