First time poster here. Not really good with woodworking, other than very basic things. Much more familiar with things that are powered by gasoline or electricity.
Anyway, I am trying to build a fishtank stand. I found one that I really like and would like to copy its design and finish, however, I can't seem to wrap my mind around it's design.
I played with SketchUp and designed something similar, but after spending a day driving around town looking for materials, I realized that some of the things I thought I could find simply dont exist,
so I have to go back and re-think my design.
This seems like a simple enough build, right? Corner vertical moulding is made out of 2 pieces of birch plywood with a 45 degree rip cut connected into the 90 degree moulding. Top and bottom planks of wood forming the door frame also seem to the cut and assembled the same way. How do you make this connection absolutely seamless? Top moulding that goes all the way around seems to be pre-milled L-shaped, but on the 3rd picture you see that it was made out of regular 3/4" plywood. I understand that you can make this at same way you make that vertical corner moulding, but again, how do you make it seamless? I only see 45 degree cross cuts where top side is connected all around the stand. How do i make a seamless connection between top horisontal side of the moulding and vertical sides? How do I design something like this so no screws/staples visible on the outside? And what kind of finish is this? It looks gorgeous.
Picture worth a 1000 words, so here we go:
Here is design i used. Basically it is a classis fish tank stand design that everyone uses, because it could easily support 750-800 lbs of water and very expensive animals. In my case it wont work for 3 reasons.
1. There is no 2x4's nicely finished. Doug Fur from Home Depot and Dixieline will need alot of work, unless I wrap it in plywood.
2. Too much door overflap with a 2x4 behind it. Won't be able to install those hinges.
3. That L shaped top moulding I was trying to find does not exist. I can have it custom milled out of 2x2 or 3x3, but setup costs are going to drive the price up significantly.
Would anyone please help me with re-design on this thing? The only requirement is ability to support 750-800 lbs.