Originally Posted by vundercoverdog
So as you can see it's a complicated design but it artistic and i love designing it and would like to bring it to life.
I thought of starting out with a custom base made of plywood aswell as the back and canopy but the two front viewing panels need to be cut to fit the "stair" base. I thought of tempered glass but can't find a place to cut it for me like that. does anyone know where i can get it cut? (i know you can't cut tempered glass but before it goes the tempering process it could be right?)
The stand will be 3'x3'x3'
Canopy will be 3'x3'x2'
Any suggestions on how to build the stand? I thought of using 3x4's
Anyone built something similiar to this?
Cool design, I like the concept of the stepped base along the front. But why not make the whole thing out of High grade acrylic? The steps would be easier, no wood rot and if done correctly the cavity underneath could house equipment like a mini canister filter with in line heater, air pump, etc. The bonus would be that the clear fronts/dark base edges could be welded together (it's glue, but it's kinda like welding metal) and then you wouldn't have an issue with getting the edges absolutely perfect. You could even have the 2 fronts custom cut and formed so it would be seamless at the apex.
As for cutting glass and having it tempered? You could calculate it to .001 and still be off. When they fire the glass for tempering, it changes size and isn't perfect every time, plus it'd cost a bundle to do just 2 pieces. Even more if you wanted seamless.
If you do this, a build thread would be terrific