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    Building a stand for a bowfront?

    Has anyone ever built a stand for a bowfront? Iíve never built one before, and I feel like the bow area would need more support than a regular tank? (46 gal bowfront) Any ideas(or step by steps) would be appreciated


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    Box brace it to the point of bowing on the sides and box the front.

    Then bend a board (read: anything 1" or less in thickness) with either a sized shim or "furring strip" at the middle, or the middle and quarters.

    Methods for bending boards vary. Some softer woods do not need any treatment, but others need either steaming or smoking in a bending box.

    Some lumber yards can provide this service for you.

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    Moderator 2000 posts, Star SCAPEr Nick Shades's Avatar
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    This is a not so elegant approach to making a support board without the use of a steam/smoke box.


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    I built a tank top for a 170 gal bow front a few years ago. I made it out of 3/4" x 8" oak that was 6+' long. I used a circular saw and cut kerfs 1 inch apart about half way through the back side of the oak all the way across.
    Google "kerf bending" and you'll find pictures and videos of how to do it.

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    Awesome! Thanks guys. Thisíll probably be a big project thatíll have to be done when I have the tools and time lol


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