I have a fishtank with the following dimensions:
Length: 4 ft Depth: 1 ft Height: 1.5ft Total volume: 170l
The tank is fairly hefty glass, and has a flat base (Which means the weight will be evenly distributed across the base, rather than just around the edges).
I want to build a work surface in my kitchen that will hold the fish tank on top (and maybe also have space in front of it to eat breakfast). It will need to be fairly tall to accommodate this. The dimensions I was thinking are:
Length: about the same as the tank, with a slight overlap - i.e. 4ft Height: 3ft Depth: 1.5ft (so tank + 6 inches) or perhaps a little more
I want to be able to fit my bins under the table, and sit at it - hence the height. This height also matches that of the other worktops in my kitchen, so it works well.
I want this to be free-standing - i.e. not attached to the wall. There's a radiator behind it (not ideal for the tank really, but that's the only spare space we have).
Now, I have watched this video: https://youtu.be/wPMn0xXjZF4 which has given me some idea of what I need to do, but I still have a few questions as I don't want that exact design (his height is about right but it's deeper and longer than I need), and this is my first major design project so I need more basic help than he's offering:
- The weight of the tank + water is over 200kg. The video suggests x4 for a live load, so I'm coming up to 1000kg of load all-in. How should I allow for that in my design?
- I don't want the horizontal supports on the bottom of the front edge, as we need potentially to be able to sit with our legs under it. The other three edges can have them though. Obviously I won't clad the front edge either
- What kind of wood / thickness of wood would be appropriate for the legs / supports?
Thank you for any and all advice you can give me for this project.