There have been many exciting developments with the JCP crew, as the aquarium fir tank stands come together in all their glory with assembly and finishing. As we have been documenting this progress carefully, we thought a photo collection of the details (along with some colour commentary) would be appropriate.
As previously mentioned, we decided to incorporate lap joints and 12" lag bolts into the design for some of the tank stands. These "skookum" stands will be supporting some of the largest aquarium tanks in the finished facility.
Seamus and Jeff carefully router out lap joints for the 6x6 stands. These heavy-duty stands will be supporting the larger acrylic tanks.
A close-up shot of the high-speed router in action!
Once the lap joints were completed, the 6x6 tank stands were ready for assembling and finishing. We used several coats of a thin penetrating epoxy, to ensure that these stands remain strong and beautiful in the damp aquarium environment for many years to come!
An array of beautiful assembled, epoxied, and completed stands built with 6x6 fir
Diana's favourite stand! A prime example of some of the beautiful wood we had the opportunity to work with
(thanks, Maggie Brown!)
With the 6x6 stands completed, our crew was free to tackle the smaller touch tank stands. A different, more kid-friendly
design was crafted for these interactive tanks.
Two lovely flowers arise in the bright dawn, from tall stacks of beautifully crafted touch tank skirts
Getting a close-up look at the critters in the touch tank, as well as our first completed touch tank stand!
Diana & Mia demonstrating the excitement of visiting a touch tank at the new Ucluelet Aquarium
And finally, after all the hard work, a much-needed rest...
The aquarium's founder Phillip does not approve of Seamus taking a time-out on one of the larger 6-legged stands. He does, however, believe that safety comes first!