In between chasing CPHs & keeping clear of snakes....I have made progress on the Elevated Water Tank Project
Thought i would post some photos for comments...good or bad... all comments welcome.
The water tank stand in the photos is only a proof. I will build probably 5 or 6 of these structures to ensure all dimensions are correct, all parts fit correctly, ensure we have the best method of " ease of assembly"....and probably most important of all is that it just looks right.
At this point i take the opportunity to thank Ian Storrie from Ian Lindsay Models fame for his help & support thus far.
The tank which adorns the top of the structure is from his fine range.... I will look at other maker's tanks & designs as time goes along.
From the bottom up... I designed a base with pre spaced & cut holes for the columns. This base is made of MDF & while quite o/k for mock ups...the finished article will probably feature an acrylic base for sturdiness. This base / assembly jig certainly makes construction & alignment very easy.
The concrete footings are laser cut basswood & while they look o/k, I will probably look at getting some castings done with the grout mound etc...time will tell.
The columns & bearer assembly are a one piece affair with a laser line where the columns meet with the underside of the bearers to simulate the join...There are 4 of these assemblies that make up the bulk of the kit...very easy for assembly. Other features are the cutouts in the top surface of the bearer at the correct depth & spacings which allow the joists to be installed accurately & with ease. This design ensures a surprisingly sturdy finished article. While on the bearers & joists... we have captured the chamfered top & rounded bottom of each component end.
So what is left to do... The diagonal bracings will now be fabricated & plumbing investigated...No promises here, but i will explore options for inclusion of this feature.
As much as i have followed departmental plans so far... I will need to modify some things along the way....for example the bearers & joists need to be lengthened to accomodate the tank & allow for the slight overhang beyond the tank.
So there you have it....I will post some more shots throughout the week as mods are applied & bracings are completed.
|One piece column & bearer assembly...|
|Bearer & joist detail....note simulated join between column & bearer...|
|Overview of the stand...sans tank|