- Rip one of the three pieces that were set aside into two pieces of 1” x 5”.
the two pieces of 1” x 10” in the centre of the upper layer and the two
pieces of 1” x 5” on the edges. This overlaps the joints on the upper
layer to prevent warping.
- Glue edges together and clamp.
- Temporarily fasten the lower layer to the upper layer with screws.
- Centre the tabletop over the tank and trace around the tank edge from underneath.
- Turn the tabletop over. Measure and mark 2” outside the original traced line to create the outside edge.
- Measure and mark 2” inside the original traced line.
- Use a jig saw to cut around the outside edge.
- Separate the two layers.
the lower layer, cut the original traced line and then cut the line
marked 2” inside the original traced line. This creates the channel for
the tabletop to sit on the tank.
- Sand all edges. Glue and screw the upper layer to the lower layer.
- Router for a rounded outside edge. Finish as desired.
Tip for the rounded ends:
the centres of the rounded ends on the traced tank line. Place a screw
at each centre and tie a pencil to the screw with a length of string set
2” larger for the upper layer and 2” smaller for the lower layer.