Love your latest Taunton book, very informative… Now for my engineering-related question, which wasn’t covered:
I wish to build a stand for a ~40-gal aquarium. Nominal stand dimensions would be ~40″ long by ~20″ wide(deep) by ~30″ high. The filled / decorated aquarium would weigh approx 500 pounds. There would be an open shelf and a 2-doored cabinet underneath, for gear, etc.
I am thinking of a 1″ thick solid top, four 2.5″ x 2.5″ square cherry or oak legs, and mortise & tenon rails, with pins, to hold everything together. Then something fancy for the panels in between and doors.
I am concerned with racking – there really cannot be any lateral failure or compromise here. Would a dovetailed-type tenon for the top rails work better in this situation? I would think that it may be a better lock-fit, and stand up better to lateral forces.
What do you think?