Hugbug's raised wooden goldfish pond

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  1. HugBug

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    So this happened today...

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    (ignore the painting behind the bag, it's a project dh is working on for his studies)

    Got the wood for the basic frame of the pond, 24 x 1m lengths. So it turns out it's going to be a 1x1 instead of 1x1.2m because they didn't have enough 2.4m lengths of wood at the store. It should still work out to about 700L though because I think it will be slightly higher than I originally thought, due to the width of the wood, so I should be able to safely fill to 70cm deep instead of just 60.
    Landed up buying the wood from Timber City instead of Pole Yard because they have an added service available where they will cut the wood to the exact length you need (VS pole yard only being able to cut with a chain saw). Given thst we dont have precision wood-cutting tools this made the decision of where to buy from a no-brainer.

    We still need to go back and buy wood for corner support beams and also the top flat bits, but wanted to first build the basic frame and then work out exactly what sizes etc we need for those other bits.

    Also got woodoc, screws, and a Cordless drill.
    Still need the liner and insulation panels, but will get those later.

    At least now I can finally get started building my pond!
     
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    Please post the design drawings.

    Where are you getting the liner from? I noticed the Centurion stodels branch has it at a good price.
     
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    Awesomeness. I will be following along
     
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    I will post photos along the way. It will likely take a while to build fully.

    I dont really have a design drawing so can't post it unfortunately, but I'm basing off this:

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    As for where to buy the liner from, I haven't gotten that far yet. I was going to first try stodels bellville (I need to buy a planter box for my filtration setup anyway), and if that failed my next stop would be builders warehouse.
     
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    Basically the starting point, with the wood we bought today, will be to make 6 frames (so 6 squares) which will then stack on top of each other to make the basic structure of the pond.

    Once that's done we'll do more measuring and buy the wood to strengthen the corners (which will also then permanently fasten the 6 squares together), as well as the wood to go along the top.
     
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    Following a long to see how this turns out
     
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    This is really going to be an exciting journey. I trust you'll take us all the way through. Can't wait to see the outcome
     
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    Good luck, nice project to do.
     
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    Finally made a start on the pond today. Only got one frame done, but hopefully we can do a bit more tomorrow.

    Phase one of pond build is to build 6 1x1m frames.
    Equipment needed:
    24 x 1m planks
    (we bought eight 3m planks from timber city and got them to cut them all to 1m lengths for us)
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    Screws
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    Cordless drill
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    Here the 2yr old is checking the proposed frame
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    And inspecting the finished frame
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    Omg he's so cute.
     
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    You didn't even show the end result. #banned:lol::lol::lol:
     
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    The last Pic (kid putting blocks on frame) is the end result of yesterday's efforts. We only got the one frame done :lol:

    Hoping to do at least 2 more today, maybe more. Will post pics of them stacked once I have more than just the one and can actually make a stack.
     
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    Ohh haha sorry I thought you had built all 6 of them alreday:lol: Can't wait to see the end results. I have a few questions that need answers:lol::lol:
     
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    Did 3 more this morning.
    It's coming along slowly but surely.
     
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    Past half way now. That's good :thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    4 frames high
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    5 frames stacked together
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    We've decided to leave it at 5 frames high rather than 6 because it feels like a good height how it is now.
    They are still just loosely stacked on top of each other, not joined yet.

    Outside measurements are 1m x 1.04m x 72cm high.
    Inside measurements are 1m x 96cm x 72cm high. The water will be filled to the depth of 4 frames, so a height of 57cm, giving the pond a water volume of approximately 550L.

    Not quite as much water as I would have liked, but still more than double (close to three times actually) the water volume the fish currently have. Plus it will have plants which they don't currently have.
     
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    Full of water by Monday?:lol::lol:
     
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    I wish.
    Still need to buy the liner and figure out the wood for the corners and top.
    Also wondering whether to add insulation between the wood and the liner or just skip that.
     
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