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I initially saw your caption that mentioned epoxy in the joints, but I did not scroll down far enough to see your reference to 5 coats on all the wood surfaces.

I was mistaken. Sorry about the error. Your design and execution look fine. Good job!

I would go back and delete my error, but you guys have saved it for posterity by quoting it. So there's not much I can do at this point.
Thanks for the reply....I understand.

I will keep all posted on how it works out.


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Well. I needed a new holding tank, one was stinkin and only 6 gallons, decided to take advantange of available space so I made one. New one holds 14 gallons and still fits in same location as old one

All said and done I had about $110.00 including hose, fittings and materials.

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so far it holds water just fine

This is so awesome!!! I've been recently figuring how to re-arrange all the tankage in my boat and the only things standing in my way right now are the cost of fabricating new stainless water tanks and the time and effort required to design and commission them.

While your tank might give you years of service, and there are some production boats that have wood/glass holding tanks I wouldn't trust my nonexistent epoxy skills to build a tank to hold diesel or poop. Lucky for me, the only tanks I need built (or to build) at this point are water tanks.

If one of them leaks it won't be catastrophic because the water is harmless, I'll have the ship's water supply decided across at least 2 tanks, and the tanks you've shown us are easily repairable!

Nicely done! I have once built a small boat out of plywood and glass, and it successfully kept water out.... so I can probably build something similar to keep water in.

Great idea! Thanks! (this'll also help me get more confident with glass work)

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I wouldn't trust my nonexistent epoxy skills to build a tank to hold diesel or poop. Lucky for me, the only tanks I need built (or to build) at this point are water tanks.

If one of them leaks it won't be catastrophic because the water is harmless, I'll have the ship's water supply decided across at least 2 tanks, and the tanks you've shown us are easily repairable!

Nicely done! I have once built a small boat out of plywood and glass, and it successfully kept water out.... so I can probably build something similar to keep water in.

Great idea! Thanks! (this'll also help me get more confident with glass work)

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There isn't much to working with epoxy. The metering pumps and West Marine make is idiot proof. Five pumps of resin needs five pumps of hardener. If you can count, you can epoxy!
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There isn't much to working with epoxy. The metering pumps and West Marine make is idiot proof. Five pumps of resin needs five pumps of hardener. If you can count, you can epoxy!
I agree, just make sure all surfaces are clean, i kept actetone and wipes handy....good luck


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Also, don't mix up too much at once. It can heat up and you'll get a runaway reaction going.
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Also, don't mix up too much at once. It can heat up and you'll get a runaway reaction going.
Pouring it into a flat pan like a paint tray will slow that down - the more surface area the better.

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Pouring it into a flat pan like a paint tray will slow that down - the more surface area the better.
Agreed, shape of the container can have a big effect.


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For small projects I mix the epoxy in a heavy duty paper dinner plate...the cardboard kind. Great for mixing in fillers and stuff.
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While your tank might give you years of service, and there are some production boats that have wood/glass holding tanks I wouldn't trust my nonexistent epoxy skills to build a tank to hold diesel or poop. Lucky for me, the only tanks I need built (or to build) at this point are water tanks.
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Make sure you source the correct epoxy for water tanks. Standard epoxy like West is not good for potable water.
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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

A two-fer- low-buck swim ladder rungs and low-buck steering gear repair.






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