This isn't exactly DIY, but I thought this was still the best place to put it...
I've been wanting a bigger tank for a while now and have been through countless ideas. I thoguht about building my own but after a while decided I just don't have the time, or trust myself enough. So, I have a coffee table and it looks really sturdy. My mums bf made it a while ago and it's pretty chunky and all real wood so I'm guessing it can take a fair weight. It's a glass top with 4" of wood. The terribly drawn picture below shows what I mean. The legs seem really hefty also.
Now, I was thinking bout getting a tank custom made to sit on this table (80g <29"x29"x22">) so it's a sort of cube, a little less high than it is broad/long. I'd sit it in the corner though, so the fish wouldn't be seen wherever they go kinda thing. I never think fish seem entirely comfortable when they're on display on all 4 sides. Whether or not I will actually go ahead with this depends entirely on how much it will cost so there's a fair chance I won't do it as I'm poor :(
Anyway, my question was how will I be able to tell whether or not this table will actually hold the tank? Like I said it seems really sturdy, but I'm not willing to accept "it looks like it would hold therefore it will hold". I was looking for a way to be able to tell for sure.
If anyone has any ideas on how I can work this out it would be really appreciated.