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Blog entry by mafe posted 1606 days ago 2689 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When your garden are app. 6×4 meters, a greenhouse can be a challange…
So I had put this idea away – untill one day I drove my car, and some one had put on the street some old windows for trash. The windows were put on the back seat, and then in my little garden, so I could think.
Some thoughts later (weeks acually), I was ready to sketch, and the idea of a greentower was born.

drawing

And yes, the idea only…, so now it was time to buy some wood, cut it up in the sizes needed, and figure out a way to put the thing together.

resizewood

I used my Festool CMS with the Panther blade, for the cutting of the long cuts, and found it cutting like a good knife in warm butter, so it was done fast (previous I have used a 42 tooth blade, and this was not the thing for the job), so one lesson learned so fare.

woody1

Wood and windows ready (notise that during the project, my workshop also slowly change, it takes form, as I find out what and where it’s needed).
My new (old) planes arrived, so I used ofcourse these to plan the wod at the end, and I completelt fell in love with the old Stanley no 3, and the little 60,5 degree blockplane also, can see now, that these two are going to be some close friends.

cutup

Cutting into lenght and in angel are like nothing on my new MFT3 table (Festool), once the table was setup, it was a pleasure, to be able to always cut straight and precise cuts.

cuts

Test fitting, all seems to be fine, so I belive my idea seems to work.

woodyup

Essembly can begin:
I choose to just screw it together with ‘hidden’ screws, and fill the wholes with ‘plastic wood’.
The idea is that there are a gap, where I can put in a ‘shelf’ after in the buttom, so the buttom will be easy to replace, and to clean.

woody2

Skelletton are up, and the tower starts to come to life.

woody3

Checking the fit of the windows, I choose to put them on the frames, and not in the frames, since I will like the tower to stay in the old patina, and look like it has been used for many years when it’s done.
And also I wish that it shall look as slim as possible.

woodywhat

Drawing the roof:
This was a real pleasure, for years I have been using Autocad to do things like this, but in my retro mood, I desided to draw, and construct the angels, so I had to find my old geometri skills, and dust them off. And I even tryed to give the drawing a little life, just for my own pleasure. This was ofcourse done with a good cup of espresso, and my favorite tobacco in the old pipe.

morespace

Time to cut some plywood:
Since my workshop are so small, I desided to set up a little cutting ‘station’ in the hallway, this was fine, and because of the shop wac, there were almost no cleanup after.

roof

The roof has come together, the cuts were dead sharp, so I could just clamp it up on the table, and put it together with glue, and a nail gun.
The tracks in the wood dont serve any purpose, it was just the plywood that I had in the basement.

tower

First try!
I covered the roof with shingles (I think it’s called), this gave it a ‘old’ look, and then gave it a good cover of bitumen with a brush, so it looked like ‘the good old days’.
The frame got some dark brown wood protection, the type that are sucking into the wood for protection, and leaves the wood visible.
I had originally choosen a different location in the garden, but realized this place will be optimal for sun.

allmostthere

Windows finally mounted (my daughter on the staircase);
So now it’s almost there, windows came in, two that can open, two are just screwed in place.
The one window will be the ‘door’ and will be for using the tower.
I decided to put in a stone base instad of ‘legs’ since it made it look more solid, and also I can use the heat from the stones for the plants at night.
A glass guy came by to fix my naighbours broken window, and he agreed to make me my two missing glasses for just 10 buck, so it was wonderful.

theopener

The other is for ventilation, and I fitted this window with a automatic opener, that opens up when the temperature gets to high.

Now I need to do some shelfs, the buttom, a little detail on the top, and find a solution for the automatic water system…
The seeds are made in the livingroom, so now the summer will be welcome here.
I’ll post again, when I start making the final details.

outsidegreentower

insidegreentower

I added some loose shelfs, this allows me to remove single bords as the plats grows bigger.
So the tower are finally done, and little plants are growing bigger now in the cold Danish spring.
When the summer comes, I will let it be for tomatoes only.
Tomatotower2010done.

I wish all a nice summer.
The best of thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



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DaddyZ

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#1 posted 1606 days ago

Pictures ?

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 1606 days ago

looking little thin that drawing :—))
or you shuold change developer
in the darkroom LoL

Dennis

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mmh

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#3 posted 1606 days ago

Hey, no fair in teasing us with a good idea and no photos!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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mafe

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#4 posted 1606 days ago

I laugh… I try and fight with some pictures to be uploaded…

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 1606 days ago

looking good so fare Mads

Dennis

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mafe

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#6 posted 1606 days ago

So it’s done, the tour de Greentour are there for now.
After some posting troubles, I finally figured it out…
Hope it can be usefull.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 1606 days ago

aaah now you are moving
looks realy niiice
a great idea for the small
terrace/porch/garden

Dennis

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Jason

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#8 posted 1605 days ago

looks good mafe.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#9 posted 1605 days ago

A great result and a very good and creative idea. I would like one in my garden. A very enjoyable blog on the build too. Your workbench continues to fascinate me. It looks very high-tech and practicable, and I also liked your table for mounting your circle saw. Keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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mafe

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#10 posted 1605 days ago

Hi Stefang,
It’s a Festool MFT3, and yes its hightec, and low tec in one… It’s so easy to clamp things up, and a good big surface to work on. The draw back are that it is a leightweight bench, made for beeing used on the go – I solved this by making a shelf under it, and to store all my heavy power toolboxes there, so now its completely steady. (I bought this for my new workshop, as a kind of retirement present for my self, since I had no workbench).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_VC8m42T8k

The table saw are Festool also, a ts55, and the cms module and table, it exist as a model that you attach to the table, but mine are a seperate, it’s called Festool CMS system, it’s brilliant, but very expensive.
(My x-girlfriend gave me the set as a gift, so you can imagine how I was happy that christmas).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zpAKpw_aZc&feature=PlayList&p=2FC1FC10AA77EB57&playnext_from=PL&index=4&playnext=3
http://www.festool.co.uk/images/download_press/cms_2007-05_gw.pdf
Here are a Norwegian dealer:
http://www.motek.no/wsp/motekweb/frontend.cgi?func=frontend.show&template=m_cat_levels&nodeid=89869&category=06 Festool

Recently I also bought the 1010 router (had a good offer), I’m working on making my own module for the CMS for this:
http://www.festool.co.uk/images/download_press/of1010_2007-08-gw_p79.pdf

It’s all expensive stuff, but it’s wonderful, especially for a tooloholic…
Now you have something to look at,
and no I don’t work for Festool…
The best thoughts I have:
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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stefang

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#11 posted 1598 days ago

Thanks Mads. Festtool has a lot of very interesting stuff. I especially liked the way a copying ring could be attached directly to the table. I am tempted to try this out on my router table. Unfortunately I’m about at the end of my major tool buying days. I have pretty much everything I need now, and no space for anything new. However, I do get a lot of ideas for modifications to my existing set-up from see new types of tools and fixtures.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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jroot

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#12 posted 950 days ago

Neat idea, and good recycling. How did the greenhouse tower work out for you? Is there anything that you would do differently, if you had to do it again?

-- jroot

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mafe

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#13 posted 950 days ago

jroot, it works really fine.
I put a automatic windowopener on one window and this keeps it from overheating.
I will like to make a water system, but otherwise I have no improvements that I want to make.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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