Greenhouse completion

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Project by threehands posted 10-01-2009 11:47 AM 4431 views 16 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So much for the growing season. I have totally finished my greenhouse. It is small, only 8’ x 7’ but was cheap to make since the only thing I had to purchase was the treated lumber and plywood. I also had some problems with the city….They required a permit {Until I changed the original design, which was bigger and required a rat wall}. My design change included, of course the size smaller, but a bottom which is mobile. I set the 6×6 rail like a sled design, so no rat wall was needed. HA! I beat the city for a change.
Anyhow, years ago I worked at a glass company who was throwing away a pallet of the same size tempered glass with tiny “seeds” in it so I was allowed to take some. The bottom exterior rock (sand and limestone) I collected from another place I dabble at when turning large stone columns. I put in benches and automatic wax piston louvers (from Charleys greenhouse- company plug) for the roof ventilation. because of its size, or lack thereof, I made a fold down work bench to pot my plants. On the bottom half where the plywood is, I used the 2” pink insulation between the studs and then put thinset to cover it making what I believe to be a vapor barrier. I had the front door from another project as well as some steel which I cut out for the top of the roof pattern to give it some old world charm. The glass was set into a rabbit on each side of the 2×4s. GO AHEAD NEIGHBOR KIDS-THROW SOME STONES- TEMPERED GLASS DOESN’T BREAK THAT EASY.
I am so looking forward to growing some maters’ to eat during the cold months here in Michigan. I will have to monitor the temperature inside this winter to see if I would need to put in any heat. The entire project to build was about a month. To design was over a year…..
If there are others out there who are interested, talk to a large glass company who keeps inventorying the same dust covered pallet of glass and make them an offer, your then on your way. If you need technical help I will see what I can do for you.

-- Three Hands- It's better to burn out..than to fade away. Stonecutter, copper, Offical putzer, proprieter of not making a profit (non-profit) woodworking shop, and possibly mental wizard

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#1 posted 10-01-2009 12:20 PM

first, I think it is beautiful. Secondly – very functional and third—beat the city? Priceless :D

I look forward to hearing about your gardening successes. I’m sure you will be sharing the process with us over at GardenTenders

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 10-01-2009 12:24 PM

Very impressive, I’ve dreamed of making a greenhouse but can’t seem to get going on it. Maybe in the spring? or maybe next fall?,, probably never but yours is an inspiration.

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#3 posted 10-01-2009 01:04 PM

nice project!

-- Jeff, Fargo, ND

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#4 posted 10-01-2009 01:24 PM

Gagagagaga!!! Drool! I love it! I also hope you post your ‘maters and how well you do over in GT…

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#5 posted 10-01-2009 01:34 PM

Thats nice, love the design and what a treat to have. Think of all the money you save by growing your own veggies and flowers not to mention the satisfaction of growing your own.

I am also making a greenhouse and if it looks half as nice as yours it will look pretty darn good.

I’ld love to see a picture of that overhang above the door?

What do you mean when you say “Turning large stone columns?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 10-01-2009 03:12 PM

THANKS EVERYONE. Appreciate the feedback. Roman. Above the door is a curved overhang with cedar singles I had left over and a point.
this is a side photo.

Regards to the stone column. I turn sandstone and limestone columns on a huge lathe for a friend who has a stone business when he has the extra work. Kind of a weird job I fell into…

-- Three Hands- It's better to burn out..than to fade away. Stonecutter, copper, Offical putzer, proprieter of not making a profit (non-profit) woodworking shop, and possibly mental wizard

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#7 posted 10-01-2009 03:36 PM

What a great looking greenhouse.I love it.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#8 posted 10-01-2009 03:46 PM

Hey fellow Michigander! Very cool greenhouse! My wife has wanted me to build one for years now. Maybe next year.

Great job and stay warm this winter, I have a feeling it will be an extra cold one.

-- Dennis,!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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#9 posted 10-01-2009 04:02 PM

looks great! this is something I would love to make one day. thanks for the inspiration

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 10-01-2009 05:12 PM

Great Lookin Green House

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 10-01-2009 05:20 PM

Way beyond the average beautiful, Well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 10-01-2009 05:50 PM

Very nice looking greenhouse. My wife has been asking for one for years and I’ll definitelly come back to your images to get ideas. Again very nice looking.

-- Homers / Murphy, TX

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#13 posted 10-01-2009 06:53 PM

Very nice design, I have always wanted to build a green house.
Have you considered temperature controlled hinges. They are gas filled hinges, as the temperature in the green house warms or cools the gas in the hinge expands or contracts openening or closing the vent. Essentially, you set the hinge temerature and you have a rudimentry greeenhouse thermostat.
I do’t know much about wax piston louvres so perhaps they are the same thing.

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#14 posted 10-01-2009 07:38 PM

Great design and execution.
I doubt you will get “winter” tomatoes unless you provide a lot of heat and extra hours of light but you should be able to grow some winter greens , lettuce, spinach and such, and get your summer plantings off to a good head start in the spring.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#15 posted 10-01-2009 10:40 PM

I would love something like this but neither myself or my wife is into it so in the end it would be a shed. Love the building but no green thumbs in our family so I can’t try it.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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