Greentower / greenhouse (Recycle of old windows)

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Greentower / greenhouse.
Recycle of old windows.

I’m right now in the Caribbean on Sankt. Croix, invited by a friend who have hotels here (I’m lucky – extremely).
In Copenhagen they have snow now, when I left last week it was still just late fall.
So I thought it was time to post a positive warm project that I have forgotten to post.

When your garden is app. 6×4 meters, a greenhouse can be a challenge…
So I had put this idea away – until one day I drove my car, and someone 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 actually), I was ready to sketch, and the idea of a greentower was born.

The little guy is my stephson Noe.

You can read more in the blog.

Hope this can be to some inspiration, perhaps even some tomatoes,

Best thoughts,


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

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 07:44 PM

Great Mad’s
Fresh tomatoes.
I is also like a phone booth.
I like it very much.
It is frozen here in Sunny Scotland. :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 07:46 PM

Woodworking, Recycling and Gardening! The perfect combination!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 07:48 PM

Great idea, I need a greenhouse, now all I have to do is locate the right windows, your tomatoes were
looking good. Did you get a lot of ripe ones, or did you have to go with fried green tomatoes. Thank you
for letting us now that you are enjoying the sun tan while I am busy shoveling and plowing snow. Now that I
have enough snow to ski, it warms up to 30 degrees and I can not find my warm snow ski wax. Guess I
will go play in the workshop. Thank you for the warm thoughts and sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 07:53 PM

That’s a pretty cool greenhouse, Mads. You always did know how to use material wisely. My brother and I once bought 3 truck loads of nice tempered glass at a real bargain from a place that closed down. You would have had a ball with all of that being an architect and all. I think we pretty much got rid of most of it. So you’re down in the islands. Hey I’ll bet you’re having the time of your life. I’ll be a thinking about you down there in all of that sunshine. Have some great fun while you are there. :)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 11-28-2010 08:07 PM

Which came first, woodworking or recycling? To me, each woodworking project involving recycled items has a plus value in my heart. I like the idea of such tall and narrow greenhouse since since it does not take much garden space. Thanks again for sharing this other good use of recycled items.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#6 posted 11-28-2010 09:36 PM

Neat idea, Mads. I suppose if you had small plants you could always put glass shelves in it as well.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 11-28-2010 09:59 PM

Mafe , Great work and re-using items is great. I just did a project and was determined only to use what was in the shop. It made it more difficult but kinda fun. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 11-29-2010 01:41 AM

This would be a good one to post over at GardenTenders.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#9 posted 11-29-2010 03:15 AM

Very nice greenhouse. Reminds me of a crappy similar one I had made like ten years ago, with carboard tubing and MDF panels, for my 0×0 m garden in my former appartment :)

Enjoy your time in the warm carribean! We’re freezing here in Europe.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#10 posted 11-29-2010 03:55 AM

Excellent idea Mafe!
I am glad you are taking some time off on the island.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 12-02-2010 03:33 AM

Mads, I am a grower myself, I have greenhouses, but this looks really great. I might have to hire you to help me expand my facility. Oh, and bring your helper too.

Thanks for the post.

Be well, Pabull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#12 posted 12-03-2010 12:02 AM

I am going totally workshop in my head since i didnt see the this before…Its really nice and belive me course i have seen it irl.

I am so lucky that Mafe gave me 4 windows just like them we see here so i can build one for my “Lise” :)

Thanks again Mads,and now i am looking really forward to taste some of your exelent coffee :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#13 posted 12-03-2010 11:01 AM

Hi I’m back again, but now in Paris…
Napoleon, yes you will have a wonderful little green tower for your Lise this spring. Yes we will have some coffee soon.
Pa, Nothing like creating I guess, ands when we can create a house to create our own food it’s a wonderful feeling. I smile!
Ian, merci!
Sodabowski, I’m in Paris! I’ll send you a PM, perhaps a beer will be a posibility!
Ron, yes that might be a idea.
Ken, yes thats always extra fun. What did YOU make?
Martyn, I did make some loose board shelfs, soe that the plants can grow up and I can slowly remove as they grow, and it worked just fine.
Brico, my next one will be a toolshed in same design, this will safe space also in my little garden.
helluvawreck, you are wonderful! Only you could buy that much glass. Yes Saint Croix was just wonderful!
Gus, it was a mix, some green that had to get red in the warmth of the kitchen, and some red in the greenhouse, but they were wonderful. Next year I will start a little earlier or buy a different speces, since these were Italians where they have more heat. In Denmark there are a snowstorm now!
DEZ, I agree.
Alba, perhaps I should install a phone out there! Laugh.
Best thoughts to all of you, ands thank you for your comments,

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 12-04-2010 06:40 AM

Hey Mads, Nice job of recycling! Those are some nice looking tomatoes, too! You must have a green thumb with sawdust on it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 12-04-2010 07:24 PM

Hi Jim,
Yes I think at the end I have more than one color… And also some sawdust on top.
Smile all over my red and dusty face!
Best thoughts,

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

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