Stacked Grow Light Tables

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Project by luv2learn posted 03-22-2012 03:34 AM 5432 views 15 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here in Northern Idaho (90 miles south of the Canadian border) our gardening season is short. So my wife, who loves to garden, wanted to get a head start on the season by starting her plants inside. I built these stacked, and mobile, light tables to take advantage of the limited space we have in our garage/shop.

I bought the 2’x4’ fixtures for $8.00 each from the local Habitat for Humanity store. The light table units are nothing more than 2×4 construction. I rabbited insets in the table top frames to accommodate a piece of 3/8” particle board. Each light fixture has a 12” vertical adjustment to accommodate the plants as they grow.

I did change the ballast on the fixtures to power T8 daylight bulbs rather than the original T12s. Both would work but the T*s are more energy efficient. All the fixtures are on a timer.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to have fancy grow light bulbs to be successful. These daylight bulbs work great. In the first photo you will notice two of the fixtures are on and adjusted down to almost touching the table top. My wife started geranium seeds two days ago and they are now starting to sprout. Oh, and it has been snowing outside for the last two days :).

These are nothing fancy, just a practical, inexpensive way to solve a need :)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#1 posted 03-22-2012 04:13 AM

Danged Awesome!


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#2 posted 03-22-2012 12:00 PM

That is an amazing build. When TSHTF, you will be one of the those that thrives, not just survives. I really like the mechanism for height adjustment. You should submit plans (if original) to Mother earth news for publication!
Thanks for sharing it with us.

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#3 posted 03-22-2012 12:02 PM

some gr8 engineering there. I’ll bet these work really well for startin your plants.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 03-22-2012 01:50 PM

Great build!! Now that’s innovation. Happy gardening to you and the wife.

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#5 posted 03-22-2012 02:41 PM

You have a happy gardener for sure. Great job.

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#6 posted 03-22-2012 02:48 PM

Those are so cool !! Have you shared these on the garden tender sight also? Great job.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#7 posted 03-22-2012 04:01 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind comments. ratchet, there are no plans for this build, it was one of my typical “fly by the pants” type builds. levan, I tried to get on the garden tenders site using my lumberjocks email and password and that didn’t work. I thought if you were a member of one of the sites you had access to all three. I guess access is different than membership ;( Help!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 03-22-2012 04:54 PM

Grow some herb be free!

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#9 posted 03-22-2012 05:30 PM

Really good build… My wife also likes to garden. I’m going to try to not show her these, otherwise they will end up on my (already long) “honey do” list… LOL

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown

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#10 posted 03-22-2012 06:34 PM

If mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery I intend to flatter you greatly. Very clever and nice looking.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#11 posted 03-22-2012 08:13 PM

Very clever

-- Joe from Western Ma.... Peace to all

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#12 posted 03-22-2012 10:35 PM

Hey Jack_T, mimic away :) You probably will build it better and come up with your own unique touches. One thing I have to add to these is some diagonal braces to better support the uprights. That is one of my “round-to-its” :)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 03-22-2012 11:18 PM

That is absolutely the coolest!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 03-23-2012 01:25 AM

Great looking project! Thanks for sharing.

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#15 posted 03-23-2012 03:28 AM

would love to sample some of your harvest but its a great lookin project topnotch

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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