Creating a Small Cold Frame Greenhouse from Reclaimed Wood

Creating a Small Cold Frame Greenhouse from Reclaimed Wood

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Building a small chilly body greenhouse from reclaimed wooden is a pleasurable and sustainable weekend mission. Unlike some fast tutorials, this mission requires time and dedication. Expect to spend a full day on this mission. So, seize your favourite drink, sit again, and benefit from the technique of studying and making.

For a step-by-step video tutorial on make your personal chilly body greenhouse with reclaimed wooden, try our video tutorial on YouTube.

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What You’ll Need

Prepare quite a lot of instruments to streamline the development course of. Here’s what we used, however be at liberty to adapt based mostly on what you’ve got:

  • Planer/thicknesser
  • Table Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Drill Press
  • Drill
  • Impact Driver
  • Metal Detector


We predominantly use reclaimed wooden for our tasks, however be at liberty to make use of any materials of your alternative. Here’s what we used:

  • Pallet Wood
  • Reclaimed Roof Trusses
  • Reclaimed Window, with intact glass
  • Chipboard Screws
  • A Piano Hinge

While stainless-steel screws and hinges are perfect for outside tasks like this, we labored with what we had resulting from COVID-19 restrictions on the time of constructing. Embracing constraints can encourage creativity.

Measurements For The Cold Frame Greenhouse

  • x Back Legs @ 110cm (43.31 inches) x 4.5cm (1.77 inches) x 3.5cm (1.38 inches)
  • 2x Front Legs @ 99cm (38.98 inches) x 4.5cm (1.77 inches) x 3.5cm (1.38 inches)
  • 6x Side Boards @ 54cm (21.26 inches) x 13cm (5.12 inches) x 2cm (0.79 inches)
  • 6x Front And Back Boards @ 120cm (47.24 inches) x 13cm (5.12 inches) x 2cm (0.79 inches)
  • 1x Backer For Hinge Attachment @ 120cm (47.24 inches) x 2.5cm (0.98 inches) x 2cm (0.79 inches)
  • 1x Front Lip @ 120cm (47.24 inches) x 3.5cm (1.38 inches) x 2cm (0.79 inches)
  • 3x Bottom Boards @ 120cm (47.24 inches) x 13cm (5.12 inches) x 2cm (0.79 inches)
  • 2x Gap Fillers @ 109cm (42.91 inches) x 6cm (2.36 inches) x 2cm (0.79 inches)
  • 2x Supports @ 80cm (31.50 inches) x 3.5cm (1.38 inches) x 2cm (0.79 inches)

Step-by-Step Instructions

Begin by operating a metallic detector over the reclaimed wooden to take away any metallic items.

Cut the roofing trusses to dimension for the legs utilizing a desk noticed and miter noticed. Plane the boards to tidy them up and guarantee uniform thickness and straighten the board edges utilizing a jointer sled on the desk noticed, then reduce to remaining dimension.

Cut the facet boards to size utilizing the miter noticed. Create a 10-degree angle alongside the size of two facet boards for the highest of the greenhouse.

Cut a 10-degree angle alongside the tops of the legs to accommodate the reclaimed window.

Mark and drill countersink holes on the boards for screws.

Fix the facet boards to the legs, making certain flush alignment and fix the again boards, then the entrance boards and entrance lip. Then, set up the underside boards, leaving even gaps for drainage.

Reinforce the underside boards with brackets as wanted and fix the backer for hinge attachment.

Finally, connect the reclaimed window to the backer utilizing the piano hinge.

Why Do You Need a Cold Frame Greenhouse?

A small greenhouse, also called a mini or micro greenhouse, is ideal for rising vegetable seedlings. Especially in occasions like these, it’s a sensible method to cut back journeys to the shop and enhance your immune system with contemporary, home-grown produce.

The compact dimension of the greenhouse makes it appropriate for even small areas, and its waist peak design ensures snug entry with out straining your again.

Happy gardening!

About the Authors

Michael Martin and Nikki Rixon began their enterprise Reclaim Design in 2013. Subscribe to their YouTube channel for extra movies full of sensible recommendation, eco-friendly ideas, and inspiration that can assist you stay a extra sustainable life.