previous
  • NEW Video Series: There's a Better Way
    NEW Video Series: There's a Better Way
  • 10 Combinations for Shade
    10 Combinations for Shade
  • Indoor Seed Starting Materials List
    Indoor Seed Starting Materials List
  • Using Containers as Elements of a Design
    Using Containers as Elements of a Design
  • Seed Starting in Speedling Trays
    Seed Starting in Speedling Trays
  • 10 Seed-Starting Tips
    10 Seed-Starting Tips
  • Building Better Borders
    Building Better Borders
  • Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid
    Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid
  • DIY A-Frame Veggie Trellis
    DIY A-Frame Veggie Trellis
  • Planting the Right Way
    Planting the Right Way
  • Go Green on the Patio
    Go Green on the Patio
  • 3 Ways to Design with Containers
    3 Ways to Design with Containers
  • 20 Gardenworthy Self-Sowers
    20 Gardenworthy Self-Sowers
  • Garden Design Basics
    Garden Design Basics
  • Pick Plants for Fragrance
    Pick Plants for Fragrance
  • How to Grow Mustard
    How to Grow Mustard
  • Homegrown / Homemade
    Homegrown / Homemade
  • Black Plants Done Right
    Black Plants Done Right
  • Plant Finder: Spring Plants
    Plant Finder: Spring Plants
  • Bold and Beautiful Zinnias
    Bold and Beautiful Zinnias
  • Rex Begonias
    Rex Begonias
  • Get your FREE Everyday Roses download now!
    Get your FREE Everyday Roses download now!
next

Slideshow: Cold Frame Construction Details

comments (2) September 24th, 2010 in blogs
Ruth Ruth
52 users recommend

Video Length: 6:23
Produced by: Rob Wotzak


Carpenter Rob Wotzak has built a good-looking, cedar cold frame with an acrylic top and a heat-sensitive solar lift that opens and closes the top automatically to regulate the temperature inside. In this slideshow he talks about the design, the materials, and the construction assembly sequence. You'll see how he laid out and cut the angled side pieces, assembled the lid and box, and installed the hinges and the lift.

Rob created the plan for this cold frame using Google SketchUp, a free design tool. (It can also be used for laying out garden spaces, among other applications.) You can learn how to use it with the tutorials on the SketchUp site.

The lift shown here comes from charleysgreenhouse.com.

Rob's article, "An Easy-to-Build Cold Frame," appears in the November/December issue of Fine Gardening magazine (#136). The article includes a dimensioned drawing of the cold frame.

More SketchUp resources:
FineWoodworking.com's Design. Click. Build. blog
FineHomebuilding.com's Digital Job Site blog



posted in: Projects, cold frame

Comments (2)

DougGordon writes: Lifts from Gardener's Supply

http://www.gardeners.com/Automatic-Vent-Opener/GreenhousesSheds_Accessories,11-229,default,cp.html

$65.00 each Posted: 7:48 pm on October 5th
Hrabbai writes: Where can you purchase the solar lift? Posted: 9:45 am on October 4th
You must be logged in to post comments. Log in.