TURN TOMATO DREAMS TO REALITY
Build a portable seedling shelter that will help you get a jump on spring.
Legs: 3.2m of 45mm x 45mm treated dressed pine
Struts: 3.5m of 45mm x 20mm treated pine
Slats: 13m of 75mm x 25mm treated dressed pine
Battens: 6.5m of 25mm x 25mm treated pine, 1 sheet 12mm treated ply, 8g x 32mm & 8g x 40mm stainless steel screws, wood glue Skilsaw, drop saw & jig saw, 1 sheet of clear polycarbonate 900mm x 600mm x 3mm clear Liquid Nails 2 x 65mm hinges, 6g x 12mm and 7g x 25mm screws
Wheels: 2 x 100mm 2 x bolts x 90mm, 4 x washers and 2 x Nyloc nuts hammer & chisel
Potting table Legs 4 x 800mm Struts 4 x 500mm, 4 x 800mm Slats 11 x 590mm & 7 x 800mm Cold frame 1 x floor: 725mm x 435mm 2 x sides: 550 x 345mm (back) & 150mm (front) 1 x back: 725 x 350mm 1 x front: 750 x 150mm Lid 780mm x 600mm
Cost of materials: about $360
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1. Using the 40mm screws, drill and countersink all screw holes. Mark up the 4 legs 200mm from the bottom and join two pairs together with struts. Set the strut 20mm from the outer edge. Glue and screw. Repeat at the top of the legs.
2. Join the sides with the shorter struts with a single central screw.
3. Attach the lower slats with 2 screws.
4. Attach the top edge battens by gluing and screwing through the bottom of each end slat into the batten. Attach the upper table slats. Add the back edge batten. Sand, undercoat and paint the table. I used polyurethane on the slats.
5. Cut out, sand, undercoat and paint the handles then glue and screw them just below the top table struts at one end of the table. At the opposite end mark the position of the wheels. Drill holes for each, shorten the leg by 25mm and attach the wheels using bolts with Nyloc nuts.
6. Using the 32mm screws, attach a batten from underneath to the edges of the base. Using the Skilsaw cut a 17° angle to the top edge of the front and back panels. Attach battens to the edges, matching the angles, and set up 25mm from the bottom edge to allow for the base batten. Cut a 17° angle to the top back batten and attach. Attach the front and back to the base. Attach the sides.
7. Cut the lid from the ply sheet. Cut out the centre with the jig saw leaving a 50mm edge each side and 40mm top and bottom. Cut the polycarbonate sheet to size. Mark position, cut a narrow recess and attach the hinges. Paint then, when dry, run a generous bead of Liquid Nails around the top surface and press the polycarbonate sheet into position. Apply pressure and allow to dry. Attach the hinges to the back of the cold frame.
8. Fill, sand and undercoat and apply a top coat of Resene Lumber sider. I used ‘Limerick’ and ‘White’.