Over the weekend I started a fairly small new construction project: building some custom wooden shelving for our greenhouse.
Here’s an older photo of the greenhouse, showing the potting bench and a couple of small wire racks:
To increase the capacity of growing space, I designed and am building wooden shelving, sized to fit the greenhouse and the plant trays. I considered various designs, but decided on an outer frame of vertical-oriented 1x2s, with horizontal cross-braces supporting slats, also 1x2s. That should make it more sturdy and tidy than other concepts I considered.
To start, the shelf edge and bracing (perhaps not the proper terms, but works for me):
The shelf slats, with plenty of space for excess water drainage:
After making one prototype shelf, I took it to the greenhouse to confirm the sizing. Perfect fit! The vertical 2×4 represents one of the shelf posts; the posts will be on the ends, resting on the wooden foundation, plus some extra in the middle:
Here you can see the full width. The shelf is 69” wide by 22” deep:
Having confirmed that, I then cloned that shelf three times, for a total of four shelves at the back of the greenhouse, each shelf taking a total of 10 8’ 1×2 boards:
That done, I made a couple of sets of side posts and shelf supports out of 2x4s. It probably would have been plenty sturdy using 2x2s, but no harm making it stronger. The shelves will rest on and be screwed into those supports. The bottom ones are treated 2x4s sticking half below the posts, as they will also be screwed into the wooden foundation, so the shelves can’t tip over:
Finally for now, I started on the back posts and supports. These are just to help prevent the shelves from sagging in the middle. This isn’t quite done, as it’ll have a 2×4 at the top to mount a power strip onto:
That’s all I had time for this past weekend. Next weekend (probably), I’ll install weed mat on the floor of the greenhouse, finish the posts, and install them.
After that (probably a subsequent weekend), I will also build a second set of shelves along the right-hand wall of the greenhouse; much the same as the back ones, and connected to them. So the final result will be about 95 square feet of L-shaped shelving. That’ll hold a lot of seedlings!
Later, once the ground unfreezes, I will add a couple of taps and irrigation emitters for all of the shelves to water the plants.