Small Lean to Greenhouse Plans

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This step by step diy project is about 8×10 small lean to greenhouse plans. I have designed this small lean to greenhouse so you can grow that organic vegetables or to keep all your flowers protected from the cold during winter. Take a look over the rest of my woodworking plans, if you want to get more building inspiration.

When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Investing in cedar or other weather resistant lumber is a good idea, as it will pay off on the long run. Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.

 

 

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Small Lean to Greenhouse Plans

Building a small lean to greenhouse

Building a small lean to greenhouse

 

  • A – 2 pieces of 4×4 lumber – 96″ long, 2 pieces – 120″ long SKIDS
  • B – 3 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 120″ long, 8 pieces – 94 1/2″ long SIDE WALL
  • C – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 120″ long, 8 pieces – 72″ long, 3 pieces – 22 1/2″ long SIDE WALL
  • D – 1 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 98″ long, 1 piece – 89 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 32″ long, 2 pieces – 54″ long, 4 pieces – 72″ long FRONT WALL
  • E – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 89″ long, 5 pieces – 72″ long, 1 piece – 5 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 11 3/4″ long, 1 piece – 18″ long BACK WALL
  • F – 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 100″ long, 4 pieces – 19 3/4″ long, 6 pieces – 22 1/2″ long RAFTERS

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Building a Small Lean to Greenhouse

Skids

Skids

The first step of the project is to build the base for the lean to greenhouse. Use 4×4 lumber for the beams. As you can easily notice in the plans, you have to make notches to both ends of the beams. Make 1 3/4″ deep cuts to both ends of the beams and then remove the excess with a chisel. Smooth the surface with sandpaper for a professional result.

Building the base

Building the base

The next step of the project is to choose the location for the greenhouse. Remove the vegetation layer and then level the surface thoroughly. Align the beams with attention, making sure the corners are square and then lock them together with 3 1/2″ screws. Drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

Building the front wall frame

Building the front wall frame

The next step of the wood project is to build the front wall for the greenhouse. Cut the components from 2×4 lumber at the right dimensions. Align the edges with attention and make sure the corners are square. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs as shown in the diagram.

Tall side wall - Frame

Tall side wall – Frame

Build the tall side wall for the lean to greenhouse from 2×4 lumber. Drill pilot holes through the plates and then insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs every 24″ on center, for a professional result. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush. Place double studs to both ends of the walls, for a professional result.

Side wall - Frame

Side wall – Frame

The next step of the garden project is about framing the opposite wall for the greenhouse. Use the same techniques to get the job done in a professional manner.

Back wall - Frame

Back wall – Frame

Assemble the back wall for the greenhouse from 2×4 lumber at the right dimensions. Drill pilot holes through the plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the studs. Place the studs as shown in the diagram for a professional result. Check if the corners are square and align the edges flush.

Assembling the greenhouse plans

Assembling the greenhouse plans

Place the wall frames to the base of the greenhouse. Align the edges flush and plumb the wall frames with a spirit level. Drill pilot holes through the bottom plates and insert 3 1/2″ screws into the base skids. Moreover, you need to lock the adjacent wall together tightly with 3 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and check if the edges are flush.

Building the rafters

Building the rafters

Build the rafters from 2×4 lumber. Mark the cut lines on the slats and then get the job done with a circular saw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.

Fittting the rafters

Fitting the rafters

Fit the rafters to the top of the greenhouse and then place them every 24″ on center. Drill pilot holes and insert 3 1/2″ screws to secure the rafters into plates tightly.

Roof supports

Roof supports

Fit the 2×4 supports to the back end of the greenhouse. Make angle cuts to the supports and then secure them into place 2 1/2″ screws. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and insert screws to lock them into place tightly.

Fittring the roof blockings

Fitting the roof blockings

Fit 2×4 blockings between the rafters, so you can enhance the rigidity of the greenhouse. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and secure them to the rafters with 2 1/2″ screws.

Small lean to greenhouse plans - Back view

Small lean to greenhouse plans – Back view

You really need to take a look over PART 2 of the greenhouse, where I show you how to build the front door, the vents and how to fit the trims. The trims will lock the plastic foil into place tightly.

Small lean to greenhouse plans - Side view

Small lean to greenhouse plans – Side view

This lean to greenhouse is ideal if you want to build a shelter for your flowers during the cold days. You can easily attach this greenhouse to an existing building.

 

 

This woodworking project was about 8×10 small lean to greenhouse plans free. If you want to see more outdoor plans, check out the rest of our step by step projects and follow the instructions to obtain a professional result.

 

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