This step by step diy project is about diy attached greenhouse translucent panels. This is PART 2 of the project, where I show you how to build the cleats and how to attach the translucent panels to the exterior of the greenhouse. 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. See all my Premium Plans HERE.
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DIY Attached Greenhouse Translucent Panels
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- A – 1 piece of 1×3 lumber – 99 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 34 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 80 1/2″ long, 6 pieces – 22 1/2″ long, 4 pieces – 59″ long, 1 piece – 12 3/4″ long FRONT CLEATS
- B – 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 144″ long, 6 pieces – 22 1/2″ long SIDE CLEATS
- C – 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 96″ long, 6 pieces – 22 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 99 1/4″ long, 1 piece – 22 1/4″ long BACK CLEATS
- D – 4 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 144″ long, 6 pieces – 29 3/4″ long TOP CLEATS
- E – 2 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 22 1/2″ long, 2 pieces – 26 3/4″ long 3xVENT
- F – 6 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 22 1/2″ long, 6 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 22 1/2″ long TRIMS
- 16 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 8′
- 10 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 12′
- 5 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 8′
- 5 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 8′
- automatic vent opener, hinges
- 2 1/2″ screws, 3 1/2″ screws, 1 5/8″ screws
- 4d nails, 16d nails
- wood filler , wood glue, stain/paint
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- PART 1: 8×12 Attached Greenhouse Plans
- PART 2: 8×12 Greenhouse Trims & Vents Plans
Attaching the translucent panels
Fit the 2×2 supports to the roof of the lean to greenhouse. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and secure them to the rafters with 2 1/2″ screws. You can frame as many vents as you want. You can adjust the size of the vent openings to suit your needs.
Build the vent frames from 2×2 lumber. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the 26 3/4″ plywood components and insert 2 1/2″ screws to lock the frames together tightly. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.
Fit the translucent panels to the vents. Alternatively you can use 1×2 trims over the vents, so you can lock the components together tightly.
Fit 1×3 cleats to the front of the greenhouse. Cut the trims at the right dimensions and shapes and then secure them into place with 1 5/8″ screws. Leave no gaps between the components. These cleats are required so you can attach the translucent panels.
Fit the 1×3 trims to the back of the greenhouse, using the same techniques described above.
Fit the 1×3 trims to the side of the greenhouse, as well.
Fit the 1×3 cleats to the top of the lean to greenhouse. Moreover, you need to fit 1×2 trims around the vents. Use 1 15/8″ screws to secure the trims into place tightly.
The next step of the project is to hang the door into place. You can use a door or you can make one easily from 2×2 lumber. If you are going to use a pre-hung door, I strongly recommend you to adjust the size of the door opening, to suit your needs.
Fit the vents to the roof of the greenhouse. Use hinges to secure the vents to the frame tightly. Moreover, you could install automatic vent openers, so you control the temperature inside the greenhouse.
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. Moreover, you can adjust the size of the greenhouse to suit your needs. Check out PART 1 of the project, so you learn how to build the frame of the greenhouse.
This woodworking project was about 8×12 attached greenhouse vent plans. 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.