I came home the other day to find three beautiful cold frames that my husband had built for me. What a nice surprise! I love them. And I REALLY love my husband...
I've been saving old windows for a while now, but had forgotten these were in the cellar. They're the ones that were taken out of our 1928 farmhouse when the previous owner replaced them with vinyl framed windows.
The bases were made out of some salvage cedar 1" x 12" that we had. He measured the windows and the built the boxes to those dimensions. The backs were the full 1" x 12", the sides cut on an angle so that one end was 12" and tapered down to 10", and the fronts were cut down to 1" x 10". The 2" slope from front to back makes it easier for the rain to run off. (Side note: my husband, the carpenter, corrected me and said that the actual measurements for a 1" x 12" varied between 11" and 11.5". And he's telling this to a woman who eyeballs things for 'close enough' and whose measurements are generally so many inches and 'three little marks'...)
You can see here how he put them together. Very simple construction using some screws that we had here at the house. But you could use nails. And no bottoms. I may put some pea gravel in the bottoms later in the spring. Can't wait to fill them with my flats of planted veggie and flower seeds.
The windows were attached using some standard 3" hinges. I love things old and weathered so we are leaving them the way they are. It just makes me happy to see them all lined up.
Want to build your own? All you need to do is gather:
- Old wood frame windows
- Salvage wood 1 x 12. We used cedar, but any scrap wood would do.
- Nails or screws
- 2 metal hinges for each frame
- Hammer or screwdriver