Build a two-tier corner shelving unit for growing small plants, complete with foil-lined grow-light canopies and plastic-lined shelves that drain automatically to make watering easy. Better yet, it doesn't require any terribly fancy tools or skills and all the materials for the whole project cost only $90.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
You'll need the stuff pictured, all of which can be bought at Home Depot.
- 2 five-inch hood work light fixtures. You won't use the metal hoods so buy the smallest ones to save money.
- 2 compact fluorescent grow light bulbs, standard socket size
- 1 mechanical lamp timer
- 1 roll of 3' wide clear plastic sheeting (you need two 24" x 24" squares.)
In addition, you'll need other stuff I didn't explicitly photograph. All of it can be purchased at Home Depot, also, with the possible exception of the tinfoil.
- 1 "handy panel" sized piece of 1/2" birch plywood (handy panel = 24" x 48", easy to move in a car.)
- a 14" x 14" square of some other 1/2" thick plywood, can be lousy quality
- two strips of 1/8" plywood for the canopies; each strip should be 5 11/16" wide and about 35" long.
- standard white multi-plug extension cord (to plug both lights into)
- white duct tape, or something similar, to cover up the cords for aesthetics
- two 1/4" x 1/4" x 2" sticks of scrap plywood or MDF or something (for mounting the lights to the canopies)
- two 8" x 10" white basic shelving brackets
- four 3" x 5" white basic shelving brackets
- one of the special wide rolls of Reynolds Heavy-Duty Aluminum Foil
- about a 50" length of 1/2" PVC electrical conduit or other lightweight, small plastic tube, for drainage
- A bunch of screws and two finishing nails.
You will need the following tools:
- Wood saw of some kind. I used a miter saw & circular saw, but you could use a hand saw, there's not much cutting to do.
- Hot glue gun
- Staple Gun