Table of Contents
- 2Something special about a wooden glasshouse
- 3The structure of the thing
- 4Rebates and trenches
- 5The wood and wood sizes
- 6The glasshouse glass - Terminologies
- 7The order of making
- 8Wood you will need
- 9Wood list per section
- 10Floor (footprint) and front elevation plans
- 11Step 1. Get and stack the wood
- 12Plans - High wall (step 2)
- 13Step 2. Make up the high (left side) wall
- 14Plans - Front wall (step 3)
- 15Step 3 after. Make up the front wall
- 16How to - Cut rebates and trenches
- 17Plans - Rear wall (step 4)
- 18Step 4 (after). Make up the rear wall
- 19Plans - Low wall (step 5)
- 20Step 5 (after). Make up the low wall
- 21Plans - Roof frame (step 6)
- 22Step 6 (after). Make up the roof frame
- 23Step 7. Make up the windows | Plans and instructions
- 24Plans - Door (step 8)
- 25Step 8. Make up the door
- 26Step 9. Paint it
- 27Step 10. Level the site area
- 28Step 11. Stand the walls
- 29Step 12. Complete and position the roof frame
- 30Step 13. Hang the door
- 31Glass sizes and quantity
- 32Step 14. Glazing time
- 33Step 15. Gutter and drainage
- 34Step 16. Get the windows working
- 35A couple of photos
The glasshouse glass – Terminologies
3 Abbreviation for millimeter which is a metric unit of length equal to one thousandth of a meter. 25.4 mm equals one inch. thick standard glass is commonly used for glasshouses in England.
There are specific sizes that are called in inches (even though England uses the Millimeter measurements. system) for width and length, and millimetres for thickness.
For example: A standard piece of glass is 18″ x 24″ x 3mm – Called by a mixture of metric and Standard. Feet and inch measurements..
Note: If your glasshouse is subject to a lot of kids playing around it, maybe a thicker tempered glass might be in order (albeit a lot more expensive) or even polycarbonate might be worth considering.
Note: Some countries including USA seem to be trending more toward polycarbonate than glass.
Polycarbonate is a lot stronger than glass, I guess it boils down to availability, price, and whether you’re a traditionalist or not.
Because this was my second project in London I had acquired a few basic tools and a bit of knowledge regarding local Timber, lumber. The hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees. I also got to grips with a slightly different terminology to what I was used of.
For this article I am going to refer to all wooden members as ‘wood’.
In North America framing wood is referred to as Any of the framing wood. (example: a piece of 2×3 lumber), In Australasia it is referred to as timber (example: a piece of 50mm x 75mm timber).
I am going to refer to it as ‘wood’ (example: a piece of 50mm x 75mm (2×4) wood). I’m sure everyone can understand that.
All in all, wood is wood, nails are nails, screws are screws, and other stuff is other stuff – so it’s just really a matter of finding the best suit for your needs and getting on with the job.