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Season Extenders Revisited

I've been hired to weld together ( 8 ) eight low tunnel season extenders. 8)

( 5 ) 3ft x 8ft
( 2 ) 3ft x 6ft
( 1 ) Cute little 3ft x 4ft

Not sure if they want the heavy duty deer fence on theirs. I really like the plastic fencing on mine. It makes the frame more ridged. Also with the fencing, these tunnels can be used as chicken, duck runs.

Another nice feature with this style tunnel is you can roll the whole thing over to access your plants. With most garden tunnels you have to dismantle to get to the plants. If you just remove the cover, you still have to fight the tunnel ribs. I think my design is better. :D

Here is a series of pictures.

Enough cut pieces for the (5) 3ft x 8ft tunnels.
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/1%20Metal%20and%20Wood%20Garden%20Art/SeasonExtenderTunnels001.jpg[/img]
Here we have the upright stubs attached for two tunnels.
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/1%20Metal%20and%20Wood%20Garden%20Art/SeasonExtenderTunnels003.jpg[/img]

Here's a completed tunnel from last year
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/1%20Metal%20and%20Wood%20Garden%20Art/DSC01680-1.jpg[/img]

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Wow, can you ship me one of those to Alabama?
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Sure, Whip out the check book. :P

I'm thinking about leaving one at the end of the road with a laminate sign on it. Custom Garden Tunnels for sale.

Eric

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Holy crap why couldn't u be in Texas!
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jnunez918 wrote:Holy crap why couldn't u be in Texas!
My name is Eric, not Holy Crap! but I'm sure some here have called me worse names. :P LMFAO

Thank you
Eric

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As always, I am green with envy for your neighbor! Last year, I gave my neighbor enough lumber, windows with frames, and heat tape to make both of us a small cold-frame, roughly 2 x 2 x 1. He's gardening for the first time this year and is pretty handy with wood.

He emailed me recently, asking when we need them. I told him mid-March. This year, I will grow watermelons that don't torment me all the way through September!

It's great to have someone who knows the local weather working on a season extender for you. David knows the wind up here can fell trees and is steady for days on end. I left him to worry about how to keep the windows from blowing off 8)
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Thanks Marlingardener and Stella.

Anything related to gardening and continues the flow of money, works for me.

Stella,
Not the neighbor this time, a new client. :D I have built tunnels for 3 different families and I hope it continues.

Also, Glad to see you are posting this winter. 8)

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More pictures :)

The next step is check for squareness. It doesn't need to be perfect, but I like to be close.
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/1%20Metal%20and%20Wood%20Garden%20Art/SeasonExtenderTunnels007.jpg[/img]

This is the last step in the frame building. I like to use 2 x 4's. These spacers keep the sides parallel, the stubs plumb and the cross beams 3 1/2" off the ground. This 3 1/2" gap takes into account that most raised beds have a crown to them.
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/1%20Metal%20and%20Wood%20Garden%20Art/SeasonExtenderTunnels.jpg[/img]

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Ok, So I lie. The last step is the 2ft drop test. I drop the frame, on my gravel drive, from about 2ft up. Testing for crappy welds. Good thing I'm not building airplanes, one of the welds broke. :shock: :(

Here's a finished frame.
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/1%20Metal%20and%20Wood%20Garden%20Art/SeasonExtenderTunnels009.jpg[/img]

Lab tested and approved

Lead Lab Tech.
[img]https://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h300/eric_wa/1%20Metal%20and%20Wood%20Garden%20Art/SeasonExtenderTunnels010.jpg[/img]

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Nice clean design.


I'd say that Lincoln has paid for itself many many times. :)

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Love my Lincoln "buzz box" welder.
Looking at it, you wouldn't think so, I back a trailer into it. See the big dent?

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Hehe, yeah, I was wondering. They're built to last though. I haven't used one in probably 40 years but it's still going strong.

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Amazing DDF.

You are one hell of a guy my friend. :D

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Real nice work, Eric! I need to learn to weld. Now you have me trying to think of some sort of cover I could make to throw on top of my half barrels at the end of the season! :roll:

You could also advertise with a few pictures on craigslist if you intend to sell them. IDK how popular it is by you, but craigslist has been pretty good to me over the years. And if they're flying so fast that you don't have time to yourself, raise the price a nudge. I think people would definitely buy some of those from ya!
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good stuff, if i grew in rows and could do that id buy one.
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Those are killer! I was looking into making something like that last year for 2 of my beds.

Great work!
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