Valentine Photo Booth

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 02-11-2015 01:32 AM 1455 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A young lady my daughter went to school with sent me a message Sunday evening asking if I could build her a photo booth. She needs it for this coming Friday! She also sent several pictures and said “anything like this will do”. She’s in a bind because her uncle was going to build it but backed out at the last minute. That’s OK. I can take care of that.

So, I sat down and broke out the sketch pad.

I sent her my original version and she liked it. Then she asked if I could build it so the top would come off for transportation. I modified the drawing and sent it to her for approval. She loved it so it was all ahead full throttle.

I built it using 5/16 inch bolts and wing nuts so she can take the sign and vertical supports apart to transport it. I added support under the counter top so it won’t sag when leaned on. The counter top is 32 inches high.

Materials used are 5 1/2 inch x 5/8 inch cedar fence pickets and 2×4 pre-cut studs – about $60 total. I had some bolts and washers but had to buy a few wing nuts and 4ea 3 inch bolts for the sign.

I built the side frames using half lap joints with glue and staples. They turned out nice and sturdy. The sign supports bolt to the booth via half lap and 5/16 inch bolts (2 on each side), washers and wing nuts.

I am still learning how to use Sketchup but I managed to draw this thing in a couple of hours and submit it for her approval. Pretty snazzy, huh?

We delivered it at lunch today. The first picture is it sitting in her garage. She is very happy and now I know why. She is going to decorate it and create a Valentine’s announcement to announce that she is expecting her second child. That made it even more special that we (my wife and I) could help out.

Here are a few pics of the project. It could be a TIKI bar for short people! Or any kind of bar. And no doubt, her four year old daughter will get a lot of use out of it.

First the examples she sent for me to consider.

Here is my version.

Then the modified version she approved for construction.

Countertop support

Sign bracket.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 02-11-2015 04:52 AM

Great job. It really looks nice.

-- Chris, Sparks Nevada,

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#2 posted 02-11-2015 12:41 PM

Looks like a spot to sip a pint er two

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 02-11-2015 03:03 PM

Like it a lot. love the simplicity. brings to mind Lucy’s Psychiatric Help Desk…

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#4 posted 02-11-2015 04:52 PM

very cool!!

-- helen

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#5 posted 02-14-2015 05:40 PM

Nikki sent me a picture of her set up. She’s a happy camper.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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