Sketch This! #3: Booth

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Blog entry by John Steffen posted 1670 days ago 1067 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Re: Entryway Bench Part 3 of Sketch This! series Part 4: Ottoman/Coffee Table »

I’ve always really liked the idea of having a booth or booths in my home that would be separate from the dining room and used more regularly as a breakfast nook, or a place to study or just to have more room when we have family over for the holidays.

Anyway, we’re remodeling our whole main floor and I would like to put two non-stationary booths in the newly opened-up kitchen.


Once again, this should be a very sturdy piece.


I had wider boards on the top of the table so that it would share the same look with the benches (4 boards across with one at each end) but she wanted the boards to be similar size rather than scaled up. I’m not sure I’m keen on it yet.

Table Bottom


The benches are fairly similar to the entryway bench from my previous blog, but has several significant modifications.

Bench Side

I’m not sure exactly how I want to carry out the joints between the back legs and the backrest support. The angle is a bit awkward to go with a dovetail, but I want something that looks nice.

Bench Bottom

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#1 posted 1670 days ago

Cool sketch work

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1670 days ago

That’s a very cool design nicely done in SketchUp. I love nooks like that. I think your table might benefit from some diagonal bracing between the vertical legs and the top/feet. I also realize that it might interfere with getting in and out. My $0.02… Keep us posted.

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#3 posted 1670 days ago

Looks promising…I’ll be following this one.

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#4 posted 1670 days ago

Love the idea can’t wait to see this one come together

-- Scott, California,

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#5 posted 1661 days ago

Hi Hank, nice job on the drawing. I caught it when I saw your more recent post. I’m wondering about the vertical parts of the table legs that look like they terminate into the feet with a dovetail. Does that cut the foot into two pieces or is it somehow notched into the cross brace?


-- Jim

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#6 posted 1661 days ago

looks like a good start – I too noticed those dovetails on the verticals that are through dovetails and might jeopardize the strength and stability of the structure.

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#7 posted 1661 days ago

Jim, the thought with that particular joint would be to have the dovetail only maybe 3/4” or 1” deep. The legs and feet would be made out of 3”x3” material, so the rigidity of the feet shouldn’t be compromised much by the dovetail.

The only thing I hadn’t figured out 100% was the stretcher between where the legs and feet intersect. I figured I could put a shallow mortise and tenon joint in there somehow without competing for space with the dovetail.

—I’m not sure “foot” or “feet” is the proper thing to call the horizontal part of the legs, but they sort of look like a foot extending from a leg, so I’m going with it.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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