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8” X 8” Basic Plan

The following booth plan is just a suggestion as to possible construction methods. Although based on an 8’x8’ footprint, you are only limited by safety considerations, the size of the booth you desire, and your own creativity. Neat, tastefully designed structures are encouraged. The years have brought this design prominence as a ‘standard’ of the Pacific Northwest.

These plans are presented here courtesy of the Eugene Saturday Market. It is hoped that this information will benefit all our vendors, both new and old.

A well-built booth for selling your wares is worth the small investment in time and materials. The booth that is described here can be put up or taken down in about five minutes. All parts of the booth just slip together, so there are no nuts or bolts to lose.

Using a natural coloured fire treated canvas for your roof and walls will keep your booth light, airy, and inviting to your customers, as well as showing off your product to advantage. To create a cottage effect, panels for the walls, and even the roof, can also be constructed. These could either be left as weathered wood, or painted in the Shrewsbury “Elizabethan Tudor” theme.

Please be prepared to create a “backdrop” for your booth. This will need to be of a period nature, approximately 5 to 6 feet high. This may either run the full rear length of your space, as one piece, or as a series of “screens” extending from either side. This will also draw attention into your booth by blocking the goings-on around you and behind the scenes areas. Poles and rope with simple hangings, or garden lattice, work very well, and can also be used to increase your display area. The addition of a wooden bench or stools in front of your booth will invite both the Public and passing musicians to visit you.

Before we begin, there are two important things to keep in mind:

1. Follow the instructions. Read through them once before trying any other step.

2. Lumber sizes can be confusing. A two by four (here noted as a 2 x 4 is realty only I x 3 and a “two by two’ (here called a 2 x 2) is really only going to measure 1 ”

Materials Required
Twelve 2 x 2’s, 8 feet long (Try to select pieces free of knots and as straight as possible)
Half a sheet of ” plywood with exterior glue ( ” Masonite may be substituted)
One pound of 4 penny box nails (You may wish to use galvanized nails to prevent rust and streaks. You may even want to use 1 ” decking screws, which are self-threading and can be put in with a 1/4 electric drill or a power screwdriver. They are also not supposed to rust and are very forgiving in that, if you make a mistake in placement they can be backed out easily and property placed. Caution: decking screws are brassy in color and drywall screws are black; drywall screws will rust and streak, if used outdoors.
Two 1 x 2’s, 8 feet long (When selecting the 1x 2s, try to obtain material that is 1 ” or more on the long side. otherwise It will be necessary to get 1 x 3 or 1x 4 material and cut into the 1 5/8” size as described in Step 2.


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