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Video Series: Build a Breakfast Booth Bench

Follow along as John White builds the breakfast booth featured in the Fine Homebuilding article Breakfast-Booth Basics. This video series will show you how to make this built-in bench featuring sturdy, straightforward construction details.

Have an empty nook that could use a little inspiration? Follow along as John White, shop foreman at Yestermorrow Design/Build School, builds the breakfast booth featured in the Fine Homebuilding article Breakfast-Booth Basics. This hour-long video tutorial (divided into segments below) demonstrates how to make a built-in featuring sturdy, straightforward construction details. White’s tips will benefit even the most-experienced carpenters.

To learn more about the design principles of this bench, variations of this design and sources for foam cushions, read Breakfast-Booth Basics from Fine Homebuilding's Annual Kitchens & Baths Issue, #191.

Follow this 14-part step-by-step video tutorial

Step  1:   Build a circular saw jig 3:09
Step  2:   Make a box for the base unit 5:01
Step  3:   Install sliding drawer tracks 7:51
Step  4:   Build and install a drawer 5:35
Step  5:   Install the seat top 2:37
Step  6:   Build a jig for tappered cuts 2:55
Step  7:   Install the base unit trim 3:39
Step  8:   Add trim to the leg supports 7:12
Step  9:   Install drawer front faces 3:48
Step 10:   Determine the angle for the back 2:56
Step 11:   Cut a back for the bench 3:21
Step 12:   Mount the back to the base 5:10
Step 13:   Attach trim to the back 4:14
Step 14:   Install wainscoting and final finsh 3:35
Photo by: Krysta S. Doerfler
From Fine Homebuilding191 (Kitchens & Baths)