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« on: August 07, 2011, 03:06:01 pm »

Here's my recently completed snack bar.


The snack bar consists of an 1/8-inch masonite sign with LED chaser lights,


four fabric panels, each with a casing and two ties,


a 2- by 4-foot Lifetime table,


and one-inch PVC pipe, sprayed with red Krylon Fusion for Plastics.


Normally, the table will sit inside the frame for self-serve, as we rarely have more than 8 adults and children.
But during larger events (soccer parties), someone will man the snack bar and the table will sit part-way
outside the frame.


When it does sit outside the frame, it will have it's own apron (attached with duct tape rolls).


The construction is as follows:
As the frame is assembled, the fabric panels are slipped on.


The frame is placed on its back and the sign is attached to the top.


Then the unit is walked into a standing position (much like putting up a large screen).


Finally, the lights are plugged in and the top fabric panel is pulled over the highest PVC bar and
allowed to drape down the back. The panels are tied at the bottom. Flags are inserted.


Update: Following the lead of OldThornRun's post, New Concession Stand (Backyard and Outdoor Theater Showcase).
I added a small eye screw to the stucco wall (painted wall color) and used a zip tie to secure at the top.


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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2011, 03:24:08 pm »

That is very impressive. I'm sure it totally enhances your backyard experience.
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2011, 04:00:34 pm »

that is VERY nice !!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2011, 04:13:37 pm »

I Hate you!!! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2011, 05:36:16 pm »

 Cheesy
Cecilb,
That made me laugh right out loud.
Thanks for the "compliment".
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2011, 06:07:55 pm »

May I ask the total cost for frame and the red & white cloth.
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2011, 07:46:49 pm »

"May I ask the total cost for frame and the red & white cloth."

I had all the pipe and fittings, as I cut these pieces from an old shelter I made a couple of years ago. So the only thing cost-wise for me was the paint ($7/can). I used a tiny bit over one can and I tried to be careful. Still, I had to buy two.

As near as I can figure, however, if I were to have started from scratch, the cost of pipe and fitting would be about $70 dollars (that's on the high side - maybe less, but I don't want to let anyone think it's cheaper and they find they're in too deep to get out, if it starts costing too much.) When you go from 3/4-inch to 1-inch fittings, the cost goes WAY up. This could be made much more cheaply if you used 3/4-inch, which would work just fine. But I'm pretty sure 3/4-inch won't support a heavy sign, no matter how you may reinforce it.  Still, you could make a cloth sign, like this one I made for an arcade game (just a real wide pillow case).


As for the fabric . . . I bought a lot of it about 4 or 5 years ago for a carnival my neighbor's school was putting on, and I remember that it was expensive back then - maybe $9/yard. It is 56 inches wide, so there was no need to piece even the widest panels.  A yard did both side panels. I researched red striped fabric on line, and found some narrow striped fabric for $8.48/yd. Update: I found the fabric here for $8.98/yd.

I think I used about 6 yards for all four panels and the apron around the table. At $9/yard, that's $54.
So the total would be $124. Again, I am figuring on the high side, using the most expensive material.
Not cheap, but it breaks down and fits in a closet!
Hope this helps.
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2011, 05:38:41 am »

Once again:  A very nice job.   Have fun and enjoy it>
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2011, 08:24:44 am »

Thats great....nice job






The only snack bar talent I have is on the otherside of it. Wink
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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2011, 02:03:38 pm »

I love that concession stand!  It's something I may consider once I get up and running.  If anyone on here lives in the Los Angeles area, you can buy inexpensive fabric wholesale in the Fashion District in downtown L.A. around 9th & Wall St. as cheap as $1 a yard.  That's where I bought my BOC fabric for $4 a yard before I decided to get a Gemmy.
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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2011, 12:41:25 pm »

Outstanding!  Clever design and nice finished look to it.  Congrats on the great project.

I liked OldThornRun's too, with the places for film posters to hang.

Right on!

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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2011, 07:46:17 pm »

Nice snack bar.

I know this is off topic; but what size popcorn machine are you using in the picture (8oz?).

Hopefully, I can get get creative and do something similar in the near future.
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« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2011, 05:37:14 pm »

Swamp,
I bought a Gold Medal 4 oz. machine. I read so many rave reviews about Gold Medal, that despite its higher price, it just seemed like the logical choice. I've followed all the suggestions on this forum and have never been led astray.

There were many posts that cautioned against the 4 oz. model. But the objection to this machine seemed to have to do with supplying popcorn to large crowds. We only host very small groups at our "shows" so there was no need to spring for a bigger model. For one thing, kids AND adults get a kick out of watching the popcorn come out of the kettle. So having to make two, three, or four batches adds to everyone's fun.

It's important to note that once I start up my Mac laptop, I don't have anything to do with the movie. It's all programed, start to finish. So having to keep an eye on the popcorn machine is not a problem.

If I think we are going to have a lot of kids (soccer party, birthday parties, etc.), then I'll make a couple of batches ahead of time and just leave the heater and light on. But that's not often.
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« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2011, 05:15:11 pm »

Magnificent!
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« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2011, 03:17:54 pm »

I love your design of the snack bar...
I am designing a marquee for the front yard and have been looking for the chaser lights.
Could you give me a little help and let me know where you found them??

Thanks,
Eddie
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