How to Build a Level Drum Riser

Written by wade shaddy
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How to Build a Level Drum Riser
Build your drummer a drum riser with plywood. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A drum riser is vital for your band to appear professional. It also aids in your performance by getting the drummer up high enough for you to make eye contact with him when you are playing. It doesn't take much to build a level drum riser, 18 inches will do just fine. Its best to use a simple design that you can put up and take down easily so that it can be reused again later.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 12 blocks, 4-by-4-by-18 inches
  • 2 sheets fir plywood, 3/4-by-48-by-96 inches
  • Cordless screwgun
  • Wood screws, 2 inch

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  1. 1

    Stand three wood blocks on their ends 96 inches apart. Stand one block in the centre, between the two blocks. Stand up another row of three blocks parallel to the first row 48 inches from the first row. Stand up one more block, centred between the centre two blocks.

  2. 2

    Lay a piece of plywood on top of the blocks. Using the screw gun and screws, screw down through each corner with 3 screws to secure the blocks to the plywood. Stretch two strings diagonally from corner to corner of the plywood.

  3. 3

    Walk out on the plywood and screw three screws where the strings intersect at the "X" pattern to secure the centre block to the plywood.

  4. 4

    Lay out another pattern of blocks in front of the first plywood section. Lay the plywood out on the blocks and screw it down just like the first piece.

  5. 5

    Slide both pieces tight together. Get down on your knees where the two pieces touch each other and screw the 3/4-by-4-by-24 inch piece to the bottom of the plywood flush with the outside edges across both pieces where the two pieces come together. Do both sides. You should have a level drum riser, 8-by-8 feet.

Tips and warnings

  • You should have room for two small monitors on the left and right hand sides at the front of the drum riser. If your drums are exceedingly large, just add another section of plywood where you need it. Lay a piece of carpet on top the riser to keep your drums from slipping around. When you're finished with your gig, just disassemble with the screwgun.
  • Don't predrill anything, screws just strip out in fir.

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