How to Make a Portable Stage

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How to Make a Portable Stage
Build a portable stage to suit any venue (stage set up image by Mosista Pambudi from Fotolia.com)

Constructing a portable stage for indoor or outdoor use is a task that anyone with basic do-it-yourself skills can achieve. Whether you are a party organiser, a musician or an after-dinner speaker, having a stage that you can pack up and take with you can turn any space into a suitable venue. Give a professional performance and leave a lasting impression knowing that everyone in the crowd will be able to see the whole event.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 4-foot by 4-foot 5-ply plywood sheet.
  • 4 lengths of 4-foot 2 by 4 lumber
  • 8 lengths of 20-inch 2 by 4 lumber
  • 80 galvanised 1/16 screws
  • drill
  • wood drill bit
  • 1/16 countersink drill bit
  • jigsaw
  • power screwdriver
  • wood glue
  • workbench
  • tape measure
  • carpenter's square
  • pencil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Secure a 4-foot length of lumber on the workbench. Measure one inch from the end, along its thick side and, draw a line across it using the carpenter's square. Measure 1/2-inch along the line from the edge and mark with a pencil, then measure 1 1/2-inches along the line and mark. Do this at both ends of each 4-foot length of lumber.

  2. 2

    Measure 1-foot from the pencil line along the length of wood and draw a line using the carpenter's square, do this on both ends of the lumber. Measure 1/2-inch along each pencil line and mark the points with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Drill holes through the lumber at each marked point, using a drill with a 1/16 drill bit. Countersink the drilled holes by 1/16-inch with the countersink drill bit. This ensures that, when assembled, the stage will have no exposed screw heads. You will now have a length of lumber with eight holes drilled along its length.

  4. 4

    Lay the drilled length of lumber on top of another 4-foot length and secure on the workbench. Use the top piece as a template to drill all the holes in the remaining sections of 4-foot lumber. Insert the drill with the 1/16-drill bit through each hole and mark drill points in the lower piece of lumber. Once all the holes have been marked, drill them through completely and countersink them with the countersink drill bit.

  5. 5

    Screw a 20-inch piece of lumber at each end of a 4-foot length, using the power screwdriver, to form a U-shape. Place a 4-foot length across the top of the U-shape to form a rectangle and screw in place.

  6. 6

    Lay the rectangle on the ground and place two 20-inch lengths of lumber across the rectangle, in line with the pre-drilled holes and screw them in place with the power screwdriver. This creates the frame of one half of the stage, assemble the other half in the same way.

  7. 7

    Cut the plywood in half, with the jigsaw, so that you have two 4-foot by 2-foot sections. Lay one assembled frame on the ground and apply wood glue along its top edge. Place one half of the plywood onto the frame. Set aside to dry and assemble the other frame and plywood sheet in the same way.

  8. 8

    Drill pilot holes along the top surface of the plywood, 1-inch from the edge, drilling two evenly spaced holes every foot. Countersink the holes and use the power screwdriver to drive in the screws.

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